Lily came to CompassCare a few months ago in the early stages of pregnancy suffering from hyperemesis, a debilitating condition of extreme nausea and vomiting. She felt physically drained – hopeless. On top of this, Lily had just left her abusive boyfriend and was worried this pregnancy would prevent her from moving on with her life. “I just want to put this behind me and feel better.”
Lily’s nurse at CompassCare provided some anti-nausea medication, which afforded some immediate relief. Then her nurse performed an ultrasound exam. When Lily saw her 8-week-old baby on the screen and heard his heartbeat, she was visibly moved. She eagerly accepted resources for women fleeing abusive relationships and expressed excitement about connecting with a MotherCare mentor. Her nurse shared the gospel with Lily, inviting her into a relationship with Jesus Christ and she surrendered her life to Him.
Lily agreed to a follow-up appointment and a PrayerNet was sent out on her behalf.
Over the next several weeks, Lily vacillated between an abortion or continuing her pregnancy. All the while, her MotherCare mentor remained faithfully engaged, talking with and helping Lily in practical ways, including bringing her to her follow-up appointment at CompassCare.
But being hospitalized for dehydration proved too much for her so she scheduled an abortion. Another PrayerNet went out, asking prayer warriors to intercede for the lives of this mother and child hanging in the balance. Nearly a month went by with no word from Lily. Then she returned still pregnant with her MotherCare mentor accompanying her. Her nurse performed another ultrasound with Lily, expressing amazement at the image of her developing baby on the screen.
Still, she conveyed doubts about continuing, telling her nurse she wants to sever all ties with the father of the baby. So again, God’s people prayed.
And God answered your prayers! Lily has since resolved to continue her pregnancy. She has grown a deeper relationship with her MotherCare mentor sustaining her confidence about keeping this child.
Disclaimer: Names and details have been changed to protect patient confidentiality.
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