HEARTLINE BIRTH

Posted: October 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

Today was the end of a long journey.  It ended with a beginning.  The beginning of a life that almost wasn’t. 
Mom
isn’t pretty, she’s poor, she has a hard life, she has been pregnant 6
times and is only raising two of her children.  Men have used her,
other women have belittled her and she came to us pretty broken.  She
came wanting birth control.  We gave her a pregnancy test first and it
was positive.  She melted down at the news.  She wanted the easy way
out – a very dangerous route in Haiti.  We begged, pleaded, and prayed
with her.  Tara got sponsors to pay for her housing and food.  We
offered to take the baby once born if she would follow through with the
pregnancy.  Finally, through lots of rocky emotions she agreed not to
end the pregnancy.
Then came more news.  News that no one on this planet
wants to hear.  We do routine labs and HIV is the first result we look
at.  Positive.  Can’t this woman get a break?
Extremely poor, very
vulnerable, not skilled and now HIV positive.  But like in all God
stories through the ages hope makes an appearance.  Love shines through
the darkness.  God shows up.
Today this woman was surrounded by
loving midwives who helped her cope through labor and brought an
incredibly beautiful boy into the world.  He cried only to let us know
all was well and then he sucked his thumb and melted into the arms of
each midwife.  A peaceful baby.  An unusually peaceful baby.
He will
go to adoptive parents.  A Christian family will love him and cherish
him.  Bio-mom insisted that she did not want to hold him or keep him
but smiled in his direction and named him David.  David it is. 
She goes home to a one room cement hut with her two little
girls.  She continues on her antiviral drugs and may live a long life
in spite of HIV.  David will go to our children’s home and on to his
adoptive home.
Our lady knows she is loved.  She will continue to be
part of our program although she is no longer pregnant nor will she
have an infant at child development.  Some ladies are meant to stay in
our lives, know our love, continue in our care.  We pray she sees the
love of the Savior in our love.  We pray she sees the hands of Christ
in our hands. 
It is so like Jesus to lift up the hurting, the
lost, the outcast.  It is so like Him to love the unlovely, touch the
untouchable and I am humbled and honored today to be His hands
extended. 
I caught a baby – the mom caught grace.

Beth McHoul

The Heartline team, pictured left to right, Lisa, Stephanie, Jonna holding David, and Beth.  Sitting in the front is the birth mom.

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