One Daily Beep and Megan Finished College
Posted on: Tuesday, March 30, 2010The alarm on my watch beeped and I realized I needed to head over to visit my client. The client I was going to see was a teen mother, Megan, who had given birth six months ago. On the last visit we had discussed her desire to prevent a pregnancy as she was again sexually active. I had helped her make an appointment with her doctor for birth control so I was collecting my ideas about that and other topics to cover on the visit.
During my visit Megan told me she could only safely take the “mini pill” because of her clotting disorder. We talked about how important it is to take the mini pill at the same time everyday. Together we problem solved how she would do this. She decided it would work best to take it at 9 am. I left the home feeling rather successful. I felt Megan understood the particulars of the mini pill and how she could be successful in using it for birth control.
About a week after our visit I received a desperate phone call from Megan. She told me she really needed something to remind her to take the pill at 9:00 am every morning. She had forgotten two different days to take her birth control until early afternoon. She was worried about getting pregnant.
I thought to myself about how I remember to do things I have to do. I told Megan about my wrist-watch alarm. She felt that it might work for her as she just needed some sort of reminder to take her pill. She really wanted to finish college before she had another baby.
I bought a watch with funds from our family home visiting program and stopped at her house that afternoon to deliver the watch. We read through the instructions and she set the alarm by herself while I watched.
The watch alarm has proven successful for this new mom. She has avoided a repeat pregnancy now for over eighteen months. What a great success for such a small investment!