Is It Wrong to Bring a Child Into This World?

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Is it Wrong to Bring a Child Into this World?

If this a question you are grappling with, give yourself the necessary space and time to think it through

Perhaps you’ve heard the question. Perhaps you’ve asked it yourselfPerhaps for the first time in your life a positive pregnancy test has made it more than rhetorical – Is it wrong to bring a child into this world? It’s a question human beings have been asking for a long time. Throw in a worldwide pandemic, the threat of nuclear war, or a protestor with the sign “I wish my mom had aborted me” and one can’t help but think maybeMaybe it is wrong to add another human being to this insufferable place. And there’s nothing like an unplanned pregnancy to turn your world upside down and make you ponder such a deep dark question.

If only you could look into the future and ask your unborn child if they want to be here. But no, that’s not possible. This is a decision you must make. Let me offer at least three reasons why you might want to consider bringing a child into this world. 

First, let’s consider the times. No doubt this is a dark time in human history. Never before has a worldwide pandemic had such profound and long-lasting consequences. Not only have more than one million people died, but billions more continue to live under the threat of serious illness. And then there is the possibility of nuclear war because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And one doesn’t have to look solely to worldwide or global conflicts. There are problems in our own country as well; racial tensions, political tensions, environmental concerns, to name a few. All valid. All deeply concerning. 

But here’s the truth. There has always been sickness. There has always been war. There has always been tension.  Looking to our past we see life in the Middle Ages was brutal, full of death and disease. To live during any of the great world wars has been the destiny of billions. And yet, people have always continued to have children. If people then had stopped hoping for a brighter future and a better world, where would that leave us today? It just might be that love of family and a desire to provide and protect those we love might be the very fuel that compels us to keep reproducing. 

Second, let’s consider the economy. Some will argue our current economic climate is too uncertain, too unstable, to create the kind of world necessary for children to flourish. But any good business student can tell you there have always been and there will always be business cycles. Many living today remember the high inflation and gas lines in the 70’s.  As we approach double digit inflation once again, we realize this too shall pass. Ask any baby boomer and they are just as likely to have held a mortgage with a 10% mortgage rate (typical in the 80’s) as one at 2% (more recent). You can take a look at historical mortgage interest rates here. So remember, times change. This may be a challenging time to bring a child into this world, but if you follow some basic common-sense rules (like saving 10% of what you earn and living on less than you make), you will weather this storm and can reasonably expect better times to come.

Finally, and most importantly, let’s consider the future. Many will argue that more children mean a further strain on planet Earth’s resources. This may be true. The UN estimates our planet will add another 2 billion residents in the next 30 years, placing the population at about 9.7 billion people. However, it is also true that there is a slowing global fertility rate that might push the fertility rate below the 2.1 births per woman necessary to avoid an overall population decline in the long run. By 2050 the UN expects as many as 55 countries will have declining populations due to declining fertility rates. So the concern about the impact on future resources is at least mitigated by the slowing global fertility rate. You can read more about these estimates here.

So if it is good and right to at least think about the negative impact more children might have on this planet, is it not also good and right to think about the potential good? In other words, what is the potential positive future impact of these children? Well, for one thing, how about their minds? How about their creativity? How about their determination and drive? Our planet has many problems, yes. But it will take new and innovative ideas to solve those problems. If everyone decides the negative outweighs the positive, that fertility rate might just drop to the point where we deprive this world of the very thing it needs to survive…the human race.

So while each person must decide for themselves whether or not to bring a child into this world, it is important to remember there is much to consider. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, and this a question you are grappling with, give yourself the necessary space and time to think it through. 

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, VA, we understand this is a weighty decision. We want to give you a safe place to process all of your options and to get the medically necessary information you need to make an informed decision. We offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD/STI testing, and options consultations. And we do it all at no cost to you. So you can take the time you need to slow down and think more deeply about how you want to move forward. Call us today or click here and request an appointment. We are here for you and we want to help.

By Sheri, Advocacy Manager

June 17, 2022

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I’m Pregnant and Worried about the Formula Shortage

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I’m pregnant and worried about the formula shortage

Most pregnant women make a plan for how they will feed their babies –  breastfeeding, formula, or a mixture of both. In the past, women have made the decision based on what they think will work best for their babies and themselves – based on personal preferences, finances, and family/community support. But now many pregnant women are worried about the formula shortage. 

The current formula shortage has a lot of pregnant women thinking about breastfeeding; it even has some rethinking their original plans to rely on formula. It’s a frightening thing to think about not being able to meet the physical needs of our little ones.

So, should you make a decision to breastfeed given the current infant shortage?

Let’s start with the question without the current situation – simply, “Should you breastfeed?”

Well, yes. Unless.

You see breastfeeding is one of those “Yes, unless” questions. Some questions are answered with an easy yes: “Should I feed my baby? Should I keep my baby safe? Should I make sure my baby’s diaper is dry?” Yes, yes, yes – to all these questions.

Breastfeeding is not that simple, though.

We want you to know that here at Alcove Health, we’re not going to judge you based on your feeding decision. We know that being a good mother isn’t wrapped up all in this one decision about how you will feed your little one. After all, breastfeeding isn’t the measuring stick by which all motherhood is assessed.

Therefore, we’re going to discuss breastfeeding – but not as the most defining moment of your life or your baby’s life. We’re going to discuss it as an option. A really good option for feeding your baby. Because that’s true – whether or not you’re currently worried about the formula shortage.

Breastfeeding is good for your baby. Really good. In fact, breast milk is the best food for a baby in the first year of life – for the baby’s health, strength, and protection.

If you were all along planning to feed your baby using formula, you may not be aware of the best practices and benefits of breastmilk. 

So, slow down and give yourself some time to read and learn. You owe it to yourself to consider your options with accurate information. So start by reading HERE, HERE, and HERE. Additionally – for guidelines on breastfeeding from the American Academy of Pediatrics – read HERE.

Breastfeeding is best as an informed decision and the more you know about breastfeeding the more confident you will be in your decision – especially if you’re worried about the formula shortage.

Realize that breastfeeding is good for you too, mom. Nursing provides you with health protections and can reduce your risks for certain conditions and diseases.

And then there’s the money side of feeding your baby. Breastfeeding is good for your wallet. Instead of your money going to a local grocery store, the cost of formula stays in your wallet. That’s a pretty sweet perk.

But there are reasons you weren’t originally planning to breastfeed your baby.

Sometimes, the emotional cost of breastfeeding can be daunting. The emotional concerns are there –  including worries about isolation and dependency.

And then there are the personal questions – “What if I just can’t do it?” “What if my baby can’t do it?”

Whew. That’s a lot to think about. And worries can become overwhelming. But you’re this baby’s mother. You are stronger than you think. For all the “What ifs,” realize that there is help on the other side if nursing is difficult.

Like help from lactation consultants. Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. Sometimes natural things require training. Many hospitals will provide the assistance of a lactation consultant to help settle your uncertainties as a first-time breast-feeder. The consultant can answer your questions and help you problem solve if you’re having difficulty.

If you’re pregnant and worried about the formula shortage, we can help with breastfeeding classes, too. Just click here to request an appointment here at Alcove Health.

It’s important to remember that you won’t be alone in the process. There’s also your family and other people in your support group.

Do you know that support seems to play a big part in a woman’s decision to breastfeed? Women who have support from their family and friends are more likely to start and continue breastfeeding.

You may have made your decision to use formula without even talking to those around you. You may have assumed they won’t support it. They may have agreed with you that formula-feeding was the best decision for your family.

Here’s where you need to insert your voice. Share that you are worried about the formula shortage. A decision made when there was plenty of formula on the shelves will look different now. Difficulty finding formula for a hungry baby will put a strain on everyone. A plan to support you as you breastfeed could help support everyone in your circle. Make your desires – and concerns – known and ask for support from the people in your life.  This is a reasonable request!

Of course, there are reasons women can’t breastfeed (like low milk supply, medications, infectious diseases, and baby’s medical needs). Some of these reasons can be addressed while you’re pregnant; others may not be realized until after your baby is born.

Remember – formula shortage aside – for those who can’t or don’t breastfeed, according to KidsHealth:

“Infant formula is a healthy alternative. Formula provides babies with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Some mothers worry that if they don’t breastfeed, they won’t bond with their baby. But the truth is, loving mothers will always create a special bond with their children. And feeding — no matter how — is a great time to strengthen that bond.”

As with many of our mothering decisions, flexibility is important. The best feeding choice is a starting point – then we make adjustments based on the best we can do. After all, it’s important to have a healthy baby and an emotionally healthy mom.

You have a lot to think about. Remind yourself that you will make a lot of mothering choices over the next years. Whether or not to breastfeed is just one of those choices. But worrying isn’t a good choice. And it you’re worried about the formula shortage, today is a good day to start making a plan so you won’t be worried after your baby is born.

If you would like parenting classes (to include breastfeeding classes), please request an appointment with us by clicking here. Here at Alcove Health, all of our services (and classes) are free and we’re happy to help. Reach out today!

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

June 2, 2022

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How Long to Wait For an STI Test After Unprotected Sex

How Long to Wait for an STI Test After Unprotected Sex
How Long to Wait for an STI Test After Unprotected Sex

How Long to Wait for an STI Test After Unprotected Sex

Immediately after having unprotected sex, you may want to run to your local clinic and get tested. But what good is a negative STI test if the test is too soon to be trusted? How long should you wait for an STI test after unprotected sex? What is the time frame between being exposed to an STI and when you would test positive for it if you were infected?

STIs are a category of infections that are primarily passed through sexual contact.  That includes genital sex, oral sex and anal sex.

First, a few important terms:

    • The incubation period is the time it takes for the body to produce antibodies and symptoms to appear after being exposed to an infection.
    • The latency period is the time between your exposure to an STI and when you can pass that infection on to other people.
    • The window period is how long it takes between your exposure to an STI and getting an accurate test result.

It’s possible to be infected with an STI and not be experiencing any symptoms. Even during this time you’re able to pass that infection on to your sexual partner. That’s why it’s important to test regularly and not wait for symptoms to arise.  You can unknowingly pass along an infection – even if you have no symptoms! This is one reason STIs are such an epidemic in our country. It is recommended that all sexually active adults get tested for STIs with each new partner, or at least once a year.

But still, there is a time it’s too soon to test – a time period where you will need to wait for an STI test.

Here is a guideline for the testing window (how long you should wait between the sexual encounter and getting tested) for some of the most common STIs:

    • Gonorrhea 7-14 days
    • Chlamydia 5-14 days
    • Trichomonas 7-30 days 
    • HIV 18-90 days
    • Hepatitis C  2-6 weeks
    • Syphilis 3-6 weeks
    • Herpes (HSV 2) 1-4 months

There are benefits to detecting these infections early and receiving the appropriate treatment in a timely manner. If you think you may have an STI, it’s important to stop engaging in sexual activity and get tested. Knowing the incubation period and testing windows of the most common infections can help you determine how long you should wait for an STI test and when to seek medical help. You can play an important role in stopping the transmission of STIs between yourself, your sexual partners, and their sexual partners. In some cases, testing can even save your life.

Some of the potential risks of untreated STIs include:

Taking care of your sexual health is important. Not everyone will voluntarily disclose their STI status to you. You can take control of your sexual health by asking questions, screening new sexual partners, and having open and honest discussions about sexually transmitted diseases. 

You are worth taking the time to gain trust and build a lasting relationship before engaging in intimate behavior. At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we can provide you with the information and tools you need to build healthy, trusting, and lasting relationships. We also test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas at no charge. Additionally, we will provide you with a no-cost pregnancy test during your medical appointment. We would love to schedule an appointment for you to talk with an advocate and see a Registered Nurse. Call or click here to request your free and confidential appointment!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

May 24, 2022

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4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

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4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion

Making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy is never easy. Being free to choose means understanding all options and resources available. There are some things to consider before an abortion, that’s why it’s so important to have an abortion consultation. At Alcove Health, we care and we want to help. We are here for you. Click here to make an appointment today with one of our compassionate staff members.

Abortion is one of your three pregnancy options. There is vital information that you need to know before proceeding with an abortion. You deserve to know any risks that can occur during an abortion. You also need to know what abortion procedures are available to you. Below you will find 4 important things to consider before an abortion.

1. A Laboratory Grade Pregnancy Test

Get your pregnancy confirmed with a laboratory-grade pregnancy test prior to moving forward with an abortion. This will confirm the results of your at-home pregnancy test, as there is still a chance for inaccurate results. Schedule a confidential pregnancy test at no cost to you at Alcove. Our team of nurses can help you get the clarity you need.

2. Verify the Viability of the Pregnancy

After confirming your pregnancy through a laboratory-grade pregnancy test, verify the results with an ultrasound. An ultrasound reveals three vital details about your pregnancy, all of which are important to consider before an abortion:

    • The viability of your pregnancy (Is there a heartbeat?)
    • The location of your pregnancy (Is the pregnancy in the uterus?)
    • How far along you are (What is the gestational age?)

An ultrasound also indicates if you are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus). In either of these cases, an abortion procedure would not be necessary, but it could be a medical emergency and you would need to seek medical care.

3. The Importance of STI Testing

Whether you have a positive or negative pregnancy test this is a good time to consider STI testing to ensure that you have not been exposed. All women considering abortion should be evaluated for STIs, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms, to ensure that there are no possible complications. It is important to know that undiagnosed or untreated STIs can have a negative impact on any future pregnancies that you may have.

4. Abortion Education and Options Consultation

Before an abortion, you will want proof of a confirmed pregnancy through a pregnancy test and an ultrasound. Once you have confirmed you have a viable pregnancy, it’s important to learn about the procedures available to you. Our registered nurses will give you all the medical information you need, including abortion education. Understanding your body and what will happen during an abortion is vital to your reproductive health. Having a safe space to discuss all your options with a trained client advocate is just as crucial.

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion. Women facing an unplanned pregnancy often feel alone and unheard. We are here for you and we want to help. Click here to make a no-cost appointment today or call us at 757-591-8141.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

February 8th, 2022

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Pregnancy and Nausea

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Pregnancy and Nausea

"It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night"

Nausea during pregnancy is typically one of the most experienced and complained about symptoms that women report. It is known to be an early sign of pregnancy and some women feel nausea even before they’ve received their free pregnancy test. It is most often experienced between 7 weeks and 12 weeks of pregnancy. The cause is usually associated with increased hormone levels of the pregnancy, but it has not been found to affect the growing fetus.

 It can feel like a queasiness that surfaces at any time during the day or night, despite being known as “morning sickness“.  Strong smell aversions, acid reflux, or a metallic taste in the mouth can also accompany this nausea.

Here are some ideas to help ease symptoms you may be experiencing:

    • Smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Try not to have an empty stomach by always having something small available to nibble on.
    • Drink liquids in between meals, instead of with your meal.
    • Allow extra time to digest—rushing tends to aggravate nausea.
    • A high protein diet with complex carbohydrates (ex. peanut butter on wheat toast). Avoid greasy or processed foods.
    • Numerous studies have shown that ginger really does reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. You may find even the smell of fresh ginger calms an upset stomach. Stock up on staples made with real ginger (check the label; many prepared foods don’t contain the real deal), such as ginger snaps, ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger candies, ginger biscuits or crystallized ginger. Use fresh ginger when you cook, or add it to hot tea.
    • Cool fresh air and rest.
    • Take your prenatal vitamin to compensate for any nutrients you may not be getting, at whatever time of day you’re least likely throw it back up. You may want to try taking it right before bed.
    • If your symptoms are particularly rough, ask your practitioner about switching your prenatal vitamin for one with more B6 and less (or no) iron, which can be particularly tough on a sensitive tummy. Also, ask whether you should take an additional vitamin B6 supplement or the antihistamine doxylamine (found in Unisom SleepTabs).

Remember that this phase of pregnancy is not usually prolonged, and some healthy distractions of daily life can provide relief. Maintain hydration and enough sleep, and allow time for the baby to grow.  Certainly, prolonged vomiting or inability to keep liquids down should be evaluated by a physician. This is an exciting time and filled with hopeful anticipation. 

At Alcove Health we want to support you through this time by providing helpful community resources, medical referrals, and material needs.  Please call us or click here to schedule an appointment today!

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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What Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?

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WHAT IS Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?

What is PID and why should I care? According to the Mayo Clinic, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), is an infection of one or more reproductive organs. This includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. PID is a common and serious complication that often occurs when an STD/STI goes untreated, especially gonorrhea and chlamydia. To help reduce your chances of getting PID it is important to get a free STI/STD test.

Diagram of the Female Anatomy for PID
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THE PROBLEM:

It is not at all uncommon for women not to know they have gonorrhea or chlamydia, because often, there are no symptoms. Not knowing you have something causes problems – you don’t treat something you don’t know you have! This can also be the case with PID and there is nothing that can test specifically for PID. The diagnosis comes from your medical history, a physical exam, and other test results!

HOW DO I GET A PID?

According to the CDC – You are more likely to get PID if you:

    • Have an STI/STD and do not get treated;
    • Have more than one sex partner;
    • Have a sex partner who has sex partners other than you;
    • Have had PID before;
    • Are sexually active and are age 25 or younger;
    • Douche;
    • Use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control.
HOW CAN I REDUCE MY RISK OF GETTING A PID?

The only way to avoid STIs/STDs is not to have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting PID:

    • Be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STI/STD test results;
    • Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Diagram
Image Source: Mayo Clinic
THE GOOD NEWS:

Pelvic Inflammtory Disease (PID) can be treated once diagnosed; the earlier the better.

THE BAD NEWS:

Treatment cannot repair any damage that has already been done and you are much more likely to get PID again if you get another STI/STD.

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Some of the complications of PID are:

    • Formation of scar tissue both outside and inside the fallopian tubes that can lead to tubal blockage;
    • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus); can be life-threatening
    • Infertility (inability to get pregnant); Over 100,00 women in the US become infertile every year due to PID
    • Long-term pelvic/abdominal pain.
AGAIN, WHY SHOULD I CARE?

The risk of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) increases after an abortion, even a medical abortion. During an abortion, newly introduced bacteria or already existing bacteria can be pushed further up into your reproductive tract. IF you have untreated gonorrhea or chlamydia, you are up to 23% more likely to develop PID after an abortion. PID can be life-threatening or even fatal.

Do not risk your health.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we care about you, your health, and your safety.  We provide free gonorrhea and chlamydia testing. No matter what your pregnancy decision will be, your health is important to us. Call us at 757-591-8141 or click HERE to make an appointment for free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STI testing.

By Kinta, RN, BSN

May 24, 2021

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Four Tips for Telling Your Parents You’re Pregnant

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Four Tips for Telling Your Parents You're Pregnant

or anyone that played a role in raising you, a grandmother, auntie, step-parents, single parents...

They’ve known you all your life.  They are your biggest fans and, at times, your worst critics (at least that’s the way it may feel sometimes).  But through it all you know how much they love you.  You know that no matter what life throws at you, they’ve got your back.  But now that belief is going to be put to the test with an unplanned pregnancy.

In fact, just the thought of telling your parents you’re pregnant may be causing you more anxiety than the positive result from the free pregnancy test you just took.  You know you need their advice and, maybe you even need their help.  So it’s time to face the music. It’s time to muster the courage to have an incredibly awkward and difficult conversation.  Take a deep breath and consider these four tips.

First, choose the right time. Decide in advance how you will tell them.  Will it be in person?  In a handwritten note?  It goes without saying, a text might not be the best form of communication. Will you be alone?  Will someone be with you?  Will you be at home or somewhere else?  Will it be in the morning or evening?  Think through all of these details in advance. Choose a time and a place where you will have the chance to sit down and talk without any interruptions.  You want to be sure to provide space for them to process what you’ve said.

Second, choose the right words.  In sharing hard news, it’s sometimes tempting to try to play down your words (“It’s no big deal) or try to shift blame (“It really isn’t my fault”).  Resist the temptation to do either.  Instead, be real.  If you are feeling scared or overwhelmed, tell them.  They need to know how you are thinking and feeling so they can best help you.

Third, choose the right response.  Decide beforehand that you will remain calm and not allow the conversation to become a shouting match.  They may be upset and may yell.  They may yell a lot.  Remember that this is just their initial response.  Once they’ve had time to process, they will likely calm down and be ready to help you figure out what to do next.

Finally, choose to believe the best.  Your world is not coming to an end because of an unplanned pregnancy.  You have options.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, we provide a safe space for you to process your options, along with the medically accurate information you need to make an informed decision.  Call us today at 757-591-8141 or click here to schedule your free appointment.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

May 7, 2021

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My Choice

My choice matters, but I want to know all the facts before I make a decision
My choice matters, but I want to know all the facts before I make a decision

My Choice

"the right to choose what is best for you"

In the environment we live these days, personal choice and convenience are valued everywhere, including healthcare – especially when you’re seeking pregnancy services like an abortion consultation.  That’s why Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is a great choice for you.  We are private and convenient. We provide same-day or next-day appointments in a safe space where you get to talk and process your current situation.  No lectures here!  We know this is a scary time.  That’s why we put you first by giving you a safe space where you can step back, take a deep breath, and talk to someone who cares about how you feel and what you think.  

There are very few places that allow us as women to slow down and be heard.  As women, we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders and feel like we have to make quick decisions about everything; rarely having time to process what we are going through until after the fact.  In some cases, this is probably ok, but not this time.  

As a woman with the right to choose what is best for yourself, you also have the RIGHT to slow down and make sure that the choice you make is what you really want and not what you think others want.  You are pregnant! At some point, you are going to have to make a decision about what you are going to do with your pregnancy. 

Judgment-free, lecture-free. Process your pregnancy and all it entails, please call us at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic.  We are here for you. All of our services – including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds – are provided are at no cost to you. We will NOT financially benefit in any way from you coming to see us. That’s important because it shows you our agenda.

Our ONLY agenda is YOU!

Click here to make a no-cost appointment today – or give us a call at 757-591-8141.

By Kinta, RN, BSN

April 13, 2021

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Can I Bring a Guest?

Can I bring a guest to my appointment? Should I bring my baby's Dad?
Can I bring a guest to my appointment? Should I bring my baby's Dad?

Can I Bring A Guest?

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Every pregnancy, whether planned or unplanned, comes with a variety of unknown circumstances.  Trying to navigate this reality in the middle of a global pandemic can be daunting! Many women are finding themselves feeling very alone and unable to connect with others as usual.  Personal circumstances can range from not receiving adequate income due to being released from employment, not seeing your loved ones/friends as frequently or simply OVER being quarantined and unable to move about freely.  We care about you and want to offer you a safe place to process your feelings and learn all of your options. Alcove Health provides a judgement-free atmosphere where you can get help, find hope and be truly empowered!  

One of our goals is to ease your worries by welcoming one guest to support you during your appointment. Although children are not currently allowed, we encourage you to bring the father of the baby or a close friend or family member.  We are following all safety protocols established by the Virginia Department of Health which includes a COVID-19 screening when booking your appointment and upon arrival, temperatures being taken and masks worn at all times.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, our entire staff has been adhering to PPE (personal protective equipment) guidelines that include masking and frequent handwashing.  

We are here to help you consider the physical, emotional and spiritual components of your decision.  Call us today to make your appointment. Then, bring a guest with you to receive your free pregnancy test, free ultrasound, and connection with our network of 100+ community partners who also provide services in the community.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment today.

By Stephanie, Client Advocate

April 12, 2021

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Pregnancy and COVID-19

Pregnancy and COVID-19
Pregnancy and COVID-19

Pregnancy and Covid-19

Excited one moment? Fearful the next?

Think you might be pregnant? Excited one moment, but fearful the next? Unsure of exactly what you feel? If you’re seeking a free pregnancy test but also worried about COVID-19, the mix of emotions can be overwhelming. That’s because the information is rapidly changing and that can add stress to an already challenging situation.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, our doors have remained open throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to know we are here for you and we know this is a particularly stressful time to be facing an unplanned pregnancy. We also want you to know that we have taken extra precautions to ensure your health and safety.

    • Our staff ensures all of our surfaces are wiped down with antibacterial wipes following each client.
    • We have replaced outdated furniture and flooring in our waiting areas with medical-grade options that allow for a deeper clean.
    • We have added cleaning services that include disinfectant sprays.
    • Our staff is required to wear medical-grade masks at all times.
    • Finally, we are screening all of our clients for COVID -19 and have eliminated the potential for walk-ins.

We know this is a stressful time and we want to do everything we can to make your visit with us as stress-free as possible.  

If you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy, give us a call. We at Alcove Health in Newport News serve women with care and provide medically accurate information to help and give hope in the midst of this pandemic. Our services are free and confidential. We know you are concerned about this virus. We hear you. We provide a safe place for you to process all of your options. Click here to schedule an appointment.  

By Sheri, Client Advocate

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