Finding a Way
Because of you, Kaylah had support for a healthy pregnancy
Kaylah knew the impacts of a high risk pregnancy – she had already had two previous high risk deliveries.
Both had resulted in health complications for the babies, long hospital stays, a mountain of medical bills, lost time from work, and a lot of additional stress on her that impacted her own health and well-being. She knew she couldn’t go down that road again with this pregnancy. But you were there; your generosity made the difference. Kaylah found the help she needed from a Family Support Specialist through HumanKind’s Healthy Families program.
Her doctors insisted that she had to get her stress and overwhelm under control as quickly as she could. The child she was carrying this time needed her to be as healthy as possible — he had a hole in his heart and so much unknown still lay ahead for them both.
As a single mom, Kaylah was struggling to keep up with rent, utility bills, increased grocery costs, car payments, and making sure there was enough to cover all the upcoming doctor appointments for her baby on the way. She knew something had to change and that she couldn’t do it alone.
Because of you, Kaylah was connected with Lindsey, a Family Support Specialist from Healthy Families. Lindsey was able to come alongside her and help ease some of her greatest worries. First, she helped Kaylah prioritize her bills and create a budget that would work for her and her family’s needs.
“I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I felt like I was drowning in stress, bills and life in general. And I didn’t know how to do better this time – but I knew I needed help.”
Kaylah shared, “Finally I felt like I could take a deep breath. With Lindsey’s help I realized I could pay off my car with a tax return and officially become a vehicle owner for the first time in my life! When I got the title in the mail, I FaceTimed Lindsey right away — me and my kids had a dance party with her right there on the phone.”
Just five days later Kaylah lost her job. “I couldn’t believe it. When Kaylah texted me about losing her job so shortly after such a big win,” her support worker Lindsey shared, “I was so afraid it was going to send her back into a spiral of stress and cause complications for the baby.”
But Kaylah didn’t panic. Thanks to the budget that she had created with Lindsey, Kaylah had money saved to help her and her children get by until she could find a new job after the baby was born. Because of you, Lindsey was right there with her every step of the way.
At her next prenatal appointment, Kaylah’s doctor was shocked at the improvement the baby was showing. Based on her previous pregnancies, her doctor thought the baby would be born as early as 28 weeks. This would be she would need extensive time in the NICU and medical procedures to repair the hole in his heart. But when the doctor looked at the ultra sound, there was no hole to be seen. What a blessing!
With less stress in her life and Lindsey’s support, Kaylah gave birth to a healthy baby boy at full term. She is now a mom of three healthy children. Kaylah still works with Lindsey who continues to provide parent support and access to resources that help Kaylah make a life for her children she never dreamed possible.
Thanks to you, Kaylah had the support system through her pregnancy and into motherhood. Without you, she might have struggled alone and remained in crisis. Thank you for being a light in the middle of this dark time. Right now there are women, who much like Kaylah, need someone to walk with them to find a way through the storm. Because of you and your support, help and resources are ready and waiting for a mother in need.
Learn more about the Healthy Families program at HumanKind by visiting here.