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Parenting 101

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Parenting 101

As you make your decision about how to proceed with an unplanned pregnancy, some of the thoughts going through your mind may be:  I’m not ready to be a Mom!! Or,  What do I know about taking care of a baby?!  These are common concerns for many expectant women.  Thankfully, this is another area where ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s can help! ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s trained client advocates are here to meet with you weekly, at a time convenient for you, to help you navigate a healthy pregnancy and prepare for parenthood.  As with all of ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s services, these 60 minute appointments are free and confidential.  During your time with a client advocate, you will view up-to-date programming about pregnancy, labor and delivery and/or parenting.  Some of the pregnancy topics offered include: what to expect during each of the trimesters; eating for two; your developing baby; and comfort techniques for labor and delivery.  Parenting classes cover subjects such as:  infant hygiene; bonding with your newborn; infant nutrition; and learning through play.  Most programs also include information that you can take home to further your pregnancy and parenting knowledge.  In addition to watching a video, your appointment will allow plenty of time to ask questions and discuss whatever’s on your mind with your client advocate.  While the programming can make a big difference in helping you feel more confident in your parenting skills, most clients also appreciate just having access to an experienced and empathetic listening ear to talk over their questions and concerns. Because we know your time is valuable and your resources may be limited, every time you come to ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center for a parenting class you will earn 25 points that you can use to “purchase” items from our baby boutique. Each 25 points you earn entitles you to choose 3 items from the boutique, or you can save your points for a gift certificate to purchase larger items such as cribs or strollers. The boutique offers a large selection of new baby clothing, blankets, diapers and other needed supplies. Those clients who have come consistently to parenting classes will also receive a free pack of diapers,  a free baby layette after their child is born.  And, the good news is, you can continue to come to ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center for weekly classes for a year or more after your child is born, gaining more knowledge on such topics as understanding newborns; your baby can sleep; and first year milestones. As your child grows, your points at the baby boutique will continue to accumulate. Embarking on the journey of pregnancy and parenthood can seem daunting. But resources are available and ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center is here to come alongside you and help you to take good care of yourself and your baby.  Call today and make an appointment or visit the schedule a visit page and choose a time that’s best for...

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What is Emergency Contraception

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What is Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception   What is it? Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or contraception failure has occurred. There are three types of emergency contraception: Plan B One-Step®, Ella®, and ParaGard (copper IUD). Your body and health are important, so take time to make an informed decision for you. How does emergency contraception work? Plan B One-Step® contains a high dose of lovonorgestrel. This is a hormone typically found in hormonal birth control pills though at much lower doses. It works by stopping ovulation, preventing fertilization (when the sperm meets the egg), and implantation (attachment to the endometrium). Ella® is a prescription medication which contains ulipristal. This inhibits or delays ovulation and can alter the endometrium (lining of the uterus) which effects implantation. ParaGard contains copper which is toxic to sperm and the ovum (egg). When ParaGard is inserted before ovulation it prevents fertilization and when inserted after ovulation it prevents implantation. ParaGard is a prescription and must be inserted and removed by a doctor. What is ovulation? Ovulation is when a mature egg (oocyte) is released from one ovary. A study, published in the National Library of Medicine, showed that most women ovulate on day 12-13 of their period cycle and are considered fertile. Sperm can live in a woman’s body for 2-5 days after intercourse. An egg lives for about 4-12 hours and will only continue to live and grow if fertilized by a sperm. A fertile window is determined when sperm can reach the egg which can only occur during ovulation. You can determine when ovulation occurs based on cervical mucous discharge. Why is ovulation important? These forms of emergency contraception will only work if taken when you are ovulating. Taking emergency contraception when you are not ovulating needlessly exposes you to the high dose of hormones and cost. Is emergency contraception effective? One study conducted by Plan B One-Step® found that 84% of pregnancies were prevented. Drug marketers claim that 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant did not. These numbers is based on the estimation of ovulation might have occurred and not actual pregnancies. Is emergency contraception considered an abortion? It depends on how you define the start of life. Some believe that pregnancy begins when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus wall. The scientific reality is that at contraception (when a sperm meets an egg) growth and many life defining qualities are determined in that moment like gender, eye and hair color. Both Plan B One-Step®, Ella®, and ParaGard may prevent the newly formed life to implant in the endometrium (uterine wall) which many consider this an early form of abortion because the start of life begins at contraception. Ella® is considered a category X drug which means it is contraindicated to be used in pregnancy. During lab testing Ella® caused abortions to animals, including rats, rabbits, and monkeys, in their first trimester when exposed to different doses. This could carry the same potential outcome for humans. Are there side effects to emergency contraception? Plan B One-Step® can cause: nausea, cramping, headache, dizziness, vomiting, and period changes. Plan B One-Step® has multiple drug interactions. If you have a missed period greater than one week make an appointment for a pregnancy test. Plan B One-Step®...

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How Soon Can You Tell You’re Pregnant?

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How Soon Can You Tell You’re Pregnant?

Think you may be pregnant? If yes, then likely you’re looking for every little symptom to confirm your suspicions. The important thing is, don’t panic! Adding stress to the mix can affect the way your body functions, making it seem like you’re pregnant when you actually aren’t.   One of the first steps to figuring out whether you are pregnant is to learn how pregnancy works, from implantation and conception to common pregnancy symptoms. Then, you’ll want to know how early you can take a pregnancy test and what happens next if you find out you’re pregnant. Listed below you can find some helpful information to guide you through the process of confirming a pregnancy.   How Conception and Implantation Works The process of conception is the fertilization of an egg, or where the sperm meets the egg in your uterus. The fertilization turns the egg into an embryo that will continue to develop into a fetus as the pregnancy continues. Conception can only occur after ovulation. Ovulation is on average a 24-hour cycle of the egg being released. Sperm can live in the woman’s body for 3-5 days. If sperm is present during the time of ovulation, then conception can occur. If you are not currently ovulating, then conception cannot occur.   After fertilization, the process of implantation occurs, where the embryo actually attaches to the uterus, which is needed for further development. During this stage, women are likely to experience symptoms similar to periods, including cramping and light bleeding. Because of this, it is often confused as a period. Common Symptoms of Pregnancy While the symptoms listed below are all signs of early pregnancy, it’s important to consider your menstrual cycle, as well as current events and possible stressors in your life. Many of these symptoms may stem from something other than pregnancy. In addition, the possibility of being stressed or anxious about pregnancy can cause you to have these symptoms, even if you are not pregnant. Spotting or light bleeding. If you are pregnant, this is likely due to implantation. Missed period. The most common sign of pregnancy, but it’s also possible to still get your period in the early stages of pregnancy. Frequent urination. This is due to an increase in blood supply during pregnancy. Swollen breasts. Headaches. Fatigue. This can be because of increased hormones in your body after conception. Nausea. Similar to fatigue, increased hormones also heighten your senses, like increased sensitivity to smell. When Can I Take A Pregnancy Test? Before taking a test, it’s extremely important to wait until you’ve missed your period. First, this eliminates the possibility that the symptoms you may be experiencing are from something else. Second, urine pregnancy tests are most effective after a missed period. Urine pregnancy tests identify the pregnancy hormone hCG that is present after conception, so the more time after your missed period you give yourself to take the test, the more accurate it will be.   While at-home pregnancy tests can be accurate, it is still possible you can receive a false-negative, meaning that the test appears negative even if you are pregnant. While false-negatives are rare, this usually occurs because the pregnancy is still in the early stages, resulting in not a high enough level of hormones to be detected on...

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What is the Abortion Pill?

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What is the Abortion Pill?

What is the abortion pill? What does it do? How much does it cost? These are all questions you might be asking yourself if you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. If you are pregnant and aren’t sure what to do next, it’s totally normal. Truth is, even women who do want children experience second thoughts and anxiety when facing an unplanned pregnancy. The most important thing is to be fully educated and knowledgeable of the abortion pill, and all your options, and how your ultimate decision will affect your life.     What is the abortion pill? Because they’re both pills, the abortion pill is often confused with Plan B. Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, is very different than the abortion pill, which is an actual abortion procedure. The main difference in the two is where the pills are received and how far along in pregnancy you can take them. Plan B is available over-the-counter and is taken immediately after intercourse, up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The abortion pill, also known as RU-486 and Mifeprex, must be administered by a medical professional and can be taken up to 10 weeks after intercourse, but is more successful the earlier its taken.   How does the abortion pill work? The abortion pill is a two-step process. A medical professional administers the first pill and the second pill is taken on your own at home, up to 48 hours later. The first pill stops your body from producing a hormone that is needed to further develop the fetus, while the second works to remove the tissue and empty the uterus, having the same effects on your body as a miscarriage. There is no set amount of time on how long it will take to start to empty the uterus after taking the second pill. You will likely experience severe cramping and bleeding during this process.   Am I eligible for the abortion pill? The abortion pill is 98 percent effective if taken in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, but can be taken up to 10 weeks after conception. In the event the procedure fails and is not successful, a surgical abortion will be required. To determine how far along you are, schedule a no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasound with a pregnancy care center, like ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center.   After passing the eligibility period for the abortion pill, it’s important to consider state laws for other procedures. In the state of Maine, aside from health-related exceptions, it is illegal to have an abortion if the fetus is viable, meaning that it could successfully live outside the womb. Fetuses are usually viable around the end of the second trimester, sometimes third trimester. In addition, women under the age of 18 require parental, guardian or an adult family member’s consent before receiving the procedure.   Cost of the abortion in Portland, ME varies depending on the type of insurance you have and how far along you are. For more information about the abortion pill cost, schedule an appointment.   What are the complications of the abortion pill? One of the biggest complications and potential harm to your health is not following up with a doctor after the procedure. Many women who experience severe and life-threatening side effects because of the...

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Finding a Home

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Finding a Home

In One Client’s Own Words “I don’t think Thank You is enough” I would like to start off by thanking each and every one of you for keeping ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center alive and thriving. ABBA has been a place of comfort, support, and a help in guiding me on my journey to an amazing life… your generosity has helped me and so many other women!   When I first heard about ABBA I was pregnant, with no place to call home. I was scared because I felt hopeless…how can I bring my child into a world when I had nothing or how was I going to be a good parent, would my relationship last? All these thoughts ran through my head and scared me. But ABBA, the women at ABBA, opened their arms, took the time and effort to teach me in things I really didn’t know or understand completely… how to be a good parent, techniques on how to take care of my child properly and how to have a great relationship with my partner so my child could grow up in a stable environment with two parents not just one.   ABBA has also helped me in understanding Christ better. There’s so much more than I was told or taught and when I came to ABBA they gave me the choice. DO I want to learn more about our Savior? The best part about ABBA is they never forced anything on me they let the decision lay in my hands but gave me options and choices which made it a lot easier.   Today I have my home, which is my family, I have a wonderful partner who has also been there for me, we have a wonderful son that God has blessed us with and thanks to all your support I have taken all the tools given to me by ABBA and applied them to my life and I couldn’t be happier! I’m a great mother thanks in part to the work of ABBA!   I don’t think thank you is enough but it’s all I have “Thank you so much!”   More about ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center: Read another client testimony here: Single Moms Visit us on Facebook: ABBA Pregnancy...

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Single Moms

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Single Moms

To all the single moms, whether you’re expecting your first, or have multiple children. Whether your spouse passed away, or you’re divorced, or you’ve never been married. God wants you to hear this message. I have never been married and I was single when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I had so many questions about what he would do without a dad. I had hoped and prayed that my sons dad would come back into his life someday. I had also hoped and prayed that he wouldn’t. I suffered through many sleepless nights when I was pregnant just wondering what would happen with my son’s and my future. “Would he ever know his real dad? Would I find a man who wasn’t his biological father but could be a father figure to him?” These are the thoughts I went over and over in my mind, night after sleepless night. I asked so many people who had been through What I had been through to share their stories with me. I heard stories of reconciliation where the parents of the child got back together and became a family. I heard stories where the Biological father of the child never came around but the child had a step-father who he called daddy. And I would also hear stories where the child had two fathers. His biological father and his step-father, and the child was loved by both. Each time I heard one of these stories, I would think “that could be me”. I would create the same exact scenario in my head and implant my son and myself into it. I compared myself to everyone else’s stories constantly. I wasn’t happy. I felt like I had to know my future and it killed me that I couldn’t. As time went on, my pregnancy progressed and I gave birth to my son. He is now 8 months old and it’s taken me a long time to realize what I wish I had always known back then. Your story is not someone else’s. It’s unique. And God is writing it just for you. As I grew and matured in motherhood, I also grew and matured in my relationship with Christ. He helped me realize that it wasn’t the unknown that was making me so unhappy, but the comparison of other people. He showed me that my story is special. It’s going to happen in His timing (and His timing is perfect). So my message to you, single mothers is this: Don’t compare yourself to other people. God is working ALL things together for your good (Romans 8:28). I was never content in my singleness until I realized that God’s will for my life would be accomplished whether I worried or not. So I’m leaving it in His hands. I trust Him. He knows what is truly best for my son and me and that’s enough. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 —...

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Pro-Woman

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Pro-Woman

Recently I went on a business trip to California with my husband. I thought it would be a great time to get away and soak in some California sun vs. Maine sun! We went to the usual conferences and dinners. Interestingly enough there was opportunity to share about ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center even at these events. People would ask what I did for work and I explained I was a Registered Nurse.  And of course the next question was what kind of nursing do you do? I love this question. It allows me to really share ABBA and our love for people. It always surprise me how interested people are to hear about ABBA.  As an RN and working in the women’s health field it is so much more common to hear people talk about women’s rights, and how abortion options flow freely from physicians’ mouths to patient ears. Sometimes during these opportunities I find myself holding my breath waiting for the negative comments to start but typically I find the interest to be welcoming and curious. I explain that ABBA is a non-profit Christian organization offering free services. Our medical clinic offers FREE pregnancy testing, FREE limited STI testing, FREE limited obstetrical ultrasounds (all performed by our licensed and trained RN’s), options counseling and abortion information. Our support services offered include our Teen Parenting programs, Parenting courses, Pre-Natal courses and education,  Abortion Recovery program, Sexual Integrity programs, to name a few! We offer referrals and resources (including adoption referrals and info) for a variety of organizations in our area that help with many challenges of pregnancy and parenting. I like to call what I do Pro-woman. What is Pro-woman? It is shutting out the voices of the world. This includes friends, family, co-workers and sitting down and having a one-on-one conversation with a woman who is struggling. Discussing the now:  work, stresses, stressors, support, living situations, financial pressures, church, spiritual life, nutrition and much more. Discussing all three options of a pregnant woman:  parenting, adoption, and abortion. It is making a pros and cons list and discussing consequences of all decisions. It is giving ALL the information. It is crying, laughing, hugging, praying, celebrating and mourning together. Pro-woman is throwing out all my judgments and expectations and walking into this clinic praying that God’s love will shine through me and his words will be heard. It is sharing hope to hopeless women who may have had one or more abortions and are struggling inside. That desperate need to lean on someone to share this burden and not feel condemned but to know there is compassion.  It is the intimate moment of holding hands with another woman in deep sorrow and praying to a God who cares. Praying not just for her decision with her pregnancy, but for ALL of her- her family, job, faith and courage. We know that there is so much more going on than this one decision this one moment. If you want to know more about us or need an appointment for any of the services we offer, please call us at 207-253-5555 or text us at 207-200-5746 or check out our website.  ABBA is open Monday-Thursday, 10am to 4pm.  We faithfully commit to being a loving, safe place that will always be...

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Client Christmas Party

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Client Christmas Party

Thank you to all the mothers and families who came to our Client Christmas Party this year. We had such a great turn out and were blessed to be able to honor our moms and their children, old and young! For those of you who missed it, we had games for the kids, pictures with Santa, festive food, fun, and gifts for the moms and their children! Many of our client advocates were here as well with their children. We are already looking forward to next year’s party! If you or anyone you know is pregnant or has children under 2 years old and is interested in some extra help with pregnancy options or parenting skills give us a call at 207-253-5555 or text us at 207-200-5746. We would love the chance to meet with you, help you, and have you be a part of our ABBA community!             ...

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The Joy of Christmas

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The Joy of Christmas

Christmas is the time of year when most of us think about holidays, shopping, snow, decorations and all the joyful anticipation that Christmas and thoughts of a New Year brings.  But maybe this season you are worried and scared about what your New Year may bring…  We are here for you. More than 2000 years ago, there was another young mother in the Middle East who also found herself in a similar situation.  She was pregnant…not by the man she was engaged to…scared…what would her family and community  think…would her fiancé stay with her…worried with fears of the future…could she handle the responsibility…was she ready for this responsibility?  What if she had had a place to go where she would be loved, respected for her decisions and choices, offered community support, given support in the early days of pregnancy and motherhood?  Would her fears have been soothed? We want to be that bridge of support for you during a time that can be confusing and full of anxiety. If you are that woman…please call us or text us.  We are waiting to hear from you.  We exist to serve you during this time. That woman 2000 years ago, despite all the challenges she faced, carried that little one and birthed a miracle…a child that was the Savior of the World!  Who might your little one become…? We are here for you. #pregnant  #pregnancyhelp  #pregnantandscared  #ultrasounds ...

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Our Clinic Days Are Expanding

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Our Clinic Days Are Expanding

Exciting changes are happening here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center starting the second week of November.  Our clinic days are EXPANDING.   As of October 1st, we have welcomed a second nurse to our staff, Pollyanna Nickerson.  Pollyanna has just completed her nurse sonographer training and is now seeing clients and offering full clinic services on Tuesdays (pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and limited STI testing).  We are so excited to be able to offer you with more days and hours to choose from to meet your needs.  Our clinic will be open for appointments from 10am to 4pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.  Spread the word! To book an appointment, Click Here #ultrasounds  #abba   #pregnancyhelp  #ultrasounds  #pregnant  #pregnancyresourcecenter...

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