Patient Stories

Angie

Recently, Angie, a young woman in her mid 20’s, called our clinic to schedule an urgent appointment. She requested a pregnancy confirmation and stated, "there is something moving in my stomach" and “I feel about 2 months pregnant". Angie did not believe she could get pregnant as she had always had infrequent cycles.

 

Her home pregnancy test was positive and her plan was to have an abortion. Angie had just started attending college and did not want to care for a baby at this time. She had also just ended her relationship with her boyfriend and he, too, preferred her to get an abortion. At the time, she had not yet informed her parents and was fearful that they would respond in anger to her pregnancy. During her appointment, Angie was led to the ultrasound room by our ultrasound technician. She was agreeable to viewing the ultrasound images. To her surprise, it showed she was already 25 weeks pregnant! The image of a baby was clearly outlined on the screen.

 

After seeing her well-formed baby on the screen, she made a decision in that moment to carry her pregnancy to term and chose adoption for her baby. Though difficult, she felt it would be the right thing to do. She had already experienced a surgical abortion in her teens and did not want to go through the traumatic experience again. She accepted information on adoption and was given a folder on prenatal education. Angie left the clinic shortly after the ultrasound stating she was feeling anxious and "needed fresh air as soon as possible". 

 

A follow up phone call was made two weeks later. Angie reported to our nurse practitioner that she had decided to keep her baby instead of going through the adoption process. The overwhelming support of her parents and family led her to this decision. Angie eagerly shared that she was accompanied by her mother to her first prenatal appointment. Our nurse practitioner could hear the excitement in her voice as she thanked Obria for helping to make this decision easier.


 

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Paris

In the beginning of this year, a young woman named Paris walked through our doors wanting to terminate. As she sat and talked with the nurse, she began crying and shared how overwhelmed she was. She was battling some serious health issues and believed it would make it difficult to continue her pregnancy. She said, “As much as I want to continue this pregnancy, I don’t think I can.”

 

In fear of getting attached, Paris declined to look at the ultrasound screen. The nurse shared that she was 14 weeks along, which was much farther along than Paris had originally thought and made her second guess who the father might be. After the ultrasound, she was thankful for our services and told us she felt more at peace after receiving a few resources to help her situation.

Paris still left undecided and was wrestling with many decisions when she left the clinic.

 

However... just recently, in walks Paris to share with our nursing staff that she had decided to keep her baby and that she was having a little girl! She was so thrilled and was so thankful to the nurses that met with her months ago during her first appointment.

In just 3 months, Paris will be holding her little girl in her arms, because of YOU! Stories like this are not possible if our doors are not open. We remain open and able to serve because of generous donations from supporters like yourselves. So, on behalf of Obria LA, thank you for supporting us every step of the way and making stories such as this possible. Your support isn’t just changing the life of the patient but also the life of the generation to come!


 

Anna

As Anna took a seat in our intake room, she shared with our nurse that she felt completely alone and was very scared. She had just graduated college and was struggling to pay her monthly student loans. Our nurse confirmed her pregnancy and talked to her about her options. Initially very nervous and overwhelmed, as the appointment progressed Anna opened up that she had only dated the father of the baby for 3 months and then ended the relationship because he was abusive. She stressed how she was doing this all on her own once again. You could see the fear in her face as she shared that having an abortion seemed to be the only possible option. Struggling to pay bills and without support from the baby’s father, she wondered how raising a child would be possible on her own.

 

Anna looked intently at the abortion information brochure and started to cry. Giving her a moment, our nurse let her know it was okay to cry and let her feel/ talk through her emotions. They moved along to the ultrasound room where she saw the heartbeat of her 10-week-old baby for the first time. Instantly, Anna knew that this baby was created for a reason. In that moment, she already felt so much love for her child and wanted nothing more than to be a mother to him/her.

 

Anna was blessed with some baby items to take home, along with resources to help get her on her feet and feel supported. She was overjoyed!

 

Anna came to see us feeling nervous and alone but, because of your kindness, that void was filled. Your support makes all this possible. Thank you for your generosity!


 

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Amanda

Amanda was 18 years old and came to Obria LA to confirm her pregnancy and discuss her options. She was very emotional, overwhelmed, and hurting. She told her mom and sister about the pregnancy and, although they were supportive, she was feeling very scared and alone.

Her boyfriend was not very supportive of the pregnancy and was leaning towards termination. Through tears she said to the nurse practitioner, "I know I am young and my boyfriend wants me to have an abortion but I can't imagine going through with it." Our nurse practitioner listened and prayed over her. 

By the end of the appointment, Amanda felt more at peace but was nervous to share her change of heart with her boyfriend in fear that he would not be supportive and leave her... 

She returned for an ultrasound follow up. After the ultrasound and having a heart to heart with her boyfriend, she was certain she would keep the baby and planned to carry and parent. She saw the heartbeat and the baby moving during the ultrasound. Those tears of fear were now tears of joy and she couldn't wait to show her boyfriend. He was with her at the appointment and was invited to see the ultrasound. He too was now excited and supportive. They received baby blankets and gifts and expressed their gratitude for Obria LA and those who support to make this all possible. 


 

Kate

After two prior abortions and two children, Kate found herself pregnant again. She had hope that 2021 would be a better year for her and her two boys after being affected financially by the pandemic. Feeling defeated, Kate made her appointment at our clinic to confirm her pregnancy and hear her options.

She felt alone with the likely possibility of having to support another child on her own. Our nurse listened to Kate’s concerns. The option of adoption was discussed and an informational booklet about abortion was also reviewed with her to assist her in making an informed decision. She shared she had been reading her Bible, praying and journaling her fears and emotional struggles since learning she was pregnant. Kate was visibly anxious and had an elevated heart rate. When offered, she eagerly accepted prayer. We asked God to allow His presence to be felt by her, to give her wisdom, peace, strength and courage to face her situation. She wiped her tears after the prayer and expressed feeling a sense of peace and comfort from God.

Kate was attentive to the ultrasound screen and accepted a picture of her baby. It was in that moment she had decided that she would not be able to go through with an abortion. She was grateful for our services and expressed feeling joyful in her decision to keep her baby. A referral to the clinic's post abortion program was offered to her after she shared that her past two abortions left her with unresolved feelings. She left the clinic with a change of heart, ministered to by the Holy Spirit. All possible with your support!

Without you, other women like Kate might choose to abort their unborn children. Under the new administration we will see our Title V and Title X grant funds ($186K) go away. So, your support is needed more now than ever. Please prayerfully partner to help save a life.


 

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Rae

 

Rae was 17 years old, still in high school, and frantic. When the home pregnancy test came out positive she called her boyfriend crying. But he didn’t give much support. He was scared, but he tried not to show it. He needed time to think. So he told her that they would talk later. Needless to say, she could not sleep that night as waves of panic washed over her. Alone and terrified, she tried to sleep but it was pointless. Finally, she just got up and searched the internet. “There is no way I can have a baby right now she thought.” She searched for abortion clinics in the area and had a list made up by morning. She decided to call each one and go to the earliest appointment she could get.  She made an appointment for the next day at the local abortion clinic.

Rae was still concerned about the support she would receive from her boyfriend so she asked him to meet up and talk. Over lunch, he told her that he thought it was best to get an abortion. Being 17 himself, he didn’t feel ready to have a kid. Rae could tell that he was scared. She felt alone and didn’t think that she would ever get an abortion. At the abortion clinic, Rae was having second thoughts. The clinician told her that the baby was just a mass of cells and that she could take the abortion pill without having an ultrasound. But Rae thought to herself, “How do you know it’s a mass of cells if you can’t see it?” She left without making a decision, but she made another appointment. She decided to get another opinion and that’s when she stumbled upon Obria Medical Clinics in Whittier.  

When Rae came to see us, she tried to act normal but she said it hit her like a ton of bricks. She couldn’t help but cry. When she was offered an ultrasound, she thought, “Great! I could see for myself if there was just a mass of cells or a baby.” During the ultrasound, Rae saw that the baby was small but it had a heart beat! She knew it was a baby and not just a mass of cells. Staring at the little heart beating on the ultrasound screen, Rae said, “That’s my baby!” The due date turned out to be her boyfriend’s birthday. Before leaving, Rae made an appointment to return so her boyfriend could come and see their baby too. She was confident that after he saw their baby on the ultrasound, he would be all in!

Greta

 

Greta called us from the side of the road, halfway between her house and an abortion clinic. She was in her late 20’s and had just relocated from Asia to LA county with her husband during the Pandemic so they had very little social support. Greta was pregnant and feeling isolated with the "stay at home" mandate. When she took that at home test, her fears instantly flooded her mind. She was overwhelmed and was considering an abortion.

When she came to see us, Greta told our nurse that she planned to terminate because of Covid-19. As the conversation continued, Greta said that she was actually thinking about keeping the baby; it was really her husband who wanted her to have an abortion. Her husband was very nervous about the effects of Covid-19 on her and their baby. Our nurse was able to talk with Greta and provided her with information from the CDC for keeping a healthy pregnancy during Covid-19, and how to limit any health risks.

 

During their discussion, Greta mentioned that she and her husband had started reading the bible and tuning into virtual worship services. In her homeland, religion had been discouraged. She knew in the pre-communism days, people would make sacrifices to the river god or various gods. This familiarity with presenting a sacrifice to a god was a bridge for our nurse to share about Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice... for her. They talked about forgiveness, His amazing love and even the bible as a way through the ages for people to know Him, to be forgiven and have a relationship with our living God. She had many questions about Jesus and Christianity. Our nurse had the amazing privilege of praying with her as she gave her life to Christ. 

 

Greta left our clinic that day with a new mindset and confidence in her decision to keep her baby. She was given ultrasound pictures of her active baby and was referred to a clinic nearby for prenatal care. Due to our new safety measures put in place, her husband waited patiently in the car during her appointment. Greta could not wait to see her husband and show him the pictures of their unborn baby!

 

Two lives were saved that day, thanks to our Heavenly Father and YOUR faithful support!

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Brenna

 

Some of you may remember this story from our 2013 Banquet, but for those of you who are newer, we wanted to bless you with the opportunity to hear this amazing redemption story as well. 

 

When Brenna was pregnant, she didn't come to WPCC. Instead, she went and had a termination. After the termination procedure, she struggled emotionally. Her mom was worried about her and found our healing support program online. 

 

Click the video to hear what happened!