There is a lot of misinformation about Pregnancy Resource Centers and what they actually provide. Pregnancy Resource Centers are known by a variety of names. The most common are Pregnancy Resource Center, Pregnancy Help Center, Pregnancy Care Center, and once upon a time, “crisis pregnancy center”. For this article, we will refer to them as PCCs, which is what we are! We operate with a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, and/or behavioral health services. Such clinics are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)3 organization. Most Pregnancy Care Centers/Care Clinics are affiliated with a national organization such as Care Net, Heartbeat International, and/or NIFLA. Here at the Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County we are affiliated with all three.
Pregnancy care centers do not perform or refer for an abortion. We are a safe place for young women to come get a pregnancy test and an ultrasound that is free and confidential. We also provide education for them regarding whatever decision they plan to make. Whether young women are coming with the plan to carry their baby and parent, choose adoption, or wanting to abort their baby, we take time to listen and understand their situation and their needs. We have a wide variety of support services from our community that we help get young women connected to. We provide free prenatal gummy vitamins to get them started and we have referrals for local OB offices. We hope to establish a relationship and come alongside them as they begin their pregnancy journey. In doing this, we love to get our patients connected with parenting classes before they leave our office. We also provide STI testing and treatment for women. We typically have a two-day turnaround with results and then can treat them and provide education at their follow-up appointment.
Most free Pregnancy Care Centers/Clinics including ours provide a buffet of services similar to the following:
Limited OB Ultrasounds
STD/STI Consults (testing and treatment)
Sexual Health Consults
Post Abortion Healing support
As stated by our affiliate Care Net: “Care Net pregnancy centers exist to equip and empower women to make life-affirming decisions in response to an unplanned pregnancy. The goal is to build a culture where women and men receive all the support they need to welcome their children and create their own success stories. At Care Net affiliated centers you can trust that you’ll only receive accurate information and confidential services. Clients are able to obtain these services without charge at almost every center. In 2018, Care Net affiliates provided clients with more than $62 million of free services.
You can read through the standards of care outlined in Care Net’s Commitment of Care and Competence, making them a safe, non-judgmental place to explore pregnancy options. With more than 1,100 affiliates across North America, we’ve served more than 2.8 million clients like you and 97% of those surveyed said they had a positive experience at the center. Affiliated pregnancy centers do not discriminate based on age, race, nationality, religious affiliation, disability or any arbitrary circumstances. – Care Net
Why Choose Us?
Our medical team consists of a licensed Medical Director, Nurse Manager, registered nurses, and licensed ultrasound technicians to ensure the highest standard of care. Additionally, we have a trained staff of paid and volunteer personnel, who meet with our clients individually to help meet their specific needs, whether it’s one-on-one peer counseling, sexual health education, referrals, or free prenatal and parenting classes for women and their partners which also gives them access to our beautiful baby boutique! Some of our clients have said:
“I was nervous and scared and I left feeling comforted.”
“I love how comfortable the staff made me feel.”
“It was a warm, welcoming, and calming atmosphere.”
“I was treated kindly and with compassion.”
“I loved how gentle and kind everyone was.”
“I love coming here.”
Because all services are confidential and at no cost to our clients, we are a great first step in your pregnancy decision making process and we will continue to support you along the way!