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Meet the moms of Heartbeat's Baby's Go to Congress July 2012.

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Emily Behny




Emily Behney and Aidan




Shelly Louis

Shelly Louis and Kiree






Jessica Gore

Jessica Gore and Janelle






Sarah Seely

Sarah Seely and Peyton Grace


Emily and Aidan

Emily Behny

My name is Emily and I found out I was pregnant when I was only a sophomore in high school. I was in a relationship with a boy that I thought I loved and who I thought loved me too.

When I first found out I was pregnant I was mostly scared of what my parents would think and say. After my family got over the shock of the pregnancy they were there to support me 100% in whatever my decision may be. I thought long and hard about my options and I looked at different adoption sites but at the end of the day I knew I could not place my baby for adoption.

I heard about Heartline Pregnancy Center and decided to see what they had to offer. I felt very welcomed there and at peace. Like there was a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I participated in the Earn While You Learn program while I was pregnant.

I gave birth to my son, Aidan, when I was 17 years old. He was a healthy 8 lbs. 10 oz. baby and it was definitely love at first sight. Once I held my son for the first time I knew it was time for me to be the best mother that I could be for him.

I started my junior year of high school only two weeks after giving birth. Leaving my son at Heartline’s daycare program, Teens ‘N Tots, was so hard but I knew he was in good hands. I looked forward to the weekly support groups. It was very encouraging to know I had so much support and to know I wasn't the only struggling high school mom.

It was very difficult being a 17-year-old teenager AND a mom. I had many times where I just cried and felt like I couldn't do it anymore but looking into my son’s eyes gave me strength. I graduated in 2008 with my class. It was the greatest feeling in the world walking across the stage, shaking my principal’s hand and holding my diploma. I had just graduated high school and I was a mother to a 1 1/2 year old! I did it and it felt GREAT!

I ended up going to college that July. My son still continued to go to Teens ‘N Tots while I would drive to Fort Wayne every day for school and then back to take him and home and then I would go to work. It was a busy schedule for a young girl but I did what I had to do and graduated from college.

A lot has happened since then. I met and married a wonderful man. He's a great guy to me and has shown me what true love really is and is also a very good step dad to my son. We bought our first home and welcomed our own baby girl last October.

My life has changed so much in just five years. I've had many obstacles but I've overcome everything. Not by myself of course, but with the help of family, friends, Heartline/Teens n Tots, and lots of prayers! I really feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be in my life. Teens N Tots has been a wonderful support system.”

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Sarah and Peyton GraceSarah Seely

Hi, my name is Sarah; I was 16 when I found out that I was pregnant.  First, I told my boyfriend whose response was, “get an abortion”. I always thought of myself as prolife but being in the situation made me think twice. I told my parents about my pregnancy and they advised me to see my youth pastor who referred me to College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS), a pro-life clinic not far from my house. We called and were seen the next day. At CAPS I received one on one care and counseling. They were truly interested in me and my story and how they could support me.

I was still unsure of what decision to make and my boyfriend and his family wanted me to go to an “unbiased” counseling session, so they sent us off to Planned Parenthood, when I arrived, there were flies in the waiting room and glass covering the workers. They were very rude and gave me a couple of pages to fill out. I was called in and forced to take a pregnancy test. I had already taken 3 or 4 at this time, I knew I was pregnant, and I had repeatedly told them I was just there for the counseling. I just wanted to talk to someone. I was finally called back in and sat in a room with a lady. She basically told me I was pregnant and the different ways they were going to perform the abortion. I told herI wasn’t sure that’s the route I wanted to take and asked if they had any young mothers support groups or information on adoption because I wanted to consider my options.

She said I don’t know, dug through here file cabinet and pulled out one sheet of paper, an internet print out of a list of adoption agencies,  said she didn’t know anything about support groups and that was that. I walked out to find that we now owed them $35 for a pregnancy test I didn’t need and “counseling” that no where fit the definition of that word. I was astounded and repulsed.

After that visit I went to Silent Voices to get more information and was given pamphlets on all my options. There they talked to me, told me their stories and really helped me through the whole process. They were kind and patient with me. They were there to help, and help they did. I also returned to CAPS for a sonogram since Silent Voices isn’t a clinic and doesn’t give medical care.  Both centers helped me in my decision through prayer, support and their personal attention to me.

I decided to keep my baby, Grace was born November 27, 2011.  She is 8 months now and the love of my life. I now have new plans. I graduated from Grossmont High School with honors in spring and am registered for community college in the fall. I plan on transferring to a university and becoming a labor and delivery nurse so I can see the wonderful gift of life bring joy to families daily.  

I am so grateful to the people that volunteered their time at Silent Voices and CAPS they saved not only one life but two.  So, thank you for helping a teen mother in her time of need.

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