When “Deanna” (not her real name) called the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center, she had little hope of continuing her pregnancy. However, after her date, an embers of light shone, and that light continues as she nears the birth of her baby.
“She called and she mentioned that she was considering an abortion,” said Karen Fimbrez, nurse in charge of Fort Worth Pregnancy Center (FWPC), who took Deanna’s phone call.
The young woman told Fimbrez that she received a dose of radiation for cancer treatment before finding out she might be pregnant. Therefore, the nurse manager made an appointment for Deanna to come to FWPC and started researching.
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âI didn’t know what the implications (of this type of radiation) were for babies,â Fimberz said. “I wanted to get her in here so I could talk to her and calculate to see if this baby was conceived before or after taking this (radiation) pill.”
By the time the young woman arrived at the center, Fimbrez was armed with information to share with her patient. She also learned more about the situation of women.
âShe was being pressured to have an abortion by several people, including her oncologist,â Fimbrez said. âThe client, however, said she was not necessarily pro-abortion; she had never been able to conceive and she really wanted a baby. I could see she wanted someone to agree with her. She was just looking for a little hope.
This is what the FWPC team provided. Between the research conducted and provided by Fimbrez and the dating of Deanna’s pregnancy ultrasound, there was probably a window of time that the radiation therapy did not have the impact that the client, her doctors, and the father. of the baby feared.
âShe was about six and a half weeks old when we did the ultrasound,â Fimbrez said.
After seeing and hearing her unborn baby’s heartbeat through ultrasound at FWPC, Deanna returned to her OBGYN armed with new information. However, the doctor continued to suggest that abortion was the best route. Deanna contacted FWPC again about three weeks later and asked specifically for Fimbrez, who referred her to area doctors willing to work with a high-risk pregnant patient.
“She wasn’t finished at the time so I was extremely optimistic,” Fimbrez said.
Deanna made an appointment with a doctor Fimberz had suggested and later learned that Deanna felt “comfortable and more encouraged” after this appointment. She returned to FWPC for another ultrasound at the age of 12 weeks and was hoping to continue to soar, for both Fimbrez and Deanna.
âWe have seen growth,â Fimberz said.
Now, several months later, Deanna remains pregnant, with a due date in September.
âIt was sad and disheartening that she didn’t have support (when she first arrived at the center),â Fimbrez said.
However, Deanna found support among the FWPC staff, and although her baby’s father had many concerns at first, he stuck with her, said Jamie Bryant, FWPC’s director of development.
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âShe found us online, (and) she found hope,â said Bryant.
âShe even chose to receive spiritual support at our center,â added Fimbrez.
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âWe have invested a lot in online marketing,â said Bryant. âThis is where our customers are and this is how Deanna found us.
FWPC provided hope to women in the community of Fort Worth for over two decades. The center celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Bryant said. FWPC became a pregnancy medical resource center in 2002.
With two abortion clinics within 10 miles of the center, having an online presence is essential. Nine employees and “an army of volunteers” choose to serve customers with excellence, according to Bryant, knowing their work is about life and death.
Although last year’s COVID pandemic interrupted FWPC’s volunteer service, “staff have taken over,” said Bryant.
âWe are happy to welcome our volunteers now,â she said.
With much to celebrate in 2021, from years in the community to returning volunteers, FWPC workers are anxiously awaiting the birth of Deanna’s baby in just a few months.
“She is doing very well and is in good health!” said Fimbrez.