When I first found out I was pregnant I was a junior in college at Vanderbilt. I learned I was pregnant at Student Health because I just thought I was sick- not pregnant. The nurse was exceptionally kind to me, and I think she was surprised that I wanted to carry and keep the baby. I went straight from Student Health to the bookstore to buy What to Expect when You’re Expecting! I knew I needed to learn all I could.
I really benefitted (and my daughter did as well) from friends and family who loved us well. A support system is huge- even just people to listen- and I’m grateful for that. I believe Ella’s House will be part of that support system for so many women, hopefully! Another great resource in town is Young Lives, and I’m so grateful for these organizations that have popped up since I went through my unplanned pregnancy.
Looking back on that day eighteen years ago is a strange thing because my daughter is about to graduate from high school! The world is at her fingertips and she has so much possibility and potential ahead. My best advice for women facing unplanned pregnancies would be to identify support- emotional, physical, mental- and focus on what you can do to stabilize your situation for your child.
— Mary Cady