Each and every client who walks through the doors of Birthright St. Charles is met with the opportunity to access completely free and confidential services, including professional counseling provided by one of our masters-level, licensed counselors. Each of our counselors are professionally trained to assist clients by honestly and compassionately walking alongside them in their decision process and working to meet whatever needs they may be facing today. As March is Women’s History Month, we are honored to be able to spotlight these four women who continue to make history in our community through their empathy and dedication to those in need.
March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate and remember the countless women who have inspired, lead and catalyzed positive change in the history of humanity. Women are powerful individuals but can be even stronger when united together with passion for a common cause.
I recently came across the story of one unsung hero who perfectly exemplifies the strength of femininity, both as an individual and in the way she rallied other women together to create a network of talent who would save hundreds of lives. Hers is a story which has inspired and stuck with me in particular in relation to my work at Birthright.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “consent” as a verb meaning “to give approval”. In the state of Missouri, as with all states in the United States, there is an “age of consent” that is the age at which the state has determined that someone can legally consent to participate in sexual activity. In Missouri, the ‘age of consent’ is 17. That means if you are under the age of 17, you cannot give your consent to engage in a sexual activity, even if you agree to it.
As human beings, we all long for companionship and support, but what we sometimes forget is the work that goes into building strong and healthy relationships.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked some of these incredible women who make our work possible through their generous hearts to share their best love advice on what have made their marriages and relationships not only last, but thrive over the years.
Regardless of whether they have been married for 2 years or 50, here’s what our wonderful volunteers and staff had to say:
‘Diversity’ is a term that is as important as it is prevalent in our society today. One of the most beautiful attributes of humanity is the variety in which it is presented—people of all colors, shapes, sizes, backgrounds and world views walk this planet, creating as they do a tapestry only emboldened by the differences displayed.
At Birthright, we are blessed to be able to serve women from of all ethnic backgrounds regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status. In doing so, we have learned first-hand that diversity is a thing of beauty and value.
When a woman learns she is facing a crisis or unplanned pregnancy, one of the first questions she may find herself facing is “Where can I turn for help?” In Missouri alone, there are hundreds of resources available, from financial assistance to maternity shelters to pregnancy resource centers such as Birthright. Deciding which resources is the ‘right fit’ for her can understandably be an overwhelming decision.
Below are some criteria to take into consideration when choosing a Pregnancy Resource Center, as well as the ways that Birthright St. Charles works to meet these base standards of care for each of the women that we serve:
For the team at Birthright St. Charles, 2017 has been a year filled to the brim with joy, change, and growth.
We are so blessed and proud to have served over 600 women in the greater St. Charles area this past year, including providing over $70,000 in direct financial assistance and gifting more than 130 care packages to new and expectant mothers. Our incredible team of volunteers, the true lifeblood of our organization, have put in a collective of more than 5,000 volunteer hours to help make all of this and more possible.
The holidays can be a magical time of year filled with festivities, friends and my personal favorite, delicious food! At the same time, there are many people who feel their stress levels rise during the holidays. In fact, a survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that in the United States, people are more likely to feel an increase in stress rather than a decrease during the holidays.
I found out I was pregnant the second semester of my freshmen year of college. It was early spring, and I knew I would have my baby during the fall semester, sometime in November. For the first several weeks of my pregnancy, I was not able to think long term. I could only focus on the present, how I felt I would have to quit everything in my life, and how many times I was throwing up. I began to miss almost all of my morning classes. I was a good student, with good intentions to go to class, but I would wake up and feel nauseous, sometimes even throwing up and having to go back to bed.
Our Blessing, Our Grace
A few months after we married, Andy and I learned that our prayers for our family had been answered. I was pregnant and we were ecstatic. Aside from some afternoon fatigue, my pregnancy seemed to be going smoothly until our 12-week anatomy scan. We watched as our daughter stretched her arms and kicked her legs, showing us how much she had grown. The sonographer began taking measurements of Grace’s head, then stopped and said a doctor would be in to confirm what she was seeing. I think she had already seen that our baby was going to die.