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Apr20

Birthright 45th Annual Convention

Categories: News and Events, Love, Hope & Encouragement

The Birthright 45th Annual Convention will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on June 11-14th. Birthright volunteers from the US, Canada and Africa will come together to share ideas and fellowship.

Birthright 45th Annual Convention

The Birthright 45th Annual Convention will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on June 11-14th. At the Toronto, ON, Canada - Marriott Airport Hotel from June 12, 13, 14, 2015

The goal is to develop more effective ways to help women who are experiencing difficult pregnancies.

 

 

Nov19

A Beautiful Letter From A Client

Categories: Love, Hope & Encouragement

Sometimes at Birthright, we are lucky enough to know the outcome of our cleint's stories. This client was gracious enough to share her story with us.

I have been wanting to share my appreciation for the volunteers and supporters of Birthright for a long time now. Here is my story:

Five years ago, I discovered that I was pregnant (surprise!). Knowing I was pregnant filled me with a whirlwind of emotions: joy, fear, worry, excitement, embarrassment... and I was afraid to tell anyone because I feared being judged. When I shared the news with the baby’s father, he reacted just as harshly as I feared. He insisted angrily that I terminate the pregnancy and he accused me of being irresponsible and selfish. My heart felt broken. I wanted this child, and I felt that to end my pregnancy would be wrong.

After my first prenatal appointment, the nurse practitioner also pressured me to terminate my pregnancy. I told her that I did not feel it was right to kill my baby, and her response was, “It’s not a baby, its a Rice Krispy.” (Seriously. That was her response!)

When I got home that afternoon I was desperate for someone to talk to and I did an internet search for pregnancy counselling. It was then that I found Birthright. The next morning, I called Birthright and spoke to a volunteer. She invited me to some over in person, and I did. The sincere and non- judgemental caring attitude was a breath of fresh air. I explained my situation, and I was so grateful to be met with love, acceptance and encouragement. That morning, I left with more than just maternity clothes. I also left with the confidence and joy that I was going to have my baby, which was what I deeply wanted. I returned almost every Tuesday for several months to spend time with Helen and Amy, the volunteers that I had met that first day. The loving support and encouragement they offered made all the difference to me at that time.

In March, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Such a blessing. That is not the end of my story though...

I continued visiting Birthright, sometimes to donate clothes my son had outgrown, and other time to pick out ones to take home. There was a sense of peace that I felt from Helen, Amy and the other volunteers. Birthright is not a religious organization, and I was not a religious person, but at some point in our conversations I realized that the peace I felt with them had to do with their faith in God. I wanted to know more... and I knew that I wanted that sense of peace and faith too. I requested information and Helen was kind enough to send me a few books. I heard the Hail Mary prayer, and I began to pray is regularly. It is my belief that Mary led me to Jesus. It took some time and a few false starts but I completed the RCIA program at the local church last year.

At the Easter vigil last year, my son was baptized and I received full communion. It was one of the happiest days of my life. The joy and relief of knowing about God’s grace and forgiveness has taken away the hopelessness that I lived with for so long. My son and I love being a part of our welcoming church community.

The two greatest blessings of my life have been receiving the gift of faith and life through Jesus Christ, and the privilege of raising my wonderful child. For anyone who might ever wonder if Birthright makes a difference, please know that it truly does. Blessing, gratitude, and peace from my family to yours.

Client Update...

This year, after Sunday mass, this Birthright client and her son hosted a bake sale in front of the church. The fundraiser was in support of Birthright. She had a true connection to Birthright and graciously shared her story with us. Her son, a beautiful 5 year old, presented Birthright with a check for $800. 

 

Nov19

A True Story From A Birthright Centre

Categories: Love, Hope & Encouragement

One of our Birthright Centres Learned a Valuable Lesson on Judgement...

Our Birthright Centre had moved to a new location. It was a nice enough spot on the main street, though there was a feeling of disappointment upon moving in that our new neighbour was, of all things, a tattoo shop. We realize now that was an unfair judgement, as we had never even met them. What would transpire in our first few days at our new location would be heartwarming.

As we settled into our new office, the morning came when one of the volunteers put our Birthright sign into the window. That afternoon, a big, tattoo covered man walked in the door. He very politely introduced himself, “Hi, I’m Paul. We’re neighbours, I own the tattoo shop next door.” The Birthright volunteers introduced themselves and made small talk.

After a few minutes, Paul asked a surprising question. “Is this the same Birthright that is in Lyndon?” Lyndon was a small town a couple hours away and Birthright of Lyndon had closed years prior. One of the Birthright volunteers replied, “Yes it is, but unfortunately Birthright in Lyndon closed a few years ago. Birthright is a pregnancy support service and there are many Birthright’s across the country.”

Paul smiled and said “I know exactly what Birthright is. You see, many years ago, I took my girlfriend to Birthright. I was 18 and she was 16 and we were worried she was pregnant. So we went to Birthright in Lyndon.” He continued, “The people there were kind and did a pregnancy test. It was positive. My girlfriend went back a couple of times and always appreciated the emotional support Birthright provided her.”

All the volunteers smiled and anxiously awaited the end of the story.

“That was 20 years ago. Thank you for the work that you do. You are special people.”

We were so grateful that Paul shared his experience with us. One of our volunteers finally said, “I am glad Birthright was able to help you and your girlfriend. Are you at peace with the decisions that you both made?”

Paul smiled. He said, “Absolutely. My then girlfriend, is now my wife. We have 4 beautiful daughters together, the eldest is 20. And we couldn't have done it without Birthright.”

Paul finished with “If you ever need anything, I am right next door. Don’t be afraid to ask me for anything.”

What a beautiful Birthright story from the most unsuspecting place. It was a lesson in judgment and a reminder that Birthright is needed. Though we may not always know how our clients stories end, we certainly know that Birthright is making a difference in lives everywhere. 

May14

Story from a Birthright Volunteer

Categories: Love, Hope & Encouragement

A Birthright Volunteer shares a memorable encounter with a client.

 

I once met a young woman who suspected she was pregnant. We met 3 times in the Birthright office.

The pregnancy test was positive and we continued to talk and discuss options. Every angle I tried to talk to her had a huge road block. She was pregnant - not with her husband - she herself was adopted and had a negative experience, she lived with her father who would not support her. She had a firm determination to abort her baby. I tried everything I could to help her, but once she left the Birthright Centre the third time, I never heard from her again.

I cried many times, wondering what I could have done differently. All I had left to do was pray and turn it over to God.

About two years later, I had my grandson at the park and ran into her. She asked me if I remembered her. She had a toddler with her.  Of course, I would never forget her. 

 

 

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