Figuring Out What’s Best for You

Chloe* found First Care Clinic, saw that it had great reviews, and tells of her experience with welcoming and helpful staff. She talks about walking through best and worst case scenario and sorting out her options. If you think you might be pregnant and are looking for someone to talk to — someone who won’t…

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5 Things to Consider When Making a Pregnancy Decision

If you think you might be pregnant and you weren’t planning on it, your mind may be swirling with all kinds of thoughts. “I can’t be pregnant. Not now.” “I was on birth control. How is this possible?” “How can I care for another child?” “What about finishing school?” “How will I tell my parents?”…

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When Life is Hard – Be Thankful

Tips for Being Thankful Even When Things Aren’t Going So Well The coming of the holiday season can be a time of great joy for many. It can also be a time of stress, emotional challenges and difficult circumstances. Holidays with family can be a stressful time if family relationships are strained. Or if one…

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I Can’t Be Pregnant

“I can’t be pregnant. Not right now.” “I have plans. And I can’t afford a baby.” Perhaps you or someone you know is having thoughts like these. You may wonder what to do next. Should I have an abortion? Parent? Or maybe consider making an adoption plan? All of these sound like hard choices. Where…

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1 in 7 Feel Blue

Postpartum Depression – English It was almost one week after my 21st birthday when I woke my husband up and said, “It’s time to go to the hospital.” I knew I was in labor with our first child. Twenty years ago, I didn’t know very much about having a baby, but that night, I knew…

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A Secret to Transform Your Relationship

After the birth of our second child, my husband and I struggled. Our relationship got harder as the demands on our time multiplied. During this time, we learned a “secret” that was part of what transformed our relationship. This remarkable idea was that each person feels and expresses love primarily in one or more of…

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Introducing Katie

Katie, our new Education Manager, has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2009. She is also a childbirth educator. Katie first volunteered for our clinic as a childbirth educator in 2011-2012. When Katie graduated from high school, she began working for the Salvation Army in their youth programming. In 2009, while taking a college…

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5 Ways to Help a Friend

What do you say when a friend tells you she might be pregnant? Recently I was talking with a woman I’ll call Leslie. Leslie was a client at First Care Clinic a couple years ago. Leslie told me that she wished more people knew about First Care Clinic. Then she told me why. Leslie has…

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Meet Billie Jo, RN, BSN

Meet Billie Jo, RN, BSN. Billie Jo has been a nurse for 16 years, beginning in neuro-medical surgery in 2001. In 2002, she began working in obstetrics at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. For the past 15 years, Billie Jo has worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, antepartum and NICU. She has served hundreds of…

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Wondering How You Can Afford a Child?

Raising a child comes with expenses and commitments. Trying to make your budget work to care for a new baby can be a challenge. But there are ways to make it work — even if money is tight. Here are 7 ways to save money that can help you make ends meet with your growing…

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