Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reactions to Unplanned Pregnancy

At first, Stephanie's dad was disgusted and angry at her unplanned pregnancy and her brother's “holier-than-thou” response made her feel like a tramp. Stephanie prayed that God would help her mend those relationships, which were very important to her.

Brent, the baby's father, didn’t believe the news until Stephanie gave him the number at the clinic, saying he could call Monday and talk to the doctor himself. Then he seemed so rattled that he didn’t know what to say. Stephanie encouraged him to talk to his parents and call her in a few days.

For the last several minutes before falling asleep, Stephanie placed her hands on her tummy. She imagined what her baby looked like now and what it would look like at birth. Was it a boy or a girl? Would it look more like her or like Brent? Would this baby have a better opportunity for a happy, fulfilling life in the home of adoptive parents, or should she take responsibility for it no matter what the cost to her? Question after question came to her, but there were no answers.

Stephanie’s last thought of the day was a peaceful one. She was not alone in her difficult and painful circumstances. Thanks to her youth leader, Jenny, her best friend, Kate, and an understanding mother, she knew she was on the right track.

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