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Ten years of counseling at a crisis pregnancy ­center.

Aug 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 46 • By EVE TUSHNET
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When I started counseling I saw our work as serving the mother-child dyad. I wanted to help the woman and save her unborn baby. Over time I began to see more and more the frayed communal fabric in which these women and children are wrapped. I began to appreciate the connections they lacked—to their own fathers, to their children’s fathers, to happily married couples who could serve as models, to churches where they were nurtured and shown God’s love. Now I see my job primarily as helping women find people in their own communities who can give them support, advice, and most of all the hope that married love is possible.

Eve Tushnet is a writer in Washington, D.C. She blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/evetushnet.

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