Birthright saved my life: Rachel’s Story

That first day I walked into Birthright, I was afraid, ashamed, and alone.

I didn’t know who or where to turn. How would I take care of another baby when I already had a 5yr old, 4yr old, and 2yr old twins? I just kept thinking, “this is impossible.” Abortion was a thought in my mind, but I knew my mom had had an abortion before she gave birth to me, so what would have happened if she decided to not keep me? Did I want that for my unborn child?

As I sat in that Birthright office across from my counselor, I instantly felt safe. I felt safe enough to be vulnerable and let all my emotions, feelings, doubts, and worries spill out. In return, I received nothing but non-stop support and encouragement from Birthright. I was given resources to help with living expenses and also given help with baby items that were needed.

I was constantly reminded of how strong of a woman and mother I was. How, whatever decision I made about my pregnancy, that Birthright would be there to support me. And I must say that that is exactly what they did! They were there for me through not one but two pregnancies that I decided to go through with. I will forever be grateful for all the help and guidance I received from Birthright.

Here is why I say that Birthright saved my life. In 2020, I went through one of the hardest times of my life. I lost my mother, grandmother, fiancee, and one of my child’s fathers, all within a 3-month span. I felt so lost and in so much pain that I no longer wanted to be present on this earth without them. I thought about turning to drugs or even alcohol to suppress the pain.

One day I realized that I have 6 little ones that depend on me and need me here at my best. So I decided to keep living for my children. The children that I almost gave up on before that day I walked into that Birthright office. The children I had doubts about keeping but was reminded that I am strong enough and that I can make it with Birthright’s support and resources.

I sincerely thank Birthright from the bottom of my heart for their support and for being there when I had nowhere else to turn. I thank you for giving me a second chance at life!

Birthright saved out lives!


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