Pregnancy clinic hitting the road to help women in need
BELOIT (WREX) -
The Stateline Pregnancy Clinic is hitting the road to make sure expectant mothers have the resources they need. Beginning in June, the clinic based out of Beloit will be making its way to Winnebago County.
"When clients are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, they are scared to death," said clinic Executive Director Marybeth Karstaedt.
And often times women don't know where to turn. That's why the clinic created a mobile pregnancy center, the first of its kind in the Rock County area.
"We can get to those who can't get to us," Karstaedt adds.
Through private donors, the nonprofit organization was able to purchase an old ambulance. The mobile pregnancy center will travel anywhere in the Stateline, to provide women with its free services.
"We are not a full care provider, we are not trying to be a doctor we're just trying to be in so we can outreach to the community where services are a little more accessible," said Diana Fogderud a registered nurse with the clinic.
Fogderud says the mobile unit will be able to provide women with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and counseling services.
The pregnancy clinic has been open for years and treats close to 700 clients a year. They're hoping by extending their reach, they'll be able to deliver more care to those who need it most.
"We want to try and get them in care the or have the resources so that they have a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby or give them some information on options," Fogderud said.
The mobile unit won't be hitting the road until June 2 and will travel to Hope Evangelical Free Church in Roscoe every first and third Tuesday of each month.