The Path Toward Motherhood: Laura’s Story
Many first-time mothers have concerns about their pregnancies, but Laura Aguilar was especially worried when she was carrying her first daughter. Her previous pregnancy had resulted in a stillborn baby at 38 weeks and Laura was afraid the same thing would happen again. She was also anxious about not living with the father of her child and not having immediate family or friends in the area. In addition, Laura was seeking information on how to raise her children, and turned to INMED for guidance.
“When I was offered home visiting services from Healthy Families, I was very happy that this program existed and that someone was willing to help me,” Laura reflected. “Since then, my support workers have helped me tremendously by bringing me information on prenatal care, how to raise a newborn, child development, child discipline, and so much more. Healthy Families referred me to other services as well, and provided me with the transportation and translation help that I needed.”
“When I was offered home visiting services from Healthy Families, I was very happy that this program existed and that someone was willing to help me…my support workers have helped me tremendously.”
The program not only helped her provide the best care for her child. It also gave her the opportunity to develop a home environment filled with trust, love, respect and fun. She eventually married the father of her child soon after her first daughter was born and they have a stable and happy marriage. She was also able to buy her own house and is confident in providing the best care for her family.
“Today I feel very fortunate to graduate from this program,” she wrote, “and I would like to thank Healthy Families Loudoun for all its support.”