They walked in exactly four and a half hours early for their appointment: Sandra, soft-spoken and reticent while Gerardo, a big teddy-bear of a guy, did most of the talking.
Gerardo came from Mexico, and Sandra was a business owner with an MBA in Columbia. Their new life as a married couple in the US together had barely started, so they were surprised to find themselves on the conclusive end of a positive pregnancy test. This would be their first child, and though they were excited, the couple did not yet have medical insurance, and they knew they would need some material support with maternity resources.
Care Net staff were able to connect Sandra with Step-by-Step maternity case management, who secured prenatal insurance for her through the baby’s first year of life. Sandra and Gerardo made use of nearly all the services Care Net had to offer—from pregnancy testing and ultrasound, to a First Trimester pregnancy class and parenting classes—all with such an eagerness and determination to learn all they could.
Sandra and Gerardo were also the first clients for Trevor, our male parenting mentor, who willingly took them on while waiting for a Men’s Group to form. Gerardo said of his experience, “He is a very nice person…Trevor taught us a lot!”
The couple now feels supported, equipped, confident, and excited as they anticipate the birth of their daughter in June of 2019.
When asked about their Care Net experience as a whole, Gerardo responds, “They are angels. We don’t have anything but positive things to say about them… It’s like coming home.”