4 Ways True Care is Serving Pregnant Women During the COVID-19 Crisis
Last week three True Care staff members listened to a webinar presented by the National Institute for Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) regarding guidelines for serving pregnant women at risk for abortion during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths escalate, pregnancy centers across the country are finding innovative ways to serve patients. True Care began implementing four such ideas this week.
1. Our nurses are using telephone and video for initial consultations. In an effort to minimize the number of times a woman has to come into the center, our nurses are using telephone and video consultations for the first part of the appointment. The nurses conduct a health history with the potential patient and determine if she’s far enough along for an ultrasound. If so, the nurse schedules an in-person appointment for the pregnancy test and ultrasound. Many women we’ve seen recently are only about four or five weeks along – too early to detect a heartbeat on the ultrasound. Bringing the woman into the center at a time determined to most likely see a heartbeat alleviates having her in the center at two different dates, thereby decreasing potential of COVID-19 exposure to her and to our staff.
2. We are helping Resource Program patients via telephone conference. To limit the number of people coming into the center at the same time, Cheryl, our Resource Coordinator, is communicating with her program participants through telephone and, hopefully soon, video conferencing. We are committed to helping our patients beyond their medical appointments with these services, even though it means providing them in a different format.
3. We are providing diapers and wipes, baby clothes and beautiful blankets to our patients. Because of our wonderful donors and supporters (people just like you!) we are able to provide the women in our Resource and Baby & Me programs, and those who have been part of the programs in the recent past, with materials assistance, like diapers, wipes, new clothes, and handcrafted blankets. Each of these gifts are gratefully received! Cheryl and Rebecca contact their patients and former patients and let them know these items are available, and the women schedule a time to stop by the office to pick up their requested items. Our receptionist delivers the bag of goodies to the woman when she comes to the office door.
4. True Care is also providing grocery store gift cards for our patients and their children. World economies, including that of the United States, Wyoming, and Casper, have been hit hard because of this terrible disease. Millions of people are out of work, including our patients, most of whom work in retail and/or the hospitality industry. To ensure these women have food in their fridges and on their tables, we’re collecting funds for grocery store gift cards … and accepting the cards themselves. If you’d like to donate a Smith’s, Albertson’s, or Walmart gift card, or contribute money to the Groceries for Patients fund, please call the True Care office at 307-472-2810 or mail a check or gift card to us at P.O. Box 1746, Casper, WY 82602.
We are VERY GRATEFUL to our donors, supporters, and prayer warriors! All of us are living in unprecedented times, yet because of you and the grace of our Lord, True Care’s doors remain open to women at risk for abortion. By continuing to provide services and assistance, even in unique ways, we continue to impact lives. God’s Word tells us “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9) – we plan to do just that!