Kayla* stared in disbelief at the little pink lines on the home pregnancy test. Positive, just like the other 4. She couldn’t wrap her mind around being pregnant. She was only nineteen. She had plans to go to college, get straight A’s, and apply to medical school. How did a baby fit into that plan? There could be a chance that the tests were wrong, couldn’t there? She had to know for sure.
Kayla walked through the doors of WISH Medical full of trepidation. The receptionist smiled, and the welcoming atmosphere helped her to relax a bit. She met with a friendly patient advocate who asked her a full range of questions. Kayla’s fears and hesitations tumbled out of her, while tears ran silently down her cheeks. She expressed pressure from her aunt, the father of her baby, and other friends to have an abortion and just move on with her life. She felt like that was her only choice. She hadn’t even thought about any other way to handle this. The advocate calmly walked her through all of her possible options, allowing her to pause and work through the pros and cons of each.
Kayla’s advocate also offered her the opportunity to talk with two young single mothers, both in college. These young moms shared with Kayla the joys and challenges of single parenthood and finishing school. They told her about about scholarships, grants, and programs that universities have to help pregnant or single moms continue their education. Kayla began to feel the weight lift ever so slightly as she started to realize that maybe, just maybe, she could do this.
The lab quality pregnancy test was positive. While Kayla knew an ultrasound was the next best step, she was hesitant. She knew that seeing the baby and the heartbeat made this pregnancy undeniably real. She steeled herself and scheduled the ultrasound for the following Wednesday. The next week was full of crucial moments for Kayla and her baby. Her aunt had a change of heart and decided to help Kayla and support her raising her child. One of her friends offered Kayla the extra room in her rental at a very affordable price. She decided to go ahead and start school next month and wait to decide if she would continue until after her baby was born. In the meantime, she researched anything she could find about financial assistance for college.
Kayla returned to WISH Medical for her ultrasound, and with a huge smile she said, “I’ve decided to keep my baby!” She was so excited to be a mother that she had already bought a soft, plush blanket and a baby book to write to her child in. As the nurse began the ultrasound, Kayla was anxiously hoping to see a healthy pregnancy on the monitor. She had only found out she was pregnant a week ago, and the chances of seeing a heartbeat or even a clear picture were slim. Against the odds, she was able to see both! She lit up when she saw the tiny heartbeat fluttering, and couldn’t keep the smile from her face. She received some pictures of her baby and an invitation to return for another free ultrasound in her second trimester to see him or her again.
Kayla signed up for the Life Coaching Program and began working toward specific goals with her coach. She also participated in parenting classes and used the resource room as she moved forward in this special chapter of her life. Eight months after she had stared at those little pink lines in her bathroom, Hunter James made his entrance into the world and into her heart. She had thought it could never happen to her…but now she can’t imagine life any other way.