Rita’s Story

In 2021, I was with a guy who was emotionally abusive. I was drained from the constant arguing and the anxiety and stress of this unhealthy relationship. I also found myself in some legal problems and spent 10 days in jail. While I was serving my time, I found out I was pregnant. I was shocked because I didn’t think I could get pregnant. The news of this precious new life growing inside me was the wake-up call I needed. I knew I had to make some drastic changes in my life. I left my toxic boyfriend.
With no medical insurance and no real support system, I was depressed. But I managed to find Pregnancy Center Plus online.

Once I met the caring folks at the Center, my life began to take a new direction. First, they did an ultrasound, and I got to see my baby moving on the screen. I knew then that he would give my life a new purpose.

Next, PCPlus arranged for me to have my first prenatal appointment with TriHealth via telehealth at the Center. The TriHealth midwives took all the hassle out of finding a doctor! They connected me with other resources that I badly needed. Throughout my pregnancy, PCPlus was there for me at every turn. I loved their maternity clothing room, where I got to pick out cute clothes to fit my growing shape. I enrolled in their Kickstart program, and after completing the program, I received a new car seat.

In the meantime, a wonderful man whom I had known in middle school came back into my life! Richard was my “calm in the storm.” He began attending my doctor’s appointments with me and helped me to stay focused.

Together, we took parenting classes at PCPlus. Coming to all the classes was a big commitment, but we were happy to increase our parenting skills. There, we met other first-time parents. We received a gift certificate for a new crib and mattress when we graduated. I now had hope that I could be a good mother.

On 10/10/22 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who we named Rylan. Today, we have a peaceful, happy home. Richard and I are engaged to be married. I truly love him for the man he is and the father he is to my child. I am proud to have a job and have been promoted to assistant manager.

We continue to check in at the Center to let them know how we’re doing and for supplies we need for Rylan. They were so excited to meet little Rylan for the first time! I don’t know how I would have gotten to this positive place in my life without them. I am super grateful!