Kisha and her boyfriend Jevan changed their minds—they weren’t ready to have a child yet.
“I was 22 at the time. He was 23,” Kisha shared. “We decided that we were ready to have a child ... The next day in the afternoon we’re like, ‘Actually, let’s take this back.’ We took a take-action pill and a month later, we found out it didn’t take action.”
Kisha, now 24, shared her next steps. She went to Planned Parenthood but didn’t want to receive care there—she felt unprepared and uncertain about her pregnancy.
“When I went to confirm that I was pregnant, we went to Planned Parenthood and it was very dark and plain and spooky,” she said. “You felt like you’re in a place that made you feel like you’d done something wrong.”
She discovered Marisol Health in Lafayette, a licensed medical clinic, and went to her first appointment.
“Here, I didn’t feel that way. I felt accepted. I could just be honest and say, ‘Yes, we took a Plan B pill. It didn’t work. We’re here for the best care possible.’ That’s exactly what we received ... it was beautiful.”
Kisha needed extra assistance to prepare to be a successful mother. At Marisol Health, she took classes, received baby clothing and supplies, counseling, and joined a mother’s support group, in addition to receiving quality medical care.
Marisol Health clinics “are this really beautiful blend of medical and social supportive services,” said Senite Sahlezghi, program director of Marisol Health Lafayette. “We don’t serve people because they’re Catholic. We serve people because we’re Catholic. The role that we have here is to remind people that they have an inherent dignity.”
Kisha and Jevan wanted professional care and support to prepare for their new lives as parents.
“That’s huge for someone who’s so young to have a baby and not be married and not have planned it and have no idea in the world at all what they’re doing and what they’re going to do and how they go about it,” Kisha said. “Marisol gave me every single tool that I needed and all the strength that I didn’t know I had.”
After their daughter, Earlene, was born, Kisha and Jevan married in 2019. They invited Sahlezghi and staff to their celebration.
“I wanted them to be a part of the next big journey of my life because they’ve been here from the beginning ... like family honestly,” Kisha said.
“They’ve given me equal playing field to be a successful mother and to be a successful wife. I thank them for that,” she continued. “That’s what Marisol does to me. It gives me love and hope and I see so much good here ... and you can’t find that in many places.”