My name is Brooke, and I have an amazing daughter Lisbeth. She will be a year and a half old soon. She loves watching Elmo, playing with baby dolls, and chasing our very patient cats around the house.
It seems like almost yesterday that I found out I was pregnant. I had always wanted to be a mother but unfortunately I was not in the stage of life where I could easily provide for a child. My husband and I had no health insurance,were living in a very small apartment, and we could barely pay our monthly bills. I was also enrolled at St. Ambrose University, and I was very afraid that I would not be able to finish my classes. I felt unprepared and scared. I had no idea where to start to become the parent I wanted to be.
A coworker told me about Pregnancy Resources. Initially, I was hesitant to go because I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone was very sweet and welcoming on my first visit. The programs the center offered were explained to me and I was given a pocket bible. The staff referred to my pregnancy as a gift and a blessing from God, their excitement made me feel so much better. It affirmed that although this was indeed a stressful situation, it was also part of God’s path for me and life is such a blessing. My schedule became even more hectic after I knew we would be welcoming a child into our home. I picked up a second job to save money. During the day, I worked at a preschool, then attended classes at SAU, and on nights and weekends I worked a retail job. I looked at the pamphlet that was given to me by Pregnancy Resources for classes and was disappointed to see with my schedule I would not be able to attend. When I shared this information, the staff actually offered to work around my schedule and allow me to take the first set of pregnancy classes one on one. During these classes, I always felt like I could talk to the staff about any problems, stresses, or concerns. I had very few other people that I could sit down and talk with-so these classes were such a relief. Not only did the staff listen and pray with me, but I could tell they genuinely cared. When I came to the center, the staff remembered my name, details about what was going on in my life, and seemed excited to see I was back. I attended all the parenting classes and learned a good deal from them. I was able to borrow maternity clothes from the center so I could continue looking professional for work. After my daughter was born, I utilized Bella’s Closet for clothing for her. The volunteers there were incredibly sweet. They helped me pick out outfits for the baby and asked me a ton of questions about her. These services were invaluable to me and were such a big help when I had very little money or resources of my own. My experience at Pregnancy Resources was amazing. Sometimes life is stressful and the world seems like a mean place. It is so refreshing to see God’s love and grace come through in the good work of others. It made me feel so reassured that there were a group of people to listen and support without wanting anything in return.
My life is very different today than it was when I was first pregnant. I graduated from St. Ambrose with my Masters Degree in occupational therapy. I now work in a hospital rehab unit with individuals after they have had an accident or illness. We recently bought our first home, and I cannot express the relief I felt at being able to provide my daughter with her very own bedroom for the first time. I am very thankful for the support I received during my time at Pregnancy Resources and try to show my gratitude by donating clothes or diapers when I can. Everyone involved with these programs should feel pride for all of the good things they have accomplished.
Posted on Tue, November 11, 2014
by qcpregnancypartners admin