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...

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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...

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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

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

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?

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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