Why We Walk: A Client Story

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When Teresa* called the Care Center to make an appointment, she had just taken a positive pregnancy test at home. The test left her feeling shocked, uncertain, and looking for options.

Teresa came in that afternoon with her boyfriend and sat down to talk with Olivia, a peer advocate. There were so many factors to consider, and Teresa wasn’t sure what to do. She was in her last semester of college and planning to attend medical school after graduation. Having this baby would delay her plans.

Her boyfriend said he was supportive, but the reality was that they hadn’t even been dating for six months. What would happen when things got difficult? Would he really stick around?

Wouldn’t abortion be the quickest, easiest way to undo this situation?

These and many other thoughts flew through Teresa’s mind as she took another pregnancy test during her appointment. The double lines indicating “positive” brought her to tears.

Olivia listened attentively and talked through Teresa’s options with her. She encouraged Teresa to take the time to think about the three options before her—parenting, adoption, or abortion—and talked her through the short- and long-term implications of each one. Olivia also shared the practical ways that the Care Center could help by offering free classes, practical material resources, and mentoring opportunities. An ultrasound was also scheduled for Teresa in order to provide her with more information to help her make her decision.

When Teresa and her boyfriend left that day, Olivia wasn’t sure what to think. She had provided Teresa with her contact information and promised to follow up in a few days, but the reality was there was no way to know for sure if she’d hear from Teresa again. Often one of the hardest parts about meeting with clients is that advocates don’t always get the closure of knowing what the final decision is, even after several follow up calls.

But thankfully, this was not one of those cases! The very next day, Olivia received a text from Teresa: She had made up her mind—she was going to keep her baby.

Teresa wanted to meet with Olivia again to talk about getting involved in the Care Center’s parenting class and also how GPCC could help her prepare for the weeks and months ahead. What an awesome privilege that we were able to be there for Teresa not only in her initial time of crisis, but also to walk with her throughout her entire pregnancy and continue supporting her as she moves forward.

Even in the face of less-than-ideal circumstances, Teresa was empowered to choose life for her child, and to do so without fear. And that is why we do what we do!

That’s also why we walk.

Please consider how your involvement in this year’s Walk for Life could impact young mothers just like Teresa. At GPCC, we believe that the lives of the women we serve and the lives of their unborn children matter; and they motivate us to continue offering the services that we do, absolutely free of charge.

The only way we can continue providing this unconditional support is through the help of community partners just like you.

Find out more about this year’s Walk for Life and how you can get involved by visiting our website at gsocarecenter.org/walk. Together, we can continue building a legacy of life in the city of Greensboro.

*Client’s name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.

 

Deanna Jewell is the Client Services Director at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center and is passionate about caring for women and men in the midst of unplanned pregnancy. When she’s not at work, she’s probably rollerblading or eating Cheez-Its, quite possibly at the same time.

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