Meet Kayla: An LFCS Crisis Pregnancy Client
Kayla was referred to LFCS by her mental health counselor. She was 18 and pregnant, living with her mom who also struggles with mental illness. Her boyfriend Matt was trying to finish his senior year of high school. While Kayla and Matt were excited about the pregnancy, they also knew they weren’t really ready for a baby.
Kayla and Matt met with their LFCS pregnancy counselor regularly throughout the pregnancy to receive counseling, support, and encouragement. LFCS was able to get them connected with other community resources, shared educational information on pregnancy and parenting, and helped to make sure they had everything they needed for the baby before he arrived.
Their baby is now 6 months old, and he is doing great. Matt graduated from high school, and both Matt and Kayla have jobs. They work different shifts so that one of them is most always available to care for their baby, and Kayla’s mom steps in to babysit as needed. Kayla and Matt recently had their last session with their LFCS pregnancy counselor, and they have met most all of the goals they set together at the beginning of their services with LFCS: increases in education, employment, mental health, parenting knowledge, and improved family relationships mean a more stable and secure environment for their baby and the entire family.