Throughout my life, regardless of how old I was, a baby has always brought such joy, love and happiness. No matter if that baby was born into my family, on my TV screen as part of a soap or cradled up against their parent in a coffee shop. A baby to me really feels like a genuine gift and a life that is so precious. This feeling drove me into working for life, when I originally joined the charity in 2015, as I wanted to turn my love for this small new life into my life’s work.
In 2018 I was incredibly blessed to become pregnant with my first child. The whole pregnancy journey was like an extraordinary lesson, even though I knew and picked up aspects of how my child would grow and develop in my womb. To see it first-hand was one of the biggest and emotive eye openers.
When I was six weeks pregnant, I had to go for an emergency scan. To see my little raspberry sized baby on the screen for the first time, brought it home to me how vital and important it is to share with people how utterly amazing life is within the womb. My sonographer at this stage told me about how my babies’ heart would be beating and pointed out the size and weight my baby would be roughly at this six-week point.
When I left the scan room, I felt emotional not only because of having that special moment of seeing my child for the first time, but I couldn’t help but think of those women who perhaps feel afraid, vulnerable and possibly alone; who are pregnant with a baby roughly the same age as mine.
I felt sad that none of this wonderful information about their baby is being shared with them. Instead they are rushed along the abortion conveyor-belt without genuine regard or thought to their emotional journey because they are simply unsure whether to continue with their pregnancy for whatever personal reason.
Women and any partners involved need to be given time, information and support when abortion feels like their only choice. They should be shown the wonder of the life they have in their hands and be made aware that there is help and support out there for them; positive alternatives to abortion.
My pregnancy journey solidified my desire to return to work for life at the end of my maternity leave. I was even more passionate to share with the next generation of decision makers, the amazement and wonder of the incredible life that grows in the womb over nine months. As a result of my pregnancy an even bigger flame was ignited in me to protect, defend and advocate for the life of the baby and to be there for women in a time when that heartfelt support is so needed.
Therefore, I am proud to work for life. To work for a charity that strives to support, care for and help people in what can be a truly difficult period for them. And to be a campaigner for that little life who can’t speak for himself/herself. I leave you with the words J.K Rowling once spoke
We are all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.