Susan and Jeremy’s Story
Susan looked at the positive pregnancy test in complete shock.
She and the father of the baby, Jeremy, had only been dating for a few months. Their living arrangements were complicated. They were in a tough financial situation. And they had no idea how they were going to take care of a baby.
Susan and Jeremy recalled the day they found out.
“I was pretty overwhelmed and scared and full of fear about making a choice that I could live with for the rest of my life,” Susan said.
“I remember just a lot of fear…the fear of not being able to provide for this child,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy had some income at the time, but he also knew it wasn’t nearly enough to support a family, much less buy a house and build a stable life.
They felt they had no other choice but to look for an abortion.
During his research, Jeremy was looking for a clinic that wouldn’t shame them but would instead provide real help and resources for their situation. One of the first places he found was a life-affirming Health Care Center owned and operated by Human Coalition. Immediately, he was impressed with the online ratings and comments.
The couple decided to schedule an appointment in the hopes of getting an abortion.
The Appointment That Changed Their Lives
“We were here to get an abortion,” Jeremy said, as he describes their first visit to the Health Care Center.
But right from the beginning, the Health Care Center staff told Susan and Jeremy that they did not provide abortions. However, they offered them a free ultrasound so they could meet their baby for the first time. Feeling comfortable in the Health Care Center and with the staff, Susan and Jeremy agreed to the ultrasound.
For Jeremy, everything began to change when he heard their baby’s heartbeat.
“That did something to my heart,” he said.
After the ultrasound, both Susan and Jeremy spent time with the staff discussing their options and learning about the support they would have from the team at the Health Care Center. The staff talked to them about how they could assist with additional government benefits to empower them with the resources they needed to choose life.
Over the course of the conversation as they learned how their needs could be met, the situation became less overwhelming to both Susan and Jeremy. It gave them the time to slow down and really consider what they wanted. It gave them the space to process their feelings and discover the true desire of their hearts.
That desire was to choose life for their baby.
“It’s a miracle of God.”
While Susan and Jeremy had a strong support system from their family and friends, the team at the Health Care Center was still committed to helping the couple.
“The people here [at the Health Care Center] have been involved [in] every single part of our journey… I had no idea that it was going to be like that,” Susan said.
The Health Care Center staff went to work providing for their physical, emotional, and tangible needs – even while working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, through a church partnership, the staff was able to throw Susan and Jeremy a baby shower and deliver the gifts directly to their door!
Soon after, Susan gave birth to their beautiful baby girl, Hali.
Even after the birth of Hali, the Health Care Center staff continued walking with the family. They sent formula, diapers, wipes, and any other supplies they needed.
“From the very first time I ever met them, all the way to even today, they’ve been so supportive, helpful, and giving,” Susan said.
Today, Susan and Jeremy are engaged and enjoying life with Hali. Jeremy is back in school studying to become a social worker, excited to serve people who are struggling with PTSD and substance abuse.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this was God’s plan,” Jeremy said. “It’s a miracle of God.”
Your Support Changes Families
Because of your support, couples like Susan and Jeremy receive the hope and help they need to choose life. Your dedication, prayers, and giving changed the trajectory of their lives. It rescued them from making an irreversible decision. And it meant life for their child, Hali.
Thank you for your partnership and commitment to serving families like Susan, Jeremy, and Hali.