Tepeyac was my third OB/GYN office,” notes Elise, as she describes her journey to discovering life-affirming medicine. “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.” The search for an OB/GYN who understood the effectiveness of NFP brought Elise out of Washington D.C. District to Northern Virginia. “I googled pro-life or NFP OB/GYN and that’s how I learned about Tepeyac.”
When Elise and her husband became pregnant, Elise made plans to step back from her high-powered D.C. 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.”
“Tepeyac cared for me by meeting my need for a doctor who respected 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.