WATCH: Woman Reunites 13 Years Later With Nurse Who Talked Her Out Of Abandoning Her Newborn Baby

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 18, 2018   |   5:40PM   |   Washington, DC

A woman who considered abandoning her son as a scared teen mom reunited recently with the nurse who encouraged her to parent her little boy.

The Daily Mail reports Cherish Coates, 29, of Arizona, became pregnant with her son when she was just 15 years old. Though she “suspected something was wrong,” Coates said she did not tell her family that she may be pregnant. She was living in Rockford, Illinois at the time, according to the report.

One night in April, Coates said she felt sharp stomach pains and eventually an urge to push.

“About midnight, something was coming out of me,” she remembered. “Within minutes I had the urge to push, and I ended up delivering my son on the bedroom floor by myself. I didn’t know what to do at that point. I had never even held a baby before holding him.

“I called my boyfriend and told him, ‘I just delivered the baby,’ and he said, ‘I’m on my way over.’ I went over to my desk and got a pair of old metal scissors, and I cut the umbilical cord,” Coates said.

She said neither of them wanted to tell her grandparents, with whom she was living at the time. According to the report, the boyfriend asked Coates to consider dropping off their newborn son at a hospital and leaving him there.

All 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Save haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions.

Coates agreed.

“I found a shoe box, had it wrapped in some towels from around the house,” Coates said. “We wrote a note, we wanted him to be named Allen Cory, that we loved him so much and wanted him to have the best future possible.”

Her boyfriend took Allen to the hospital; but Coates said she showed up a few days later to visit him, and, while she was there, she met a compassionate nurse named Jeannie. Their conversations changed her life and Allen’s forever. 

“Jeannie talked to me like I was a parent and not just, like, a stupid teen,” she said. “I remember sitting there in a rocking chair with Allen against my chest, feeling so much love for him, thinking about ‘What am I going to do? Am I keeping him, or am I giving him up for adoption?’”

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Because of Jeannie, Coates said she decided to parent Allen herself. Now, 13 years later, she and Jeannie recently reunited on the TV show “The Doctors.”

“I’m so proud of you,” Jeannie told Coates when they met on the show. She also praised Coates as an “amazing mamma.”

“… she was an amazing teenager,” the nurse said. “I’ve never met a 15-year-old like her that was so brave and just amazing.”

In turn, Coates thanked Jeannie for her encouragement and support: “I feel so blessed to have even run into you. You really made an impact on my life.”

Coates made the brave decision to parent her son, but safe havens are available for women and girls who cannot.

These laws save newborns from abandonment and their mothers from desperation. Between 2004 and 2011, about 50 infants in Texas were surrendered under its safe haven law, according to the Dallas Morning News. National statistics are not kept about the number of babies saved through safe haven laws, though experts estimate the number to be in the thousands.

If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or go to