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Expectant, new mothers can find variety of assistance at pregnancy center

Last Modified: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:05 PM

By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Counseling, Medicaid assistance, pregnancy testing and items such as diapers, bottles and wipes are available at no charge from the Beauregard/Vernon Community Pregnancy Center.

The center, which has been in operation for two decades, helps steer women through all stages of pregnancy.

“Our primary goal is to provide a safe and accepting environment where they can be educated on what is happening to their bodies and how to care for their baby,” said director Theresa Allen.

“By participating in our program they can get many of the items they need for their baby for free from our baby boutique. We also are there to provide them with encouragement and support throughout their time with us.”

Assistance starts with pre-birth counseling.

“Our counselors are women of all ages. They do an initial assessment of the client by analyzing the questionnaire the clients complete on their first visit,” Allen said.

“We are guided by this assessment when we conduct the initial conversation. We then offer them counseling on the decisions they are trying to make about their baby’s future. We are a Christian-based, pro-life organization, so we offer them other choices if they are considering abortions, such as adoption.”

The center continues to provide assistance through the first two years of the child’s life.

“Our program includes educational sessions throughout their pregnancy and through the first 24 months of the baby’s life,” Allen said. “When they participate in this program they earn ‘mommy money,’ which they can spend in our baby boutique. This boutique is located in the center and has just about anything they will need for their baby.”

Allen said her goal is to have clients become great mothers.

“I enjoy interacting with the young women and encouraging them to be the best mother they can be by using the tools and information we provide,” she said.

“I also encourage them to complete their education so they can give their child a better life.”

The center is at 420 McMahon St. in DeRidder.

Allen said the biggest need at the moment is diapers, but anything that a baby could use is accepted. Examples of items that may be donated include baby formula of all kinds; new or gently used baby clothes up to size 24 months; maternity clothes; baby bedding; blankets; towels; breast pumps; baby swings; jumpers; walkers; and strollers.

Donations can be dropped off at the center 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays or by calling the center to make arrangements. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1366, DeRidder, LA 70634.

The center’s annual fundraiser will be Aug. 21 at First Baptist Church in DeRidder. Guest speaker will be anti-abortion activist and author Abby Johnson.

For more information, call 337-463-9500.

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