June, 2014. Our counselor was at the hospital per her normal schedule and asked the head nurse if there were any women there for abortion. The nurse replied that there was one, but seemed to discourage us from speaking with her, saying that the woman is still nursing the youngest of her 4 children, the family is poor, etc. The counselor told the nurse that her purpose was to talk with every woman considering abortion.
In the spring of 2015, a woman who was 16 weeks pregnant came to our office in Skopje, having found out about us from a friend. She didn’t know what to do. By law, it was too late to have an abortion, but she was not in a situation where she could raise a child. Our director suggested adoption, and she agreed! This is very rare, because the idea of adoption in Macedonia is not well-accepted.
In August, she gave birth to a baby girl, and since there are no adoption agencies here, “Lydia” was able to help her at the hospital with the process of giving her child for adoption. Because she was given for adoption, we do not have a photo of Magdalena.
In March 2015, a 19-year old young lady came to the hospital for an abortion with her boyfriend who said he would support her no matter her decision. The previous week our counselor had spoken with both of them, discussing the development of the baby, the consequences of abortion, and encouraging them to consider all of their options.
In the spring of 2013, “Lydia” was invited to attend an event. We were not able to share or participate in the actual event, but during the lunch we shared about “Lydia” with the people at our table, and gave out a few brochures. A few days later, a woman called us seeking assistance to obtain an abortion.
Bogdan was born after his mother came to us with concerns because she had had an xray done before she knew she was pregnant, and thought she should abort the pregnancy rather than risk disability or deformity. Our counselor educated her about new tests that can determine disability or deformity in the womb, and she chose to wait. In December 2013, she gave birth to a healthy thriving baby boy!
Bozidar is our first joy! His mother was facing a difficult challenge when she came to “Lydia”. She needed to decide whether she would abort, or choose life for her child. A little heart that was already beating in this brave mother’s womb succeeded to convince her to give him a chance to see the light of the world. They fought together, and they won! “Bozidar” was born in April, 2013.