A Mother’s Joy

“I wanted to publicize my story after I read about EFRAT on Facebook.” said Adi.

“10 years ago I was 18 and seeing a wonderful guy. When I found out I was pregnant, we concluded that we’d terminate the pregnancy. We didn’t tell anyone but after a few days I couldn’t hold it in and broke down with my sisters. They strengthened my plan to end the pregnancy, telling me that I had no other option. It would be crazy for two 18-year olds to establish a home together. What would we live on? Where would we live? We’d have no support as we each came from big families struggling to make ends meet. So many uncertainties meant that this was our only option.

The night before, I couldn’t sleep. My head told me that I was doing the right thing but my heart wept. The next morning, I spotted my mother in the kitchen. I wished that she’d realize that something was happening. With a mother’s intuition, she asked me if I was ok. I couldn’t stop crying. I told her I was pregnant and on the way to terminate it. She hugged me and told me. “As your mother I won’t let you do something that you’d regret for the rest of your life.”

‘I called my boyfriend. I told him that I had the support of my parents and perhaps we should marry. A friend of my mother’s put me in touch with EFRAT and it is with their help that I was able to give birth to my first baby. They supported me during the pregnancy and after I gave birth. I received everything a baby could need – a bed, a stroller, bath, diapers, clothes, bottles, pacifiers! I’ve been married now for 10 years and I’ve had two more children. My children are my whole world; I wouldn’t give them up for anything.”