Pictures in their Pocket

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. As I shared this news, I began to pray silently.

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 little 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!

Carey Eberhart, R.N., Nurse Director

Mindful CARE

“It wasn’t easy and very painful. The baby had ten fingers and ten toes.” Melissa (not the client’s real name) sat and cried in the client room for 2 hours, sharing her recent abortion story with her Client Advocate. Melissa had an at-home abortion in her bathroom, and the recent aftermath created deep shock waves in her life. The baby’s father, who had thought, “I’ll support you in whatever you decide,” didn’t know how to handle his grief and began drinking heavier and lashing out. Their abortion decision had stretched their relationship to its breaking point. Grief flooded Melissa’s life, and she was emotionally exhausted.

It had been nearly two months since the at-home abortion, yet Melissa wasn’t feeling quite “right.” She took another home pregnancy test, and to her dismay and disbelief, it was positive. It was this positive test that brought Melissa to Pregnancy Resources. Just hours after her frantic call, she was able to receive compassionate truth with gentle leading.

In Melissa’s moment of vulnerability, YOU cared for her.

While you weren’t in the room, you were able to meet her needs.

While you didn’t see Melissa’s face, you helped her lean toward healing and wholeness. Your mindful financial support and prayers helped provide for her unique needs on the very day she walked through the doors of Pregnancy Resources.

You said yes by embracing her need to be listened to, offering her a place of comfort, and embracing her when she was vulnerable. You offered help to heal some of the hurt she had experienced.

Tomorrow there will be many more “Melissa’s” in crisis and in need of Mindful CARE. Your ongoing financial support keeps the door to hope and healing open. You are making sure CARE is ready and available when it’s needed most. Thank you!

All the Difference

Gabbie (not the 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.

Beth Bill, R.N., Staff Nurse

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