In the middle of the global pandemic, Brenda found out she was pregnant and didn’t think she was in a position to have another baby – but found a ministry that lovingly offered help and encouragement. “I already had a daughter and felt I was not in a position to have another baby,” she said. “I was upset.” Unmarried and unsure of her options, she turned to the CPC in the summer of 2020. In January of 2021, Jaxon was born three weeks early at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. For Brenda, her son has brought joy into their life.
“He has been doing good,” Jackson said. “He smiles a lot and is just my everything right now.”
Our medical services include a variety of checkups, but the signature service is a free ultrasound showing women the life growing in their bellies. In Brenda’s case, it made a significant difference. “That is the biggest thing for me,” Brenda said. “I had taken an at-home test but the sonogram put it to rest the first time I saw that heartbeat on the monitor.”
In addition to our medical offerings, we offer other services that include counseling for the mothers and connecting them to support groups. “When I went into the center the first thing they told me was that my feelings were valid, I was right to be scared but everything would be OK,” Brenda said.
She said that her 6-year-old daughter, Alivia, has gotten involved as well. “She loves to hold him,” Brenda said. “She wants to help out however she can and she is currently learning how to change his diaper.”
Of all the services we offer our clients, Brenda said the most enduring resource has been the support group she built up along the way specifically through Embrace Grace. Embrace Grace is a weekly Bible study that ministers to women while they are pregnant. It is roughly a 12-week class with a baby shower at the end where they receive gifts such as diapers and strollers for their soon-to-be newborn. Brenda would drive to Pearl every week to meet with her group. Brenda still keeps in touch with some of the ladies in her group who have formed a weekly prayer group.
“God is still here and he loves me and my kids, and he will bless you even when a situation seems so terrible,” Brenda said. Brenda remains unmarried, though she said the father remains in her son’s life.