A Triple Blessing
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
In her own words, full-time college student Robin is overwhelmed. That’s completely understandable considering the fact that she has not one, not two, but three babies to care for!
“About a year and a half ago, I started feeling some symptoms and thought I might be pregnant,” Robin reveals. “I took a test at home. It was positive so I took another one. It was positive, too.” Still, Robin didn’t believe what she was seeing and came in to Hope Pregnancy Center for a second opinion. “The woman was really nice. She was encouraging and reassured me that either way everything would be okay before I took the test. When she told me I was pregnant, I was shocked and terrified.”
Even though Robin wasn’t in an ideal position to raise a baby, she never once considered having an abortion. “I knew I couldn’t do that, I would never be able to forgive myself or be able to handle the tremendous guilt and sadness. I wanted to know how far along I was, so I came back a week later for an ultrasound. The nurses were really nice,” Robin remembers. “One of the nurses was pointing at the gestational sac on the screen, and my sister blurted out, ‘Hey, is it twins? Is that another one over there?’ The nurses couldn’t tell for sure, but said it was possible. We decided I would come back in a week to see for sure because I wasn't as far along as we initially thought. I was just in shock, really.”
Before Robin could return to HPC for a follow-up ultrasound, she began having common miscarriage symptoms. “The doctor came in and said, ‘You’re having triplets!’” Robin’s tone turns incredulous. “I exclaimed, ‘What?’ and she responded, ‘Yes, there are three gestational sacs.’ I couldn’t believe it. She asked if I was taking fertility drugs.” Robin laughs.
“The next week, I went back to Hope and told the nurse. She was just as shocked as I was, but she made me feel like it was going to be okay somehow. She said they were a blessing, and we looked at the babies together,” says Robin. “The entire time I was at Hope, I never felt any judgment. No one made the remark, ‘Why did you get pregnant if you knew you couldn’t take care of a baby?’ or anything like that.”
“I didn’t know how to provide for my babies. I knew I would be on my own. [HPC staff] told me about the Earn While You Learn classes and how they could help me, and I started to think that maybe it was possible for me to take care of them and be a good mom.”
“They started explaining their parenting classes and the rewards for completing the homework and the packets. They told me that you could end up getting a crib in the end and that they have resources for anything you might need. Well, I thought it was all just wonderful. I wanted to learn. I watched a lot of videos about what takes place during pregnancy, about their little growing bodies.” Robin’s face is transformed by tenderness at the thought of her little ones. “I learned quite a bit of biblical information about having a good heart, God's will, His peace, healing, faith, hope, love and forgiveness. These things were very encouraging and helpful. I definitely know that babies are a blessing.
As she learned and prepared for the daunting task of being a mother to three babies, Robin’s faith began to grow, an unforeseen benefit of her seeking help in an environment founded on and fueled by God’s love. “After completing the class each week, there was always an exit sheet where you could put down anything that you needed prayer for, and there were many Bible passages that helped me. I had some things to work through.
To her great frustration, Robin didn’t get to complete all of the HPC classes she’d hoped to before the babies came. Due to the incredible strain put on her body by the gestation of three active babies, Robin’s heart became enlarged, and she developed congestive heart failure. At 30 weeks, she had an emergency C-section. “I was very concerned with them being born so early and was afraid of something bad happening. They are all healthy and their development is good,” Robin says.
“I don’t know where I would be without Hope Pregnancy Center,” Robin admits. “They knew there was no way I could earn the Mommy Bucks to buy three cribs from the Baby Boutique, but they made sure I got them anyway…THREE!”
Robin’s mother and sister decided to all move into a house together to help Robin raise Aidan, Arianna Grace, and Araya Hope, who is so named out of her mother’s deep gratitude to Hope Pregnancy Center. “But even with my family’s help, I don’t think I’d be in school without this place,” Robin confides. “I wouldn’t be able to complete college, and I wouldn’t know how to take care of them in the best way possible. This is a safe haven. They made me believe I could be a great mom and still achieve my goal of becoming a teacher at the same time.”
“They’re still here for me, and that has made a huge difference. Hopefully, someday when I’m working and the kids are older, I can start giving back. This is just such an amazing place. I want to be a part of what they do.”