“Tepeyac was my third OB/GYN office,” Elise told me, beginning the story of her journey to find our doctors. As a convert to the Catholic faith, Elise wasn’t yet married, but knew the kind of family planning she would want when she was. “The first GYN I visited asked me what birth control method I was going to use. When I mentioned I would use NFP, she asked, ‘What’s that?’ When I explained it, she laughed and said it wouldn’t work. The second GYN I met with echoed the same general sentiment of doubt in NFP’s effectiveness.” I recognized in Elise’s story echoes of so many others I have heard.
The search for an OB/GYN who understood the effectiveness of NFP brought Elise out of the District traveling all the way to Virginia to Tepeyac. “I just googled pro-life or NFP OB/GYN and that’s how I learned about Tepeyac.”
When she got married, Elise says how much she and her husband benefited from NFP, and then discerned they were ready for a child. Upon finding out she was pregnant, Elise made plans to step back from her high-powered DC job to work at home and prepare to be a mom. She went to Tepeyac for prenatal care using her husband’s insurance. But the same week her job ended, her husband lost his.
“The timing of losing our health insurance was almost comical. We were intentional about securing a stable financial situation before trying to start a family, so it was a situation we never expected to find ourselves in. We paid out of pocket for a bit. Then, Tepeyac sat down with me to consider options like Virginia Medicaid, which we discovered wouldn’t work since I lived in the District. Thankfully, my husband and I eventually found the right insurance plan, but it was great knowing Tepeyac still would have found a way to help if we couldn’t. Tepeyac offered me more than medicine. They offered genuine emotional support. One woman at the front desk even took the time to share with me that a similar panic situation had happened to her at my age.”
Elise and I then talked about how the pro-life movement could expand their definition of women in need: “Tepeyac cared for me by meeting my need for a doctor who respects my faith and beliefs. They cared for me in a tough financial season even though I was married and not abortion-minded. I think Tepeyac has such a broad, full view of the pro-life movement in women’s health, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Update: Kolbe Dawson Daniel was born on September 30, 2017. He was named after Saint Maximilian Kolbe and he is the 4th Daniel in line to carry on the “K.D.D.” initial tradition. Elise and Kristopher recently celebrated Kolbe’s 2nd birthday and learned they’re expecting another boy this month.