I was glad to see Providing care to pregnant women in the Houston Chronicle, which was co-written by the director of the Pregnancy Resource Center where I’m a board member. These centers save lives today and for eternity. Be sure you know the contact information for your local center so you can send people there. It is a matter of when, not if, you’ll know of someone in a crisis pregnancy.
Here are a few things they provide:
1 Ultrasounds, one of the free medical services, allow a woman to hear the heartbeat and see the baby while a nurse walks her through the stages of fetal development. Additionally, ultrasounds indicate the viability of a pregnancy, and the fetal age, which is critical information for a woman who is contemplating her options. PACN statistics indicate that 72 percent of clients seriously considering abortion choose life for their children after an ultrasound.
1 Relationship classes help teach couples about how to deal effectively and safely with anger and use healthy communication skills. For men and women who are victims of past physical or mental abuse, these courses can provide the foundation for functional, healthy relationships and decrease the likelihood of family violence. A report issued by the Texas Council of Family Violence found that in 2009, 196,713 family violence incidents occurred, and 111 women were killed. More than 70 percent of Texans say they have been a victim of domestic violence, or have a family member or friend who has been abused.
1 Childbirth and infant care classes help moms and dads know what to expect during the labor and delivery process – and how to care for themselves and their babies afterward. And many centers offer self-paced education programs where clients can learn about parenting techniques, child and adult health, child safety and the warning signs of postpartum depression. Some centers can assist each month with diapers, formula and baby food – and even with baby furniture items.