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My life changed drastically three Octobers ago when I stared at two blue lines on a pregnancy test. Thinking it was just a false positive, I took one more. Then three more after that. All faint positive results. I had just finished graduate school, accepted my first job as a speech-language pathologist, moved into my own apartment, and I had finally found a guy that seemed to like me back. Heath and I had a rocky relationship and I wasn’t sure how he would react to the news of becoming a father. At that moment, my life felt as if it were crashing down, even though I had accomplished so much in recent months.
I knew I needed to seek help. Not only for prenatal care, but also for myself emotionally. I scheduled an appointment with Liberty Women’s Clinic. To be quite honest, I thought about cancelling multiple times. I had broken the news to my parents and with the support of my mother, I decided to take a leap of faith and go. I was terrified of being judged, ridiculed, and rejected. However, attending the appointment was one of the best decisions I made during my journey through an unplanned pregnancy.
My nurse’s name was Missy, a woman I will never forget. She treated me with kindness, respect, and grace. She confirmed my pregnancy and provided me with more counseling, information, and knowledge than I ever could have expected. She gave me hope.
Despite the problems Heath and I had faced previously, the news of becoming a dad was surprisingly positive in his eyes. We returned to the clinic a few weeks after my initial appointment to see if the pregnancy was progressing. I vividly recall seeing my baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I could never put into words the flood of emotions I felt in that moment. It was amazing to see that little flutter up on the screen, but it was also surreal knowing I was going to become a mother. Missy recommended pursuing prenatal care, as our baby appeared strong and healthy. I will never forget her compassion, generosity and willingness to listen.
Eight months later we welcomed our son, Ryder, into our world. Motherhood is the hardest job I have ever had, but it is also the most rewarding. The happiness my son brings to me cannot compare to anything I have ever experienced. Every time Ryder smiles, giggles, or says “I love you”, my heart is overfilled with joy. He is my favorite person in the whole entire world, and most days I feel like I don’t deserve him. I can’t imagine life without my little boy and I wouldn’t trade my journey for the world. I’m so thankful for the individuals at Liberty Women’s Clinic. They turned a time of defeat and despair into perseverance and hope.
by Amory Miller, former LWC clientContact Us
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