Pregnancy Aid Centers -- A Clinic for Women and Children
WISH LIST: $100: 100 pounds of beans and rice; $500: 10 sonograms for needy clients $5000: a much-needed new exam table
In Prince George's County, one out of seven residents has no health insurance and one out of four pregnant women receives no prenatal care at all. But in a yellow house on Greenbelt Road, women get the care and advice they need -- regardless of ability to pay. A community-based health and social services clinic, Pregnancy Aid Centers provides comprehensive care (including emergency food and clothing) to low-income women, adolescents, and newborns. Doctors and social workers offer walk-in pregnancy testing and options counseling to over 800 women and girls a year, and a newborn clinic -- opened when it was discovered how few women could afford well-baby care for their infants -- tends to the very youngest of patients. Each month, nearly 35 healthy babies are born to women in the maternity care program, while adolescent outreach works to reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The yellow house on Greenbelt Road welcomed nearly 2,300 patients last year and the caseload continues to grow. Your help means so much to so many.
Mary McGovern Jelacic
4809 Greenbelt Road
College Park, MD 20740