As I sit here at my desk I am thinking about what resource pregnancy centers are all about. This is a much different place than what I initially thought before I started working here. I don’t believe the general public, for the most part, really knows what we do here. I feel there are many misperceptions out there. Certainly this isn’t anyone’s fault. It just is what it is. So, my goal is to help educate our community on what we really do.
As everyone pretty much knows we take care of women of all ages who are facing an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy. What everyone does not know is that we are here for all women. This includes women with insurance & financial means as well as those with no insurance or financial support. We feel we have something to offer all pregnant women. All our services at Turning Point are free. Besides doing a pregnancy test and a limited obstetrical ultrasound we network with other agencies in town who may also be able to help. This may include Public Health, Climb, Community Resource Center, and the Latino Resource Center as well as others. We do not offer pre-natal care but are happy to help you find a physician if you do not have one. We feel the earlier you can see your OB doctor the better it is for you and the baby. Seeing your physician at 7 or 8 weeks is much better than having your 1st OB visit at 20 weeks.
One of the things we do that I feel is very beneficial for parents is the parenting classes. These classes not only teach what to expect with all the stages of pregnancy, they also teach parenting skills up to 12 years of age. These classes include life skills, such as budgeting, how to apply for a job or find an apartment. These classes are well done and are very current and relevant. We have volunteers who are trained to teach these classes. You earn mommy money and daddy dollars when you attend and with the money earned you are able to buy baby clothes, maternity clothes and baby equipment. We teach these classes in English and Spanish and are able to do them when it fits your schedule. I would love to see more young people attend these classes. I know I certainly could have benefited when my children were young.
We’ve noticed that dads often come in with moms. We are in the process of developing “fatherhood initiatives”. We believe dads can use our support as much as moms. We also know that when dads are involved things go better for the baby. We want and we need healthy families. It is our hope to be able to help, not just the mom, but the dad and baby as well.
Another misperception is this –“are you the agency that forces people not to have abortions?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this. Do we want women to have abortions? No, we don’t. Do we force them not to? Of course not. We are here to educate on all the options of pregnancy; parenting, adoption and abortion. Yes, we are a faith based organization but we are here to support women in whatever decision they make.
This past winter we taught “Relationship Education” in some of the schools as well as for youth groups in town. We feel that our young people need all the help & support they can get in order to make good decisions. We would much rather help on the front end with education rather than when they find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy at a young age.
I would invite you to stop in anytime to see our center. Our address is 250 East Broadway. We are open all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10am to 2pm on Mondays.
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