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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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Thinking You Might Be Pregnant?

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Thinking You Might Be Pregnant?

Thinking you might be pregnant?  You’ve come to the right place. Common symptoms of pregnancy include a late or missed period, tender or swollen breasts, frequent urination, fatigue, and nausea.   A woman might miss her period for many reasons, a change in diet, exercise, or stress, all can cause a late period.  Sometimes, women have late periods for reasons they’re never able to trace. The first step to take to see if you might be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  We can provide a test for you if you haven’t already taken one at home.  If your test is positive the next step is to have an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable and how far along you are.  We offer free ultrasounds to determine viability and gestational age.  An ultrasound is also the only way to determine if you have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a life threatening emergency that requires immediate medical intervention.  We can give you answers. There are bound to be a lot of thoughts swirling around your head.  Those thoughts might change from moment to moment…excitement…anxiety…happiness…anger…  How you are feeling is completely normal and it may change over and over. What is Emergency Contraception? Do I want an abortion? Is parenting right for me? Adoption? Do I have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)? Making a decision might feel impossible at this moment but we are here to help you sort through those thoughts and decisions, to help you figure out what is best for you.  Call us at 207.253.5555 for an appointment.  You are why we are here. #pregnancyresourcecenter  #pregnancyhelp  #ultrasound  #unplannedpregnancy  #abba  #abbaportland  #earnwhileyoulearn  #sti  #freeservices ...

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Pregnancy and Parenting Programs

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Pregnancy and Parenting Programs

In addition to our medical services we also offer many programs to support a mom’s choice to parent. Just by taking part in birthing and parenting classes that help you develop or improve your parenting skills, you can earn items to help take care of your little one.  Our biggest program that mom’s get involved in is called the Earn While You Learn.  Our EWYL program is a free program that is designed to educate and support moms and moms-to-be (fathers and fathers-to-be are also welcome to attend). Client Mentors/Advocates provide up-to-date instruction in a safe and comfortable setting.  For attending class and completing interactive assignments, you can earn points to spend in our Mom’s Boutique.  Our Boutique has items such as infant and toddler clothing, blankets, bottles, diapers, wipes, bath products as well as some books on pregnancy and parenting, and so much more.  You may also “save” your points to earn larger items such as a stroller, crib or car seat. Some of the many topics that are covered in our programs include: Prenatal Nutrition Your Developing Baby Getting Ready for Baby Bonding with your Baby Newborn care First Aid and safety Safe and Healthy Environment Happiest Baby on the Block Ask yourself these questions to see if our Earn While You Learn program might be right for you… Are you pregnant or parenting a child who is 24 months or younger? Would you like to learn hands-on skills to enhance your parenting knowledge and skills? Do you want to develop a parenting philosophy to guide you through your child’s first years and beyond? Are you interested in having one-on-one meetings with someone who cares about your parenting success? Would you like the opportunity to earn maternity and baby supplies? Our EWYL program is not the only program we offer.  We also offer a MomCheck program.  MomCheck is a single Mom mentoring program for women with children over 12 months of age.  Experienced mothers come alongside single mothers to provide encouragement and guidance, help to set goals for her and her family (spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially), introduce a network of other single mothers for support, and provide community resources. Please call us at 207.253.5555 to make an appointment or talk with us about which program might be right for you! #parenting #singleparenting #earnwhileyoulearn #momcheck #pregnancyresourcecenter...

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Adoption Option

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Adoption Option

You’re unexpectedly pregnant and you don’t know what to do.  If you can’t stand the thought of terminating your pregnancy and you want the best for your child and know that you aren’t ready to be a parent at this time, then adoption is one choice you might want to consider.  Placing a child for adoption doesn’t seem to be a popular option these days but it might be the right answer for you.  The adoption process has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.  Gone are the days when a woman simply hands her baby over to an adoptive family, never to see or hear from them again – and never knowing how her child grew up or knowing if her child knew how much she loved them.  It can be a process that you can build and customize (open, semi-open or closed) to create a personalized adoption plan based solely on what is important to you. Here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center we are ready to help answer your questions about adoption, what it is, what it isn’t and what it can be.  We have the names of reputable organizations and agencies that can help guide you through this process. Women do not “give up” anything when choosing adoption for their baby; instead, they are choosing a life for their child.  Adoption is a courageous decision to put your child’s life and desires for their future before your own.  Adoption can give you peace of mind both for your future and your child’s future well-being.  Here is a story from a birth-mom who made this difficult but loving choice:  “I Did Not Give Up My Baby” Call us at 207.253.5555 and make an appointment for more information about adoption.  You are the reason we are here! #pregnancyresourcecenter  #pregnant  #freeservices  #adoption  #adoptions #openadoption  #pregnancyhelp  #birthmoms  #birthmothers  #adoptionnetwork ...

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The Abortion Option

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The Abortion Option

So, the test was POSITIVE, now what…? Take a few minutes to breathe and calm down. A decision needs to be made soon, but it doesn’t need to be made the same day you find out you’re pregnant. Finding out you’re pregnant can be difficult if the pregnancy is unplanned. Before you choose what to do about your pregnancy, take your time to make a well-informed decision. Take time to research the facts, to talk to a trusted individual, and to think on your own before you decide. Knowing that your pregnant is just the first step, but now what do you need to know? Currently, there are three abortion options available: The morning-after pill (also known as Plan B, ella or emergency contraception), the abortion pill (RU-486) and a surgical abortion.  Each of these options carries its own risks and you should take the time to understand how they work and what complications are associated with them.  Here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center we have this information and have the time to sit down and answer all your questions! Determining how pregnant you are is step one.  If you are considering an abortion, it is important to have a limited obstetrical ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy to better understand the type of abortion procedure available to you.  Limited ultrasound can also show if a natural miscarriage is occurring (Is my pregnancy viable?) or if your pregnancy is ectopic (a pregnancy that begins developing outside the uterus), which can be life threatening.  Know the answers to these questions! We are here to help you.  We are committed to offering accurate information to help you make your decision. ABBA has no financial interest in your pregnancy because we do not perform abortions.  We are here to help you sort through difficult options and provide you with information to help you make your decision. Call us and make a confidential appointment that will provide you information without pressure.  #pregnancyresourcecenter #pregnant #freeservices #pregnancyhelp #ultrasound Elena,...

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Rebecca’s Story

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Rebecca’s Story

“My name is *Rebecca. I am twenty four years old. I have a son who is almost five. I am currently twenty five weeks pregnant with my second boy. I am so thrilled to be a mum again. I never thought I would have any more children after my first boy, but God has other plans for me. I currently work full time with intellectually disabled adults. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it. I work hard to take care of my children but sometimes we all need some extra help; this is where ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center comes into my life. I started going to the Center with my first pregnancy and they’ve been fantastic. I was nervous and scared but ABBA has the resources to help me with parenting. My Client Advocate that I get to see every week is just like my family. She’s somebody to talk to and just share my feelings with. They are never judgmental. It’s a comfortable environment with the nicest girls I have ever met. I will continue going until I no longer can, but I hope that day doesn’t come. Thank you for everything you do!”   *The client’s name has been changed for privacy...

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STI Testing and Treatment

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STI Testing and Treatment

Did you know we offer FREE STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment here at ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center?  Every Wednesday our clinic is open and available for this service as well as other medical options.  We are also hoping to expand our clinic days to Wednesdays and Thursdays to better accommodate your schedule and give you more flexible appointment times. In this week’s blog I wanted to talk about STI’s and why it may be important for you to be tested. Here at ABBA we offer urine-based testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.  Testing is simple and can be combined with a pregnancy test, if that is needed and results available by the next week.  Treatment is a one-time dose of an antibiotic that we administer here, and is also provided FREE of charge. So, why is getting tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea important for YOU? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that each year about 3 million people in the US contract chlamydia each year, making it the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection.  The CDC also estimates that about 820,000 people contract gonorrhea each year.  The highest rates of infections are found in women under the age of 25, particularly those who are 15-19 years old.  About 40% of the time, women who have gonorrhea also have chlamydia. Symptoms of both chlamydia and gonorrhea can be silent, about 75% of women have no symptoms, at all!  But when symptoms are present, the most common complaints are abnormal vaginal discharge, burning or pain during urination, vaginal or cervical inflammation, spotting or pain during sex. Left untreated, these infections can spread and cause serious problems: “Women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea can develop PID, which, in turn, can lead to reproductive system morbidity such as ectopic pregnancy and tubal factor infertility.  An estimated 10%–20% of women with chlamydia or gonorrhea may develop PID if they do not receive adequate treatment.  Among women with PID, tubal scarring can cause infertility in 20% of women, ectopic pregnancy in 9%, and chronic pelvic pain in 18%. About 80%–90% of chlamydial infections10 and up to 80% of gonococcal infections in women are asymptomatic. These infections are detected primarily through screening.”   (http//www.cdc.gov/STD) After unprotected sex, how long does it take for chlamydia or gonorrhea infection to develop? The incubation period for chlamydia is 1-3 weeks and gonorrhea has an incubation period of about 2-10 days.  While both chlamydia and gonorrhea are serious and transmittable bacterial infections, they are highly curable.  The treatments for these infections are also safe to take if you are pregnant. If you have had unprotected sex or are recently pregnant and feel that you may be at risk for an STI, please call us and schedule an appointment for testing or to ask us more questions.  We are here to help...

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Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasound

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Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasound

Last week I started writing a blog about the medical clinic here at ABBA.  As promised, today I’d like to give you some information about Pregnancy Testing and Limited Ultrasounds. So, your period is late and you’re scared… Here at ABBA we offer free pregnancy tests to first help you find out if indeed your missed period is due to pregnancy.  We use a high quality urine based pregnancy test, which is administered and tested by an RN, which can determine with 99% accuracy if you are pregnant. So, the test was POSITIVE, now what…? Take a few minutes to breathe and calm down. A decision needs to be made soon, but it doesn’t need to be made the same day you find out you’re pregnant. Finding out you’re pregnant can be difficult if the pregnancy is unplanned. Before you choose what to do about your pregnancy, take your time to make a well-informed decision. Take time to research the facts, to talk to a trusted individual, and to think on your own before you decide. What is a limited ultrasound and why do I need one? A limited obstetrical ultrasound is an ultrasound that is performed to look for specific information.  At ABBA we perform ultrasounds to determine how far along you are (gestational age), that the pregnancy is implanted inside the uterus (not ectopic), and that there is a viable pregnancy (that a heartbeat is present). Why is an ultrasound important if my pregnancy test was positive? I’m pregnant, right? Knowing that your pregnant is just the first step, but now what do you need to know? Determining how pregnant you are is step one.  If you are considering an abortion, it is important to have a limited obstetrical ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy to better understand the type of abortion procedure available to you. Limited ultrasound can also show if you may have a natural miscarriage or if your pregnancy is ectopic, which can be life threatening.  Up to 20%, which is one in five, of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Some miscarriages are completely silent but often miscarriages are accompanied by symptoms of bleeding or cramping.  Sometimes minor bleeding/spotting or cramping can be completely normal; we can help you figure this out.  Ectopic pregnancy occurs in up to 1 in 50 pregnancies.  “An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg stays in your fallopian tube. In that case, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy or a tubal pregnancy. In rare cases, the fertilized egg attaches to one of your ovaries, another organ in your abdomen, or even the cervix. Ectopic pregnancies require emergency treatment.” (source) Like a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy can be accompanied by bleeding and pain/cramping in the abdomen or pelvis.  With an ultrasound we can help determine the safety of your pregnancy, the presence of a miscarriage or the need for immediate medical attention. We are here to help you.  We are committed to offering accurate information to help you make your decision and providing a warm and safe environment for you.  #pregnancyhelp #ultrasounds #pregnant #pregnancyresourcecenter #freeservices Next week I plan to blog on STI’s, testing and treatment…Stay tuned! Elena,...

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Why Choose ABBA?

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Why Choose ABBA?

ABBA has no financial interest in your pregnancy because we do not perform abortions, provide referrals for abortions, or arrange adoptions.  We are here to help you sort through difficult options and provide you with information to help you make your decision. Missing your period can be very upsetting if pregnancy was not what you had planned.  We understand.  Many of our staff and client advocates have been just where you are and we listen with compassion, not judgment. What are my options? Abortion? Adoption? Parenting?  But first, am I really pregnant? On Wednesdays our medical clinic is open just for you.  We provide accurate pregnancy tests, STI testing and treatment as well as limited obstetrical ultrasounds.  All our services are free of charge and completely confidential. Over the next few weeks I am going to talk about different topics that we deal with in our clinic and during our support services appointments:  Pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, STI testing and treatment, Abortion information, Parenting and prenatal education programs, to name a few… I hope these blog entries help provide you with more clarity during a confusing and stressful time. Stay tuned! Elena,...

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Is There an Abortion in Your Past?

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Is There an Abortion in Your Past?

There are studies that have been done that show that 50 percent of women who have had an abortion will suffer from some type of emotional trauma. This trauma could possibly manifest itself in the form of abusive relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder “Abortion Risks: A List of Major Psychological Complications Related to Abortion,” 2011. Post abortion syndrome is a series of disorders that are a result of the emotional pain experienced when the nervous system is traumatized by an abortion. Symptoms may not appear all together nor will each woman/man possess all of them. If you find that you experience between 5-7 of the following emotions, following an abortion, you might consider seeking help for post abortion stress/trauma. abusive behavior alcohol and / or drug use avoids baby reminders (like baby showers, baby stores, etc.) changes in relationship / marriage (70% of relationships/marriages break up within 1 year of an abortion, 90% within 5 years) control issues crying spells difficulty in all types of intimacy divides time into “before” and “after” the abortion eating disorders fails to bond with subsequent children loss of interest in sex loss of normal sources of pleasure marital stress need of financial success over-protective of living children promiscuity or frigidity reduced motivation secretive self-punishing and / or self-degrading behavior sleep disturbances strained relationship with living children suicidal impulses tolerates abusive relationships wants atonement / replacement child withdrawn Note: Sometimes these symptoms happen immediately and sometimes these symptoms may not surface for 5-20 years following the procedure. We offer a 10 week healing support group will all materials provided. If you think you are experiencing these symptoms please give us a call – we can help you can heal! All of our services are free and confidential. New support group starting Monday, July 13th @10 a.m. Give us a call at 207 253-5555 or email us at answergirl@abbapregnancychoice.org to get involved. Reference:...

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