My boyfriend still thought I should have the abortion - we were too young to have a baby, he said. We can't afford to raise a baby, he said. And then there was my Mom - how could I tell her? She wants me to finish college and have a career! I can't disappoint her.
I agreed to think about my choices and come back for an ultrasound. I remember seeing the little peanut on the screen and the nurse showed me the heart beating. I said "I didn't know the heart would be beating yet?" She said yes! The heart starts beating about 21 days after conception. I had no idea! I saw my baby on the screen, yet I still was undecided on what to do. They offered me another ultrasound and I agreed. I came back in two weeks and saw my baby again. It had grown and was now moving around and the heartbeat was getting stronger. This was the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life.
I finally, through the help of the counselors, nurses, mentors and staff as well as my boyfriend and family, decided to carry and parent my baby. I told my Mom and she had known the entire time! She was supportive of my decision.
I started taking the Earn While You Learn classes which helped so much with my questions about pregnancy, giving birth and taking care of this little one. I also got diapers, wipes, clothes, even a new car seat and crib.
I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy a few months ago and the staff even came to visit me in the hospital. I am about to graduate from college and begin my career and life with my little family.
I don't know what I would have done without Coweta Pregnancy Services. I am so grateful for all they did for us.
Kelsee, Travis and baby Logan
*Names have been changed.