Ashley's Story

"When I found out I was expecting; the father and I had just separated, and I was in a pretty bad place emotionally. I actually made an appointment to terminate my pregnancy, but once I arrived at the clinic I could not go through with it. It was hard realizing that I was about to be a single parent and that my life was about to change completely.

Two months into my pregnancy I found out about Life Choices (through trusty Google), and made an appointment for confirmation. When I first saw my little peanut on the screen was a moment that literally took my breath away. I was more than excited to begin this new chapter in my life.  The individuals were so caring and genuine, and I agreed to come back for the BRIDGES and Empowerment meetings. That is when I met Ms. Shamiah. She was such a positive person. She instantly made me feel at home at Life Choices. She helped me get into the spiritual aspect of my life; when I needed it the most. All of the presenters and presentations at Empowerment meetings were helpful, but I distinctly remember a birthing presentation by a nurse from Baptist Memorial Hospital and the verse she tied into her speech…

For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace
— Proverbs 3:14-17

Being a mother has been a huge joy. I believe I am one of the few who actually enjoyed the late night/early morning feedings and changes. Having a little one with a beautiful smile and contagious laugh is the best feeling ever. Nothing is greater than experiencing motherhood. Life after baby has been different of course, but I am still attending school and working full-time. My family and support team helps me tremendously with Ashton. I truly appreciate the staff at Life Choices, because they helped me at a time when I made my biggest life choice.