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.”
As an organization that serves the greater St. Charles community, Birthright is always grateful for opportunities to meet people within the community to share what we do and how their support can make an impact in the lives of those we serve.
These connections happen in a variety of ways, from participating in organizational fairs to presenting to various groups about our mission. During our time doing community outreach, we have found that many people are often surprised to learn the scope of our history and services.
Going away to college for the first time is an exciting venture which, for many, marks the beginning of a new chapter of their lives. While thrilling, it can also be a bit overwhelming to ‘move away’ and truly be on your own for what may be the first time.
Life is full of changes. From the very moment we come into existence, we are thrown into a forward motion of continual development and change. While some people seek change and are riveted by it, others find that dealing with transition can induce great amounts of stress.
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.
Content contribution from Terry Blanton, LCSW
A Personal Journey
I’ll never forget the day I took my first newborn son home from the hospital. There was a flurry of fear mixed in with joy as I changed him into his ‘going home’ outfit and strapped him safely into his pumpkin seat, all while my discharge nurse echoed off directives for our first night away from the care of the hospital. I felt a strange pit form in my stomach as she left me with the final statement “Now, you’ll be emotional. You’ll probably shed some tears- but if you find yourself not wanting to get out of bed, that’s when you know something is wrong.”
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.
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.
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: