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"Pregnant? Need information? Just want to talk?"
We have all experienced crises in life from losing keys, a cell phone, or some other meaningful and special item to a pet or loss of a loved one. A person experiencing an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy faces many emotions and questions.
At Turning Point Pregnancy Center we assist females and males of child-bearing years. You may receive our services free of charge as well as choose to participate in our curriculum.
We have an "Earn While You Learn" initiative that gives us the opportunity to mentor our clients in positive child care practices, build strong families and assist clients in earning basic supplies while launching them as successful parents in today's society.
TPPC seeks to educate, enable and empower women and men in crisis pregnancies and to save the mother and child from the affects of abortion. TPPC does not perform or refer for abortions or abortifacients. We do give information concerning abortion.
Turning Point provides abstinence education through our annual guest speakers at city and county schools. We offer you the opportunity of speaking with a Client Advocate privately if preferred.
All of our services are confidential and include:
Prenatal and Parenting Classes
Abstinence and STD Risks Information
"I think I might be pregnant."
Symptoms of pregnancy are often the following:
- Appetite change
- Frequent Urination
- Tired Nausea
- Swollen or Sore Breasts
- Weight Gain or Loss
All clients receive a free and confidential pregnancy test that is 99% accurate as we use medical grade urine tests. This test offers detection as early as 7 days following intercourse or 21-24 days after your last menstrual period (LMP). *Please note that some of these symptoms could indicate other medical issues.
"A clear image."
An Ultrasound may be performed at our Center; however, it requires an appointment with our Medical Director and therefore may not be scheduled the same day as your appointment.
PRE-NATAL AND PARENTING CLASSES: EARN WHILE YOU LEARN
"I wish I knew what I was doing!"
EARN WHILE YOU LEARN is a curriculum we offer to educate you on topics relating to your pregnancy: 1st Trimester-3rd Trimesters of pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, Breastfeeding, Car Seat Safety and so much more. Our course of study provides you with a very good manual in a short time frame to empower you as a parent.
At the present time, Pre-Natal and Parenting classes, and a Life Skills Pack are combined with the Counseling/Earn While You Learn sessions. If you desire to walk deeper in Bible Study, we offer a specific study through the Book of John.
By choosing to participate in this program, you will earn points to shop in our Baby Boutique to help you prepare for your baby's homecoming.
"I wish I had someone to talk to."
Our Volunteers have been trained to keep all sessions confidential. Each Counselor offers guidance, a "listening" ear, an open mind, and a non-judgmental attitude as you make decisions for your future. Our job is to enable you to reach your goals!
Our Counselors often form close bonds with their clients. The following are some quotes from clients:
"I feel as though you are the only one who understands me."
"You have helped us both. We love you."
"If my Counselor is going to be out, please make an appointment for me upon her return."
"Thank you for all you have done! You helped and encouraged me to achieve what I thought I could not.
"I don't know if I would be a good mom."
While abortion (this word highlighted for section on abortion) is clearly a factor in today's society, women may not realize that there are other options.
At our Center, you will be given information concerning adoption, foster care and parenting. The accurate information helps you decide the best design for your future as well as that of your child. We also have DVDs and brochures for more in-depth information and referrals.
"WE DO NOT REFER FOR ABORTIONS OR ABORTIFACIENTS."
"Let us help empower you!"
Our Baby Boutique is full of new and gently-used items donated by individuals, churches, and community organizations that support the Center and you, the parent. By participating in the EARN WHILE YOU LEARN program, you earn points to "purchase" these needed items for your baby when you return home from the hospital. Items include: baby bottles, pacifiers, diapers, soap, lotion, shampoo, diaper bags, blankets, shoes, clothing and other nursery necessities.
Many women find after abortion that they feel regret, remorse, and other emotional symptoms they never expected. Often these symptoms are compared to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the women who experience them may have Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS).
Our Center offers peer support for these women. Through individual or small-group counseling and/or Bible study, we come alongside women who have had abortions to aid them in their emotional and spiritual healing; our post-abortion recovery Bible study guide is entitled Surrendering the Secret, by Pat Layton. Our compassionate counselors encourage post-abortive women to work through their feelings with the attitude that their healing is important. We also provide referrals for women who need professional counseling after their abortions.
Additionally, the Center provides support for men whose children have been aborted. Our society generally neglects the feelings of men after an abortion, but they, too, have experienced loss, and we seek to meet their needs as well.
ABSTINENCE AND STD RISKS
"I Am Created on Purpose with Purpose!"
Abstinence is defined as abstaining from and not participating in any sexual activity. Anywhere genital contact is involved, a person is not practicing abstinence and puts themselves at risk.
The best way to avoid pregnancy or any sexually transmitted disease (STD) is to practice sexual abstinence, while single. If you marry, remain sexually faithful during marriage. These are the only methods that avoid pregnancy and infection 100%. All other methods leave you vulnerable. It is your life and your decision. You are in control.
Chastity puts an emphasis on sexual intercourse in marriage and respects sexuality as a gift. When you practice abstinence you have no worries about teen pregnancy or STDs. You will never feel angry or frustrated about being "used" or rejected. You may feel that you cannot return to the status of virgin but you can start over at anything which includes living a chaste life! Starting over isn't always easy but you can do it! Dating should be fun and not full of fear of STDs. "No" is a love word and saying "no to sex before marriage" is telling someone that you love them and yourself so much that you don't want either of you to get hurt. If you would like to further discuss "secondary virginity" please contact us.
However, you should know:
65 million people in the USA have an incurable STD. An estimated 19 million new STDs happen each year.
Did you know that women who are pregnant can become infected with the same STDs as women who are not pregnant? Pregnancy does not give any more protection against STDs than non-pregnancy and if you are pregnant, the STDs can also affect your baby.
You should also be aware that Oral Sex, like other methods of sex, carries a risk of serious untreatable and even life threatening diseases in both men and women. Oral Sex has been found to spread the following: syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, HPV, genital herpes, chlamydia and possibly Hepatitis C.
You may contact the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) or come into our Center (make an appointment) for further information on the following STDS: Chlamydia, Chancroid, Genital Herpes, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
As for the use of condoms: A CDC review found that there is no clinical proof that condoms are 100% effective in reducing risk of infection from chlamydia, genital herpes, HPV, syphilis, trichomoniasis or chancroid. Even if you use condoms 100% of the time there is still a 15% risk of HIV infection compared to no use of a condom. You can still be infected with any STD when using a condom 100% of the time. Many infections are incurable, some are life-altering while others are life-threatening.
You are created on purpose and with purpose! You have a full life before you. Begin now to make positive choices!
"I am scared. I'm thinking about abortion. What are my risks?"
"Maybe adoption is an option."
Abortion procedures became legal on January 22, 1973. In the beginning, studies, risks and information was not available. Over 40 years have passed since the legalization of abortion with information being readily obtainable.
Is it safe and could it affect me in the future?
While there are risks with most medical procedures, the evidence surrounding abortifacients (abortion pills) and surgical abortions are associated with long term health risks. Obtaining complete information on abortion is, in fact, quite challenging due to the absence of documentation of risks and side effects that link abortion with complications. Risks that have been documented are as follows: Heavy Bleeding, Incomplete Abortion, Infection, Organ Damage, Emboli, Anesthesia Complications, RH Sensitization and in extremely low cases, death. (Risk of dying from an induced abortion is 91 in a million.)
Aside from the risks that are involved, substantial evidence exists that women (and men) are affected in their relationships with others, emotionally, physically and spiritually. These areas and issues that reside within women and men may not surface immediately but in the future and may impact how you view yourself, the ones involved with the abortion and the one aborted. Take time to consider that while you may feel immediate relief upon obtaining an abortion the residual affects that can and do come later, leave you at a loss in life. You are free to discuss abortion with us at your appointment but please be aware that we do not refer for abortions or abortifacients.
The question then becomes: What are my options if I do not have an abortion?
You may choose to place your child in foster care after giving birth until you can make a well-informed decision based on your abilities to care for and raise your child.
You may decide to carry your child full-term and place him/her for adoption through an agency. (We have a referral list for you.) There are 3 types of adoption:
We will be happy to explain these to you at your appointment.
If you don't choose the two listed above but decide you want to parent your child, please know that we at Turning Point Pregnancy Center will be available, supportive and walk with you as you journey through your pregnancy.
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