Having a Healthy Pregnancy


Taken from The First Things First Parent Kit

When you are pregnant, your body will change, and you will have many new feelings. Taking good care of yourself becomes more important than ever. Start getting health care as soon as you can. Research shows that the more you are cared for during pregnancy, the better you can care for your newborn.

Get Prenatal Care as Soon as You Can

As soon as you think you are pregnant, you should start getting regular medical check-ups. This is known as prenatal (before birth) care. Prenatal care is for both you and your baby. You can see a family practice doctor, or a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrician-gynecologist). Or you can see a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner. For free and low-cost prenatal care, contact AHCCCS (Access).

Prenatal Health Care Visits

At each visit, your doctor or other health care provider will check your health and your baby’s heartbeat and growth.

She will test your blood for low iron, hepatitis B, diabetes and other problems. She can also test for HIV, tuberculosis and certain rare birth defects. Many of these problems can be treated.

Ask about getting flu and Tdap vaccines. Tdap guards against whooping cough. These vaccines are safe during pregnancy.

Tell your provider all the medicines, vitamins and herbs you take. Ask if they are safe to take during pregnancy.

Say if you have back strain or are exposed to any chemicals or radiation at work.

If you want to learn more about nutrition, how your body is changing, what to expect during and after birth and more, set up an appointment for our Earn-While-You-Learn classes. The classes are free!

Mending the Soul


A young woman came into the center for a pregnancy test.  While going over the medical history form, she began to cry when asked about past abuse.  She opened up, for the first time since the incident, about a rape that happened a few years ago.  She stated that she received medical help at the time and reported it to the police, but that she has not talked about it since.  No one has ever asked her about it.  Her tears surprised even her. I am not sure she fully understood the impact that the rape had on her.  

If you have experienced any kind of abuse at any time in your life, we have an amazing Ladies Only class that has proven successful in helping victims heal. If you are reading this and thinking about something that happened to you and wondering if THAT really “counts” as abuse...then this class is for you.  If you are reading this and thinking about something that happened to you and wondering if you could ever really heal…then this class is for you.

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We have a few openings left...register for the class by clicking here… Workbooks cost $25, but if this will cause you to not get the healing you need, please let us know and we will find a sponsor to cover the cost for you.

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” - Carl Jung

Is Adoption a Parenting Choice?


Making an adoption plan is definitely one way to positively fulfill your role as a parent.

We are not an adoption agency. This means we do not have a list of hopeful adoptive-parents waiting in the wings. What this means for you is that you can truly consider adoption in a pressure-free, judgment-free zone. No matter what your age- no one can make you choose or refuse adoption. Instead, you can take as much time as you need and use LHC as a sounding board. According to Merriam-Webster, a sounding board is “a person or group on whom one tries out an idea or opinion as a means of evaluating it”.

To help you evaluate this idea even further, we have videos and class material to review with you. There may be things you didn’t know about adoption and we have resources from people who have placed children for adoption, stories from adopted children and stories from people who have adopted children — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Parenting

by Mandy Hall, VP of Operations, Phoenix

Why choose us to help you walk through parenting?  If you have decided to parent your child, we are here for you!  We provide Earn-While-You-Learn classes on parenting, finances, boundaries, and the list goes on.  You can earn boutique bucks to spend at our store to get what you need for you and your baby.  We have resources on partners that can help with your kids while you work or go to school.