By Marlene Goley, Manager of Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services
Young moms find Nicole and the Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program in lots of different ways. Many are referred early in their pregnancies from midwives, nurse practitioners, or family doctors. They are often alone, unsure of their future and how they will care for a new baby. Nicole reassures, connects them to resources, and helps them with whatever it is they need to be ready to face the daunting responsibilities ahead of them. Others have known Nicole for a while and have stayed connected or re-connect when they need a supportive hand through another pregnancy.
However, they find Nicole, whatever the help they need, the connection they make with Nicole is truly special. Nicole has been requested to be present at births or been called to be one of the first visitors when a new baby arrives. She spent a lot of the Christmas holidays in the maternity ward at the hospital. Two young moms had babies on December 25 and another on December 27. These were followed by births in February, March, and April! All these new babies were received with joy and love. Nicole was able to celebrate these births with the new moms. And for some, she has been able to help them go through with the hard decision to give their baby to an adoptive family.
The stories about the young moms in The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program are all about the resiliency, courage, and love that is so evident when they launch safe, stable lives for themselves and their children – and is just as evident from the very beginning.
We are so blessed to be included in these precious lives.