18-year-old Isabela and her son, Andy, at a WINGS clinic. After giving birth to Andy as a single mother, Isabela decided on a contraceptive implant.
Meet Isabela, an 18-year-old who came to a WINGS clinic in Santo Tomás Milpas Altas, a small town about a 20-minute drive from Antigua, Guatemala. Accompanied by her older sister, Isabela carried her eight-month-old son, Andy, in her arms. She is young but, unlike many of her peers, she is aware of her reproductive rights and contraceptive options thanks to WINGS’ volunteer promoters. She visited our clinic for the first time over a year ago. She had a boyfriend at the time and, since they had started having sexual relations, she wanted to get a Jadelle implant. However, when she took the routine pregnancy test we give to each patient before providing a long-acting method, the result was positive. Isabela was devastated at the time, bursting into tears. She is now raising Andy as a single mother, luckily with a lot of support from her family. She loves her son very much, but admits that being a mother at such young age is very hard and she wishes she waited for a few years. She's one of six siblings, four of them girls. "We now all have implants," she says. "Even my 15-year-old sister, she has one too. I want her to be safe, study, go to university, and not go through the difficulties I had to face." Isabela looks at little Andy with a big loving smile. "It's not easy. But I'm very happy now that I know I'm protected for the next five years."