When “Alisa” and her boyfriend “Hal” came into Waterleaf for their first appointment, they seemed happy when they found out they were expecting their first baby. Almost immediately, Alisa began to express doubts. Despite having a full-time job with insurance along with family support, she was unsure about whether she should continue the pregnancy while Hal wanted her to have the baby.
During their initial ultrasound, Alisa and Hal watched the ultrasound screen, seemingly captivated by the images. Their baby was moving around a lot and they could identify arms, legs, nose etc. As they left the clinic, they took pictures home with them. As time passed and they had time to discuss their future, the idea of parenting slowly grew on Alisa. At their next Waterleaf visit, Alisa told the patient advocate that they are excited about the prospect of having a baby. “I’m still feeling overwhelmed, but I think that it will all work out.”
They expressed an interest in the parent education courses available via the Aspire Education and Resource center and were pleased that our Resource Specialists can provide linkages to other community resources for them. They are currently researching potential healthcare providers to support them through this pregnancy and beyond.
Keep Waterleaf and their patients, like Alisa and Hal, in your prayers. Your support brings the gift of life.