Megan is willingly giving us permission to share her story so that others can realize there is hope in the midst of a difficult situation. All client experiences with Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers are kept with the highest confidence. The stories that are shared come from the real-life experiences that our clients, staff and volunteers had during their unplanned pregnancy.
Her name has been changed but her story is true.
My name is Megan.
This is my story of finding help & hope.
Pregnant at 19 – Needing Someplace to Turn
Being nineteen, I thought “it wouldn’t happen to me.” Well it did. I got pregnant and became a single mother as soon as we found out. Living in my mom’s basement, I had no idea what direction to go or what the next step was. During the first couple weeks of my pregnancy, I was trying to find some sort of support group, or guidance counselor. That’s when I came across Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers. I decided to give them a call, and set up an appointment.
Someone to Help & Support
My entire pregnancy, I met with my client advocate and by the end of my pregnancy, I felt more confident in my ability to parent. My client advocate was there to discuss and support all concerns I had whether they were about being a single mother or first-time parenting anxiety. She also gave me resources about how to take care of my baby, things to buy, and being healthy during my pregnancy. After having much success with the Journeys Program, I decided to do the Bridges Parenting Support group. The Bridges program has been a huge help with all the information, food, and special gifts they have provided me. Each one of the volunteers cares and is so passionate about the ideology behind Advice & Aid. I look forward to going every week and learning about different topics such as my daughter’s development, how to coupon, or meal nights!
With the support of Advice & Aid, I am now on track to get a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and am so thankful that they have empowered me to become the responsible person and parent that I am today.
Being a parent is challenging,
and being a single mother can be even more challenging.
You will have breaking points.
But if you reach out to all the resources available to you,
you can find the help and hope you need.
If you are going through a similar experience to Megan, you might have seen yourself a bit in her story. Megan found a place to belong. A place that offered her real help, options, answers and support – she simply had to show up. And that help lasted for as long as she needed it to, not just for the immediate crisis.
Here, she found the things she needed most.
Take your first step today towards taking back control of your situation. Make an appointment with us. No pressure, no agenda – simply information, an understanding friend, help (both emotional and physical) and hope!