Pregnant mom finds support, caring environment at Denver medical clinic
Joselyn was shocked—she was pregnant … again.
“I didn’t want to be pregnant. I was actually shocked that I got pregnant again,” said the 21-year-old El Salvador-native. “I just couldn’t do it. I was so alone, and I had nobody else to talk to.”
A high school drop-out already caring for her 2-year-old daughter, Joselyn didn’t feel ready to care for another baby. She has been on her own since she was 15. Except for her brother, she didn’t have family support. She decided to look for a place that performed abortion. Through a Google search, she instead discovered Marisol Health and decided to ask them for help.
“I was looking for an abortion and then I came to Marisol,” she said. “I was scared. There was one lady, she was so helpful. She just listened and told me there were different ways other than an abortion.”
Marisol Health’s Bilingual Pregnancy Support Counselor Paulina told Joselyn they were there for her.
“Her telling me that I’m not alone—that changed my mind right away.” said Joselyn.
The following video was played during the Beacon of Hope Gala on Jan. 28 depicting Joselyn's experience with Marisol Health.
The professional medical staff performed an ultrasound and shared pictures of her baby. It was a baby boy. They gave her the prenatal care she needed and connected her with Gabriel House to find items for her daughter, Anastasia.
She also needed a place to stay and Catholic Charities shelter provided her with housing options for her and her growing family.
“I hate asking for help,” Joselyn said. “I hate regretting stuff, but I didn’t regret walking in there. It’s like the best thing ever.”
Joselyn decided to move in with her brother and was hired at a restaurant. After Joselyn gives birth to her baby, she has plans to earn her GED and start a new life with her two children.
Marisol Health locations
3894 Olive St., Denver
1285 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette
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