I found myself at 19, working a difficult job and just trying to get by when I started to notice some changes in my body. Could I be pregnant? The same month, my boyfriend was let go at his job. I didn’t want to stress him out, so I decided to handle it on my own. I Googled, “Free pregnancy clinic & ultrasounds” and found Claris.
The minute I stepped into Claris Health, I felt a sense of relief. They weren’t like other clinics that make you feel like a number and rush you in and out. Rather, I felt heard and understood as a person.
We started out with a pregnancy test (which came out positive) and after consulting with a client advocate, I opted for an ultrasound to see how far along I was. To my disbelief, I was about 8 weeks pregnant! When the nurse zoomed in—I noticed this pulse, and I asked myself, “Is that what I think it is?” No one had to tell me. I knew. That was a heartbeat of a person. That’s when my life completely changed.
After I left, I decided to tell my family and my boyfriend. At first, my family didn’t want to hear it. They insisted on an abortion. “It’s not a real human yet, it’s not bigger than a grain of rice,” they said. But I kept having flashbacks of that heartbeat. Nobody could convince me that it wasn’t real.
When I told my boyfriend, he was very supportive and I was relieved. He got a job right away and was ready to take responsibility as a father at 22. I started to take parenting classes at Claris to be better prepared. I learned about things like the labor process, nutrition, healthy discipline, and financial planning.
My daughter is two months old now and she's been such a blessing. We wouldn't be where we are today without Claris guiding me all the way. Claris Family, thank you for making this possible for us!