In early 2015, newlyweds Elisabeth and Brian had started new jobs and were living with her mother to save money.
But three months later, her mother passed away after a long battle with cancer. Life as they knew it changed for the young couple, who had only been married for three years.
They had to quickly evacuate the mother’s subsidized home, wrangle up money for funeral costs, and find somewhere to live – all with little time to grieve. “It was truly a time of chaos,” Elisabeth remembers. “We didn’t know how we were going to survive.”
With the help of friends, Elisabeth and Brian raised enough money to cover funeral costs and found a home near their jobs. While Elisabeth was still grieving the loss of her mother, joy came when she found out she was expecting.
The excitement of being a new mom also brought along uncertainty. “I didn’t have a woman in my life that could show me the ropes and teach me how to be a mom.”
At five months pregnant, Elisabeth discovered Community of Hope’s Family Health and Birth Center. The moment she walked in, she knew she found the support system she wanted. “The warmth in the welcome was just what I needed.”
Our staff made sure Elisabeth had all the resources needed for a healthy pregnancy. We connected her to our various prenatal care services, including our CenteringPregnancy® group with other soon-to-be moms, where open discussion about breastfeeding and birthing is encouraged. Our midwives helped her understand her changing body and were a valuable resource for all of her questions.
“I was like a fish out of water,” Elisabeth said. “But I learned what to expect as a mom because of Community of Hope. They helped me make important decisions for myself and my baby.”
On December 25, Elisabeth went into labor with Brian and Ebony Roebuck, our Director of Midwifery, by her side. Ebony showed Elisabeth different ways to manage the pain and navigate the best birthing position for her.
Nineteen hours later, Elisabeth and Brian welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Bryanna, to the world.
“I felt hopeless, but Community of Hope gave me the confidence to push through,” Elisabeth said. “I’m enjoying every moment as a mom.”