Aug. 10, 2019 — Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can be overwhelming experiences for new mothers and fathers. One of the best ways to handle the responsibilities that come with bringing a new life into the world is by getting information that will help with understanding the many challenges awaiting parents.
Helping to provide this information are volunteers at the Pregnancy and Planning Center (PPC) located at 1525 12th Street, Suite G, in the Florence Business Center. Susan Kirby is PPC’s Director and she hopes parents to be will stop in if they have questions or need some other type of support.
“We offer prenatal education and support, parenting education and support, life skills education, pregnancy tests and pregnancy options information, a weekly playgroup for parents and their new born to 5-year-old children, and a Stork Boutique with diapers, baby clothes, blankets, baby supplies, as well as maternity clothes and supplies,” said Kirby.
An additional benefit offered by the programs at the PPC is the opportunity for parents to learn while accumulating credits that can be exchanged for soon-to-be-needed baby supplies.
“Our program at the PPC is an ‘Earn While You Learn’ program,” Kirby explained. “As moms and dads, women and men take individualized classes, they earn baby credits which they can use to get items from our Stork Boutique, and there are other ways they can earn baby credits as well.”
There are also other services that PPC offers especially for pregnant women.
“We also recognize that women facing unplanned pregnancies may want a safe place to talk about their options. We provide non-judgmental, compassionate support and information for women facing an unplanned pregnancy,” Kirby said. “All our services are free and confidential and offered to people of all walks of life.”
Kirby and the volunteers at PPC also offer some post-birth options for parents that include a chance to meet other new parents and their babies through a play group on Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
However, the time for the play group will change beginning Sept. 4, and be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Kirby hopes parents and particularly women in search of answers about pregnancy will visit PPC, regardless of their religious affiliation or marital status.
“We recognize that family life can be tough, and we want to be a place of support and education for parents seeking to grow in their parenting skills.
“We are here to help moms, dads, and families grow strong,” she said.
PPC is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and interested moms and dads can just drop in to find out more about the services offered at PPC or call 541-902-2273 to make an appointment.