Give support right now, and that’s what we are here to do. I walked into her room, and she was completely out of it. Her eyes were so heavy she couldn't open them even when she tried. They had given her the epidural before I arrived so that she could get some rest and regain her strength. After some time, she woke up, and I introduced myself. We talked for a little while about her 3 other children. The tears never seemed to stop flowing. Her heart was broken for the children she never sees, and now for the one she would not be able to take home.
After about an hour, nurses moved her to a new room, and checked her for progress. The usually exciting words "We're ready to have a baby" only brought more tears and heartbreaking cries for more time. I told her, "This is the birthday of your sweet child. Celebrate today like you will for all the special birthdays to come." She seemed to allow herself to see past her circumstances for just a moment and a very small smile came to her face. Within minutes, little baby "G" was placed into his mother’s loving arms.
I'll never forget this young inmate mothers' statement. Through her sobbing, she said "This is the worst pain I've ever felt, nothing like childbirth, but the pain of knowing he is going to be taken away from me."
I am blessed to be a part of this great work we do, but at times it’s heartbreaking to know that we don't know the end of the story. We can only trust that these lives are being changed.