I am 43 and have Chronic Hypertension. When I realized that I might be pregnant, I knew that would make my pregnancy really high risk. I was so distraught. I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to turn, how I was going to get health care, or prenatal care. I was so stressed out.
I went to the health department in Harrisonville, took a pregnancy test, and it came out positive. I asked the nurse, “Are you sure? Are you sure? It’s not just a hormonal overload because of my age?” But it wasn’t. The nurse gave me a card for the temporary Medicaid and sent me home with the info to sign up for pregnancy Medicaid. She told me that it would probably take a couple months to get accepted. Then she gave me the number to the Life Choice Center. I put it off to the side with the other paper work. When I got home, I started calling every doctor, hospital and clinic [to see if they were accepting Temporary Medicaid patients]. Then as I was going through all the paperwork that the nurse had given me, I saw the number for Life Choice Center again. So I called them. It was a Monday afternoon and the lady said that there was a cancellation and could I make it. I was so relieved; I was like, yes please! God works in mysterious ways.
So I kept my appointment then and every appointment since with a grateful heart. Life Choice Center is like a little piece of heaven on earth. Seriously wonderful. The Doctors there are awesome, they accepted my temporary Medicaid. There was even a lapse between my temporary Medicaid and when the pregnant Medicaid started. It was about a month and the Doctors still saw me. They just trusted that the Medicaid would kick in eventually. And the Center is a plethora of resources. The staff is awesome. Every time I come in for a visit, prenatal class, A to A visit, maternity [& infant] clothing … any time I go there, it’s just like home. Like talking to my sisters or my mother, everybody is so friendly and caring. They are genuinely concerned for me and my baby’s wellbeing. So without them, I don’t know where I’d be... where my pregnancy would have been. I am so grateful and thankful for Life Choice Center.