Support: Alanna Was Pregnant and Alone – But Chose Life

For You From The Word

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
(Ecclesiastes 4:10)

For You To Think About

woman on porch with phoneAlanna’s doctor studied the lab report and frowned. “I’m ordering more tests,” he said. “I want you to stay off your feet and get extra rest.”

Alanna fought down a surge of panic.  How would she manage? Her parents had kicked her out of the house. Her boyfriend wanted her to get an abortion. Her friends dropped out of her life when they found out she was pregnant. What would happen to her and the baby?

A recent ParentTime poll reported that 55% pregnant women get emotional support from their partners and 28% from their family members during pregnancy.  But what about women like Alanna, who have little or no support during the physical ups and downs of those nine months?

Pregnancy is hard on both body and soul. A woman who faces an unplanned pregnancy deals with not only the monumental decision of what’s best for her and her baby but also the pregnancy itself. That includes issues like weight gain, cravings, and moods, not to mention blood pressure, tests, and complications. Often, these women must face pregnancy alone. But they don’t have to.

Fortunately Alanna sought help and was matched with a Birthmothers Friend. For Alanna, that meant having someone take her to appointments, help her with housework, and help her get extra rest … and it meant she did not have to go through nine months all alone.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Provide empathetic Friends for women who face an unplanned pregnancy. Help them get support they need during the ups and downs of those nine months.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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