Who doesn’t need resources? Businesses need human resources, non-profits need financial resources, communities need natural resources, and each of us needs resources daily to
survive…a combination of many of the above list. When it comes to pregnancy, the resources needed include but are not limited to; pregnancy testing, monthly medical care, prenatal vitamins, formula, clothing, relaxation time, preparation time, baby items such as a car seat, a crib, season appropriate clothing…on and on it goes.
In serving pregnant women specifically, there are typically two types of organizations that can help most; a facility with resources, or material assistance and one with medical services. The material assistance can be secured in many communities in multiple locations. Churches sometimes have a store room with supplies of various things like meals and some clothing items. Organizations like Catholic Charities provide material assistance in immeasurable ways. Food pantries provide food items for these young families and many times end up having other material items available to young moms. When it comes to medical services for pregnant women… That’s another story that has unique needs.
Health care in America has come under much scrutiny in recent years. Insurance companies, providers of all types, and patients have all levels of experiences with the difficulties of getting plugged in to a system that will help each one. For those women in a community who are in need of finding out if they are pregnant or not, the first thing they need is a pregnancy test and second, confirmation of the pregnancy by way of an ultrasound. The pregnancy test provides verification of a positive test, and the ultrasound actually confirms the pregnancy. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, the reality is, even those two simple steps require a physician. The young woman can get a pregnancy test at the local bargain store, but she cannot confirm the pregnancy without a physician ordering the ultrasound. This simple need, confirmation of pregnancy, is what can get her plugged into the Medicaid system or our local Community Health Clinic or hospital based pregnancy care program. Who does such a service? A pregnancy care center or PCC, some refer to themselves as pregnancy care medical clinic or PMC, that’s who! The best part; their services are complimentary.
In Kennewick, and serving the surrounding area, Hope Medical is providing the free pregnancy tests and free ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy. We are looking forward to expanding our medical services and start providing the much needed education for young men and women to avoid unwanted pregnancies as well as STD/STIs. We have a doctor overlooking our medical clinic and our tests are accepted throughout the medical community. We show pregnant women the ultrasound image of the child in their womb. It has been reported that more than 70% of women considering abortion decide to carry their child after seeing the ultrasound image. (Most abortion providers refuse to show mothers the image.)
Most importantly, we have volunteers (mostly women), all from our Christian community, working in the clinic. This allows us to attend to our patient’s medical and spiritual needs as they face a pregnancy. In this way we stand as the last line of defense against abortion here in Kennewick, and have a unique opportunity to help young women spiritually.
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