A friend is someone you can laugh with, spend time with, make memories with, and also someone you can trust and whose support you probably value. To be considered someone’s friend is to have a special place in her life and to be part of her support system. One most important time this may be the case is if a friend comes to you to confide that she thinks she may be pregnant.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Spring is for new beginnings; a fresh start; a time for renewal. This is our goal for the moms we work with when they face an unintended pregnancy for the first time. Many encounter those initial “storms” of crisis, but, as Birthright provides hope, help and care to each mom’s specific circumstances and needs, they soon see their ability to weather the storm. They are ready to take on a new role; a new start; a new life.
If you think you’re pregnant, talking to someone over the phone can be difficult. You may not know what to say or how you feel. That’s why Birthright of St. Charles now offers text messaging.
Text Your Requests, Questions, & Concerns to a Friendly Ear
It’s becoming less common to pick up a phone and call, and we recognize that some women are more comfortable setting up an appointment for a free pregnancy test or to speak with a professional counselor over text message.