Pregnancy Resource Centers
Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) have traditionally been known as "crisis pregnancy centers." Today PRC's may be referred to as: pregnancy help centers, pregnancy care centers, pregnancy medical clinics, or just pregnancy centers.
PRCs are typically faith-based, non-profit entities offering:
•Pregnancy options counseling
•STI testing, pregnancy tests
•Material assistance like diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, nursing supplies, baby clothes, maternity clothes, cribs, car seats
•Financial literacy classes
•Nutritional cooking classes
•Sexual risk avoidance education
•Abortion recovery counseling
•Optional Bible courses
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PRCs began in 1968, with the opening of Birthright in Toronto, Canada. Between 1969-1970 Birthright centers were opening in the United States, with locations in Atlanta and Chicago.
In May 1971, “Lifeline,” a pregnancy counseling hotline was opened in Los Angeles and received 759 calls for the remainder of that year.
In 1971, the Alternatives to Abortion International (now “Heartbeat International”), an affiliation organization for PHOs, was established in Ohio, consolidating the then 60-70 pregnancy testing centers and hotlines.
In 1980, the Evangelical Christian Action Council (now “Care Net”) opened its first pregnancy center in Baltimore, Maryland.
As the need for quality and unbiased medical services grew, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) was founded in 1993 to pioneer medical conversion of pregnancy help centers.
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To date, there are numerous pregnancy center affiliation organizations within the United States offering varying models to suit community needs.
As of 2019, an estimated 2,700 pregnancy centers are located in all 50 of the U.S. States and Washington D.C.
These pregnancy centers provided numerous services to over 1,848,376 clients, at little or no cost, totaling an estimated $266 million.
These services included, but were not limited to:
•Consulting with 967,251 new clients
•Providing 731,884 free pregnancy tests
•Performing 486,213 free ultrasounds
•Providing 160,201 tests for sexually transmitted infections
•Distributing over 4 million free baby items