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New Life center offers pregnancy help

Nonprofit feature
By: Sonney Wolfe, Special to The Placer Herald
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Unplanned pregnancies have been popping up for millennia. Today places like New Life Pregnancy Resource Center help calm, educate and prepare many worried individuals facing an unexpected baby. “And the cost… is nothing,” said Kathy Peterson, client advocate and development coordinator of New Life Pregnancy Center in Rocklin. Shortened to Pregnancy Resources, the Christian ministry originally opened in Auburn in 1999, and then relocated in 2006 to Rocklin, across the street from Sierra College. A nonprofit organization, it runs completely off donations and volunteers who profess Christ, said Executive Director Barbara Schauer. Individuals can confidentially obtain self-administered pregnancy tests, ultrasound referrals, counseling and emotional support by trained volunteer advocates, referrals to community services, adoption and birth control information. They currently have about 15 volunteers who donate two to four hours a week, and they’re always looking for more. “With the volunteers’ help, we’ve been able to add more and more services and programs to help people in the community,” Schauer said. The doors are open to all, men and women, teenagers and kids. “It’s amazing how often boyfriends come in with their girlfriends just for pregnancy tests. They’re concerned, so we talk with the guys, also,” Peterson said. One program men like participating in is the Earn While You Learn Program — a system that allows individuals to earn credits toward purchasing baby items from the center’s onsite store. Credits are earned by completing self-paced instructional DVDs on prenatal and post-natal care, attending parenting classes, and participating in Bible studies, Schauer said. Items in the baby store range from baby socks and clothes to high chairs and cribs. “They get to learn things and be able to help themselves with raising their kids,” Shauer said. “They get excited about that. It’s fun to watch that (excitement).” Another aspect is their post-abortion counseling — “abortion healing,” said Post Abortion Counsel Education (PACE) Coordinator Debbie Leard. Although Pregnancy Resource does not refer for abortion, they do provide an extensive eight- to 10-week Bible study, which Leard leads, that focuses on healing from its effects. The study is done one-on-one but can be in a group setting, if preferred, Leard said. Starting in September, childbirth preparation classes taught by labor-and-delivery registered nurses will be offered. “It’s about four hours, two per night, and it’s just enough to give some science on pre-labor and maybe put some comfort measures in their heads,” Schauer said. They’re hoping to offer the classes every three months. Temporarily partnering with the center, Gloss Salon of Rocklin will be donating 25 percent of proceeds earned from reserved appointments in September. Hair color, haircuts and facials are among the services included in the benefit. Ella Biancalanca, owner and stylist, said she is attempting to benefit a local organization every month. “I want to facilitate a business that gives back to the community as much as possible,” Biancalanca said. She said she went with Pregnancy Resources because she liked what they did for women in the community. Upcoming, the center’s Fall Banquet, featuring Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, will be held Oct. 29 at William Jessup University. “We’re really excited to hear what she (Graham) has to say and see how she relates to what we do here. I assume she’ll talk about her new book,” Schauer said. Graham’s new book is called, “I’m Pregnant, Now What?” For more information on New Life’s partnership with Gloss Salon, contact the salon at 760-8222 or go to www.hairbyella.com. Gloss Salon is located at 5960 West Oaks Blvd. in Rocklin. New Life Pregnancy Center Fall Banquet When: 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 29 Where: William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin Guest Speaker: Ruth Graham Information: www.newlifesierra.com; newlife@wizwire.com; (916) 624-8990