At the age of 19, Jeanne moved from New Brunswick to Toronto. She left her parents “house rules” so she could live a life under her own rules.
“I started dating somebody and a few months later, things between us moved quite fast, a few months later I got pregnant by this man.”
After telling her boyfriend she was pregnant, she was forced to choose between keeping the baby or keeping him. He tried to convince her to have an abortion.
“I got really scared and confused, I got to thinking if I kept the baby I am going to be all alone because I was not in a good relationship with my family either. He wanted me to get an abortion; I refused, so I went seeking for help. That’s when I met people at the Pregnancy Care Centre.”
“That appointment was the best decision I ever made in my life because they supported me in so many things.”
Jeanne was connected to a shelter, attended prenatal classes and completed PCC’s parenting preparation course. She was also given emotional, spiritual and material support throughout her pregnancy.
“This is my daughter, Joelle. Joelle was born in May. Joelle is the best thing that ever happened to my life. She is the best thing that ever happened to me because she pretty much saved my life. I value my life more, I have a purpose of living because of her… and she also pretty much fixed my relationship with my parents and I also understand them more, now that I am a parent.”
“Pregnancy Care Centre, anybody that is struggling in this kind of situation, they should really come here because they have a lot of resources to offer. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for them to be honest with you, I don’t even know if I would have had my child if it wasn’t for them.”