All the Difference
Here is a story from Beth R.N., Staff Nurse, about mindful care with state-of-the-art ultrasounds that offer profound impact for moms and dads.
– Trisha W., Executive Director
Gabbie (not client’s real name) sat across from me in the client room. She looked overwhelmed and a little pale from nausea. She started to tell me that she had just recently been evacuated due to a natural disaster. Gabbie had come to the Quad Cities to stay with a relative until it was safe to go back home.
But the reason she was at Pregnancy Resources was due to a different kind of storm. Gabbie had just found out she was pregnant. Her tears flowed and the sadness and disappointment were palpable. Only one person knew of the pregnancy. As she lay on the table, we prayed together, asking God to give His peace in this turbulent moment. Within minutes, everything became real as she stared at the screen to see her baby with a heartbeat.
There was a silent pause and again her tears flowed down her cheeks. The reality of a baby seemed to come over her like a crashing wave. There could be no denying that this was a baby.
We are so thankful for new ultrasound machines that can capture such beautiful images of pregnancy. Thank you for making these moments possible! May this incredible technology allow many women and men to see their babies and choose life in the middle of their storm.
Pictures in their Pocket
Here is a quick story from Carey R.N., Nurse Director about the importance and impact of our new ultrasound machines. I hope you enjoy…
– Trisha W., Executive Director
Ellie and Jack (not the clients’ real names) arrived at the center on a recent cool fall morning. We’ve seen Ellie before and walked alongside her as she made some difficult choices. Ellie has already placed a child in the arms of a forever family through adoption and she has had an abortion. But Ellie wants this pregnancy outcome to be different.
Pregnancy Resources was Ellie’s first stop for early pregnancy care, and she and Jack were excited but nervous. As the nurse on duty, I began the ultrasound scan with one of our new machines. Immediately it became clear that Ellie was more than halfway through her pregnancy, and as I shared this news, I began to silently pray.
Upon seeing their pre-born child there were many smiles. Ellie and Jack were amazed with the clarity of the images on the ultrasound screen. The sound of their littles one’s beating heart brought tears of amazement and joy. When I asked Jack how he was processing, all the new father could say was “wow.”
Mindful medical care can soften hearts, change minds, and save pre-born lives. State-of-the-art imaging allowed this couple to leave with pictures of their little one in their pocket and a growing love for this child in their heart. Thank you for making this life-saving technology available!
Help on the Path to Parenthood
Deliberate – Precise in providing life-affirming early pregnancy medical care and pregnancy/early parenting support.
Stacy (not the client’s real name) walked into the center earlier this week smiling, laughing, and happy to be here, but her story didn’t start that way. Stacy didn’t want to be pregnant. She didn’t want anyone to know she was pregnant. Stacy is the girl who does things with a plan, and pregnancy was not in the plan.
Stacy knew that her parents would have divided opinions about what she should do. Her mom had always been “pro-woman and pro-choice” and when mom heard the news there was pressure to schedule an abortion. But her dad felt differently. He was sure that if Stacy came to Pregnancy Resources, she would get the information she needed to make an informed decision about her pregnancy. Stacy reluctantly agreed and came to meet with a nurse and have an ultrasound. After meeting with the nurse a few times, Stacy made the choice to change her plans and parent her child.
Stacy is now participating in Pregnancy Resources’ pregnancy and early parenting support program. She comes to class weekly to learn about caring for herself during pregnancy and to learn about caring for her little boy once he arrives this winter. She’s making friends with other moms and feeling more prepared every day to take care of her boy when he finally arrives. Both of her parents are now fully supportive of Stacy’s choice to parent her child – and in a few months that precious little one will be welcomed into a family that already loves him dearly.