Baby After 40

Sylvia was finished having children and was ready to go back into the workforce.

After 10 years as a stay-at-home mom of three, Sylvia* was beginning a bright new era. With her youngest boy starting kindergarten, she found a good job returning to paralegal work, and she was excited about helping pay down the mortgage. 

“Then…SURPRISE!” she said.  

At 41 years old, her free pregnancy test at our women’s clinic was positive. 

“This was not planned,” she said. “No, no. I’m not ready for another.” 

All options flashed through her mind. As she talked to her counselor at our clinic, she recalled the regret of an abortion she had as a teenage girl. 

“I don’t want to go down that road again,” she determined. She quit her new job and began preparing for another newborn with her husband of 20 years. She returns to our clinic regularly to meet with Priscilla Baitup, a volunteer advocate. Through our Earn While You Learn program, they study the Bible and parenting strategies. 

“I’ve already used what I’ve learned. It really works!” Sylvia said. She has a healthy baby boy, and Sylvia has continued to provide for her family by earning baby supplies through her classes.  

“I didn’t have to buy him a single diaper until he was four months old,” she said. “This place reminded me I’m not alone in this. I went there for a pregnancy test, but I found more. I found friends, encouragement, and hope.” 

*Names changes to protect privacy.