Last week, Birthright of St. Charles participated in the 20th Annual Community Service Summit held every year at Calvary Church Mid Rivers. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for service providers and community members to come together for the purpose of networking and education in order to “build a stronger, healthier, more compassionate community.”
At Birthright of St. Charles, we support our clients in a number of ways from providing free, medically approved pregnancy testing to assisting with the many practical needs that come along with pregnancy. One such service which we are blessed to offer is a form of home-based support, also known as Field Service.
Field Service provides our clients with the unique opportunity to experience ongoing support within the comfort of their own homes or a public location convenient to them.
At Birthright of St. Charles, one of our top priorities in the care that we provide is ensuring the confidentiality of our clients. One common definition of confidential is “having another’s trust”.
To the staff and volunteer staff of Birthright, nothing could be more important than providing our clients with care that makes them feel validated, comfortable, and trusting of our ability and willingness to help and care for them while keeping their confidence and privacy safe.
I vividly remember the first time (and the second and third) that someone I cared about confided in me that she had been the victim of sexual abuse. I felt heartbroken over the pain she had experienced. I felt angry on her behalf. And perhaps most of all, I felt frustrated by my own lack of knowing what to say in response or how to best support her.
The sad reality is that in a day and age where 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime, there is a likely chance that we may encounter someone in our family or circle of friends struggling beneath this (more than likely) silent weight.
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.
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.
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.
Life is full of experiences that provide great opportunities for growth and change, but sometimes they are difficult or confusing. We start to question the next step to take or wonder if we’re handling the opportunities and change in the best way possible.
Though therapy has sometimes been stigmatized in various ways and by certain segments of our society, the truth is that therapy can play a key role in helping you addresses concerns, process what life has dealt you, or determine how you want to grow.
If you happen to notice any women and men sporting large amounts of teal at any point this September, it’s likely because they are participating in the effort to bring attention to the prevalence of ovarian cancer during the month dedicated to awareness of this “silent killer”.
Of the several different types of gynecologic cancers that affect women, ovarian cancer is considered among the deadliest. As noted by SLOCA (St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness), “nearly 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease annually” and “nearly 15,000 women will die of it” each year.