A Mother Will Overcome {I Am Strong}

by Birth Without Fear on October 16, 2014

A short and sweet story of a teenage mother, or just a mother, this is Jada’s story:

I am strong because I found out I was pregnant at 17, two months into a relationship, and decided then to keep the baby.

I am strong because I decided to end the relationship, because I wasn’t happy anymore.

I am strong because during my pregnancy, I went through the worst depression in my life a month before my son was born.

I am strong because I had my mother and my aunt in the birthing center room to support me while I went through with my natural birth, which showed me just how strong I was.

I am strong because I pushed for an hour (which felt like only five minutes) and gave birth to a 8 lb. 8 oz. healthy boy and picked the name of my son when I met him for the first time.

I am strong because despite the criticism on bed-sharing, I am proud to say I have slept beside my son every night since he was born, and have no plan to stop.

I am strong because I overcame my fear of breastfeeding in public despite my overwhelming social anxiety, and plan on weaning when he is ready.

I am strong because I suffer from postpartum depression and am raising my son, alone, the way I feel is right for the both of us.

I am strong because I am going through with getting my high school diploma so my son and I can have a good future.

I am strong because now, at 19 years of age, I am where I want to be and have great plans that I see myself accomplishing in the future.

Brandon

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

jenn October 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

So proud of you!

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Elise Washington October 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I can relate! God bless you! I was a teen mom too or just a mom at 15 years old! You are doing what’s best for your son and you will succeed! I support you and salute you and most definitely Respect you!

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Mary October 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

You are beautiful, Mama, and your son is very lucky to have you. Many blessings for you and him in the future!

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Kiya Hill October 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

i was in a similar situation, i was only 18 when i got pregnant, we had only been together a short time. he was abusive in many ways and im now raising my son alone. I work 2 jobs and im going to college. I also have extreme anxiety and am in the process of being diagnosed with M.S. i love reading stories like hers because they make me realize im not alone and i can do anything i set my mind to. 🙂

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Susan Courtney October 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Congratulations Heather on your amazing accomplishments to date. You are a fabulous role model for that lucky little boy and I am sure your incredible strength will stand you both in great stead during your life journeys.

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Bethany October 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

Love this. My journey into motherhood began at age 18 and I’m so proud of where I stand now as well!

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xxxx October 17, 2014 at 6:12 am

Beautiful! Good luck to both of you! <3

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Naomi October 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I would love to donate a little money to help her along. Can you have her email me?

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Jenny RESENDEZ October 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm

This is beautiful. Carry on strong mama. Your son is lucky to have you.

Jenny

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