Worried. Anxious. Undecided . All these words described LaTisha as she “googled” to find a place where she could talk to someone about her unplanned pregnancy. She had miscarried the year before and felt there was no way she could go through that emotional turmoil again. Even though she and Chris had been in a committed relationship for over 6 years, LaTisha wasn’t comfortable with the possibility of another pregnancy. Through social media she found the Uptown Women’s Center and called for an appointment.
Chris was worried about this possible pregnancy, too. He was concerned for LaTisha and her anxiousness and wondered what they should do if they found she was pregnant again. So he was pleasantly surprised when they walked through the door of the Uptown Women’s Center and found such a warm environment and kind staff who was as concerned about the pregnancy as they were.
LaTisha soon was relaxed as she was introduced to the many services available to her. “They were all so helpful! They make you feel really comfortable and told me I could call anytime with questions.” She was given all the information she wanted regarding prenatal development, healthy pregnancy and a sonogram that confirmed she had a viable pregnancy with a baby whose heart was beating just as it should. And, although they were not first time parents, Chris and LaTisha learned about the educational prenatal and parenting classes that they could participate in at our Downtown location.
What intrigued both Chris and LaTisha were the classes offered for fathers-to-be. LaTisha secretly hoped that Chris would pick up some tips so he would be more involved, while Chris hoped if they both attended classes that LaTisha would be less anxious about the pregnancy. God must have surely been smiling as He heard the desires of each of their hearts — for each other!
“I really enjoyed the classes. I really went because I wanted my husband to go, but I learned a lot!” In fact, LaTisha shared just one month after their son was born, “The information about post-partum was really helpful. I’m applying what I learned right now.”
Having been raised without a father in his life, Chris recognized he might have a few things to learn and was glad to find the men’s class was a good place for open discussion about “guy stuff” that helped him feel more confident not only about parenting a newborn, but also in having a respectful, healthy relationship with LaTisha. “They put me on point,” explained Chris. “They helped me see what’s important in taking care of my family.”
As the weeks of classes progressed Chris had one special night when he made a big decision. “I felt like it was right thing to trust Jesus with my life and my family.” And, what’s the result a few months down the road? Chris shared, “I don’t worry about the petty stuff anymore. I’m concentrating on taking care of business, taking care of my family. We’ve learned how to support each other.”
And, LaTisha is very happy in the way their relationship has improved with each other and as parents. “Chris is so helpful now because he’s confident about taking care of an infant. Our relationship has improved because he learned how to communicate with me and support me.”
On October 6, 2017 Chris and LaTisha gladly welcomed 8 pound 10 ounce Vavion Demetric into their family. What a joy it has been for the staff at Involved for Life to invest eight months in helping Chris and LaTisha to move from being fearful to feeling fantastic as parents of their new son!
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