She was pursuing that dream. She’d already completed her undergraduate degree, had just returned from a summer in France, and was due to graduate with her Masters in French and Spanish. Not even the smallest part of her had ever wanted a child.
Those dreams crashed hard last September when she visited us. Not only did the pregnancy test show positive, she saw a heartbeat on the sonogram. “I experienced sheer terror,” she says. “I wondered how I could pursue graduate school and be a mother,” she recalls. She didn’t know what she’d do.
With the support of her parents, The St. JPII Life Center, and the Vitae Clinic, Mariel grew to embrace her situation. Sofia was born May 10, 2013. And today, the love she has for her baby is contagious. “I’m stronger now than I ever thought I’d be,” she says. “I feel empowered. I know I can do whatever is thrown my way.” –Mariel
Mariel is on track to complete her Masters in the Spring of 2014.