Formerly known as Carea Community Health Centre

Client Story: Enabling a Bright Future for Sarah and her Baby


A close up of someone's hands in a group discussionMeet Sarah (name changed for privacy), a resilient 17-year-old who bravely sought help at our Child, Youth, and Family Clinic (CYFC) when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Sarah’s journey was not an easy one as she faced numerous challenges, including a history of borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse, along with living in a group home and engaging in high-risk sexual activity.


When Sarah first came to the CYFC, multiple factors made it difficult to determine the precise stage of her pregnancy and she had not yet received any prenatal care. Our dedicated healthcare professionals recognized the urgency of the situation and immediately began working tirelessly to find an accepting obstetrician (OB) who would provide the necessary care.


However, the road to finding an accepting OB was not without its obstacles. Despite facing several rejections, our team remained undeterred and continued advocating for Sarah. Leveraging our strong community connections, we persevered until we found a compassionate OB who agreed to take on Sarah’s case. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of a collaborative effort to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a brighter future for both Sarah and her baby.


Although Sarah’s journey was not without setbacks, our team remained steadfast in providing essential prenatal services. We understood the critical importance of supporting Sarah during this crucial time. We offered her the guidance, resources, and compassionate care she needed to navigate the challenges she faced.


Finally, the day arrived when Sarah gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby. Thanks to the collective efforts of our CYFC team, the newborn was swiftly moved to a safe and nurturing home, where they would be given the love and care they deserve. But our commitment to Sarah and her child did not end there. Recognizing the significance of early intervention and comprehensive care, we welcomed the newborn as a patient at the CYFC. Our multidisciplinary team, including pediatricians, nurses, and social workers, collaboratively designed a customized care plan to support the child’s development and overall well-being.


Sarah’s story is a testament to the transformative power of compassionate and holistic healthcare. Despite the numerous challenges she faced, our unwavering dedication and strong community connections ensured that Sarah and her baby received the care and support she needed. Through this experience, we have witnessed the incredible resilience of our clients and the profound impact our services can have on their lives.

January 25, 2024

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