Madison's Story

A True Testimonial from a Friend of Hand 'n Hand

I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks. I was scared and thought having a child would ruin my life and my goals. I never wanted to be a mom my whole life. I thought if I had a child, I would not be myself anymore. The father did not seem supportive so I started looking for abortion clinics. I Googled abortion clinics near me and Hand 'n Hand came up. I met with a nurse there and told her my feelings. She did an ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy and showed me the baby. At this point, I still didn't want to have a child or go through labor. So I called an abortion clinic and set a date for an abortion. I paid my money up front. The day I was supposed to go, I couldn't. It felt wrong...so I decided I would have the child and give it up for adoption. I started talking to adoption agencies. I finally told my family I was pregnant.  Lots of my family members said they wanted to adopt this child. I was okay with this...having the child close where I could still see this child grow. But then me and the father realized we didn't want to watch the child grow up without us. So we decided to keep our child. Hand 'n Hand was there for me through it all, helping me decide what was best. When I decided to parent my baby, I started the Caring Hands Program at Hand 'n Hand. They helped me spiritually, mentally and with lots of baby stuff. I went into labor so afraid thinking I wouldn't be able to do it. But I had such a good and easy delivery and then "boom" there she was. My little girl!  I had never felt so much love in my life. I could not stop smiling, crying and holding my baby girl. I'm in love!! I now realize I was meant to have her. She changes my life for the best, but I can still be myself and be a mother. I have never felt so fulfilled. If I wouldn't have found Hand 'n Hand, I would have never met my daughter and she is my everything.

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