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Brusie Helps Women in Unplanned Pregnancies Answer the “Now What?”

February 12, 2014

When Chaunie Marie Brusie stared down at the two tell-tale lines on the pregnancy test, she knew her life had changed forever. As she puts it:

“I was twenty-one, unmarried, a student in my senior year of college, and still taking my laundry home to my parents every weekend. The question of ‘What if I’m pregnant?’ quickly became ‘What the heck am I going to do now?’”

As Brusie navigated her way forward, she learned that while many resources exist for teens facing unexpected pregnancies, there were surprisingly few for women in their twenties—the age range in which most abortions take place. She set out to advocate for better support systems at her college and became a pro-life advocate and speaker for Feminists for Life.

For the millions of young women who each year find themselves unexpectedly pregnant, Tiny Blue Lines offers a map for navigating the murky waters of becoming a young mom, perhaps a single parent, and an aspiring professional. With humor and candor, Brusie offers the benefit of her experience for answering tough questions and learning how to process the experience of unplanned pregnancy in healthy ways. She explores such topics as:

• How to Tell Your Parents • Things to Consider before You Tie the Knot • Navigating Your Feelings of Guilt • How to Deal with Rude People • Being a Student and a Mom • What No One Tells You about Unplanned Pregnancy

Brusie reminds readers that their plight is near to the heart of Mary and that there is healing to be found in Catholic practices like the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Brusie provides lists, resources, humor, anecdotes, and spiritual inspiration to help women gracefully navigate this challenging terrain.

About Chaunie Marie Brusie

Chaunie Marie Brusie is a writer, editor, speaker, obstetric nurse, and an advocate for women facing unexpected pregnancy. Brusie contributes regularly to several parenting sites, including Babble, Everyday Family, and SheKnows. Her work has also been featured in national publications such as Parents, American Baby, and Pregnancy and Newborn.

Brusie began working in the pro-life movement long before experiencing her own unexpected pregnancy during her senior year of college, but from the moment those two tiny blue lines appeared for her, she realized that things look a little different on the other side. After discovering a starling lack of resources and support for student parents at her own campus and realizing that the majority of abortions occur in college-aged women, Brusie worked to equip her campus to better support mothers and student parents.

She went on not only to change her campus and help other student mothers, but also to graduate on time—with honors—exactly one week before delivering her first daughter, Ada Marie. Since that time, Brusie has dedicated herself to advocating for young mothers through her blog and speaking. Her work has been featured on Catholic TV and The Boston Pilot, among others.

As a speaker with Feminists for Life of America, Brusie shared her message at schools and institutions across the nation, including on Capitol Hill. She received the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses Scholarship in 2008 and her website, Tiny Blue Lines, was a Babble Top 25 Bloggers’ Pick for Pregnancy blogs in 2013.

Brusie and her husband have three children, are expecting their fourth, and live in southern Michigan.

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