Dyna Zehnder

Dyna Zehnder reaches out to moms during their pregnancy and shares resources and education about their pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum period.

Dyna Zehnder always wanted twins.

While performing an ultrasound as a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood in November 2020, what she saw rocked her world.

“In the state of Kentucky, a woman has to have an ultrasound done prior to the abortion. This is what Planned Parenthood was training us to do,” said Zehnder, 52. “One day, I went in to do a regular ultrasound on a girl who wanted an abortion. And when I did, she had twins in her belly. It just broke my heart.”

Prior to this pivotal moment, Zehnder was a nurse for 10 years before earning a nurse practitioner degree at Bellarmine University. After graduating, she couldn’t find a job in that field.

Through a mutual friend, she met someone who worked at Planned Parenthood and was asked to check out the facility.

“She said, ‘This would be a great way to keep your skills fresh while you’re still looking for a job,’” Zehnder added.

Zehnder, a longtime Southeast Christian Church member who attends the Shelby County Campus, felt that “God wanted her” to work there due to the present circumstances, and she was hired in early 2019.

“They had this abortion component, but because we didn’t do abortions in the state of Kentucky under the governorship of Matt Bevin at the time, I was sort of safe,” she said. “When we had a new administration come on shortly after I started working there and—to the day he took office—the president of Planned Parenthood from Seattle, Washington, was in our office in Louisville and said, ‘Are you guys ready to go?’”

Zehnder continued to work because “it was her job and she loved her patients,” but shortly after starting to perform ultrasounds, she realized it was getting harder to stay at her job.

“I really wanted to still work in the facility … through my time there, I found breast cancer in a 23-year-old lady and there was so much good work that I did there,” Zehnder said.

After much prayer, Zehnder walked into her boss’s office and gave her notice.

“I told them, ‘Today I’m going to take a stand for Jesus and I will not be involved in care anymore.’ I told them I would counsel people if they had questions about abortion, but I wouldn’t have anything to do with the abortion itself,” Zehnder added. “I never looked back on that decision. That was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Where I stood up for my faith in a place where I knew it wouldn’t be received well.”

Zehnder now is creating a program called Motherhood Connection for Baptist Health, where she reaches out to moms during their pregnancy and shares resources or education about their pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum period.

“It’s been just so amazing to see what God is doing and seeing how He is working through my role here,” she said. “The story isn’t about me. It’s about the God that I serve and how much I love Him. His faithfulness to me and that … He would take care of me in every and any situation.”