Safe or Unsafe?

Are you safe in your relationship? What makes a relationship healthy? Or what makes it unhealthy and even potentially dangerous? Healthy relationships are built on mutual trust, honest communication, and respect for one another. This is true in romantic relationships, friendships and family relationships. Trust, honesty and respect are needed in any type of relationship … Continue reading Safe or Unsafe?

I’m Pregnant. How Do I Tell My Parents?

Destiny* was pregnant and afraid to tell her family. How would they react? Would they kick her out of the house? Would they be disappointed in her or angry? Being unexpectedly pregnant and being afraid or anxious about telling parents or other family members is very common. Destiny is like many women we see in … Continue reading I’m Pregnant. How Do I Tell My Parents?

It’s My Choice. Except…

Abortion. It’s a woman’s choice, right? Legally, yes. But what if you aren’t sure that abortion is the right choice for you – and someone else thinks it is? Are you feeling pressured to have an abortion? Know that in Wisconsin, you have the legal right to make a decision about your pregnancy, even if … Continue reading It’s My Choice. Except…

7 Tips for Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

If you are pregnant, you are likely getting advice from all corners. Hopefully you’re getting good advice from your doctor and nurses. And then everyone from your mother, sisters and friends to that person you just met in the check-out line at the grocery store may also want to chime in. You’ll likely see ads … Continue reading 7 Tips for Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Surprising Ways Breastfeeding Benefits Mom & Baby

We are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7, 2018. This celebration is to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. It is also to advocate for support of all mothers and their children in breastfeeding. This annual celebration began in 1992 and is observed in over 120 countries. It is coordinated by the World … Continue reading Surprising Ways Breastfeeding Benefits Mom & Baby

Need a Safe Place for a New Start?

Are you pregnant? Not sure you have a safe place to live during your pregnancy or after your baby is born? Perhaps the father of your baby does not want you to stay, now that you’ve decided to keep your baby. You might be staying with a friend or a family member. They may not … Continue reading Need a Safe Place for a New Start?

What are Early Signs of Pregnancy?

You’ve had sex and you’re wondering if you might be pregnant. You want to find out as soon as possible. And you’re not sure — what are the early signs of pregnancy? This is a very common question. And with good reason. Being pregnant can be a significant, life-changing event. Whether you’d desperately like to … Continue reading What are Early Signs of Pregnancy?

Dads Matter: 3 Reasons You’ll Want to be Involved

You matter. As a man and a dad, I admit, we don’t hear this message enough. In fact, far too often we receive the opposite message: “You’re the problem.” Or “It’s her choice; she doesn’t need you.” Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, research demonstrates that you matter to three very important … Continue reading Dads Matter: 3 Reasons You’ll Want to be Involved

No More Procrastinating! Take Control of Your Health

It’s so easy to put off things we know we “should” do.  It’s especially easy to just let the months and years go by without scheduling doctor appointments when we feel pretty much fine. But, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Take control of your health this Women’s Health Week and do what you need to … Continue reading No More Procrastinating! Take Control of Your Health

5 Ways to Get Ready for Prom

Are you making plans for prom? Prom is a night for a young woman to get dressed up and look, feel and be beautiful. Whether you’re headed to prom with a date or with friends, it can be a night to do something special and have fun with those around you. While you’re doing your … Continue reading 5 Ways to Get Ready for Prom

Ashamed to Ask About STDs?

Perhaps you’ve heard that STDs are a serious and growing problem. Maybe you know that young people between the ages of 15-24 account for half of the 20 million new STD infections that occur in the U.S. each. And you might have heard that one in four sexually active adolescent females has an STD. But … Continue reading Ashamed to Ask About STDs?

Four Ways to Encourage Expecting Fathers to Step Up

Being pregnant is about more than having a baby. During the first nine months, a mother’s body adapts and changes so that she can nurture and care for her baby. And then the baby is born, and it’s over…right? Of course not. A new life has been born into the world. Even though her body … Continue reading Four Ways to Encourage Expecting Fathers to Step Up

Eating Right (and What to Avoid) During Pregnancy

You know it’s important to eat right when you’re pregnant. But what does that mean? Mom probably told you to eat your vegetables, which is a good start. But if you’re pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s time to learn more about nutrition during pregnancy. Good nutrition is important for overall health during our … Continue reading Eating Right (and What to Avoid) During Pregnancy

3 Tips to Enjoy – and Not Regret – Spring Break

Spring Break is just around the corner. Spring Break can be a time to relax, stop thinking about school for a few days and have fun. For some, it means going to a Florida beach and partying. Drinking and enjoying time with your friends or significant other might make for a few days of fun. … Continue reading 3 Tips to Enjoy – and Not Regret – Spring Break

7 Reasons to NOT Have Sex on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about romance. Roses, chocolate and sex are big items of the day. But if you’re not in a long term committed relationship (marriage), you would do well to think again about having sex to celebrate the day. Stick with the roses, chocolate and a romantic dinner. Here are seven reasons why … Continue reading 7 Reasons to NOT Have Sex on Valentine’s Day

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is one of five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer … Continue reading January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Help! I Might Need the Morning After Pill

What is emergency contraception? How does it work? When can I take it? How effective is it? What’s the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill? What if I’m pregnant? If you’ve had unprotected sex questions like these may be swirling through your mind. Or you might be wondering these things if … Continue reading Help! I Might Need the Morning After Pill

Five Things Every Woman Needs (Whether She Has a Significant Other or Not)

Whether or not you are in a relationship, there are five things you need to be your best self and to be a great friend, girlfriend or wife. Be Confident in yourself. Focus on your skills and talents. Work hard and be proud of what you accomplish. Don’t compare yourself to other women, be it … Continue reading Five Things Every Woman Needs (Whether She Has a Significant Other or Not)

Figuring Out What’s Best for You

Chloe* found First Care Clinic, saw that it had great reviews, and tells of her experience with welcoming and helpful staff. She talks about walking through best and worst case scenario and sorting out her options. If you think you might be pregnant and are looking for someone to talk to — someone who won’t … Continue reading Figuring Out What’s Best for You

5 Things to Consider When Making a Pregnancy Decision

If you think you might be pregnant and you weren’t planning on it, your mind may be swirling with all kinds of thoughts. “I can’t be pregnant. Not now.” “I was on birth control. How is this possible?” “How can I care for another child?” “What about finishing school?” “How will I tell my parents?” … Continue reading 5 Things to Consider When Making a Pregnancy Decision

When Life is Hard – Be Thankful

Tips for Being Thankful Even When Things Aren’t Going So Well The coming of the holiday season can be a time of great joy for many. It can also be a time of stress, emotional challenges and difficult circumstances. Holidays with family can be a stressful time if family relationships are strained. Or if one … Continue reading When Life is Hard – Be Thankful

I Can’t Be Pregnant

“I can’t be pregnant. Not right now.” “I have plans. And I can’t afford a baby.” Perhaps you or someone you know is having thoughts like these. You may wonder what to do next. Should I have an abortion? Parent? Or maybe consider making an adoption plan? All of these sound like hard choices. Where … Continue reading I Can’t Be Pregnant

A Secret to Transform Your Relationship

After the birth of our second child, my husband and I struggled. Our relationship got harder as the demands on our time multiplied. During this time, we learned a “secret” that was part of what transformed our relationship. This remarkable idea was that each person feels and expresses love primarily in one or more of … Continue reading A Secret to Transform Your Relationship

Introducing Katie

Katie, our new Education Manager, has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2009. She is also a childbirth educator. Katie first volunteered for our clinic as a childbirth educator in 2011-2012. When Katie graduated from high school, she began working for the Salvation Army in their youth programming. In 2009, while taking a college … Continue reading Introducing Katie

Wondering How You Can Afford a Child?

Raising a child comes with expenses and commitments. Trying to make your budget work to care for a new baby can be a challenge. But there are ways to make it work — even if money is tight. Here are 7 ways to save money that can help you make ends meet with your growing … Continue reading Wondering How You Can Afford a Child?

Chloe’s “Best Decision She Ever Made”

Chloe* had been feeling really sick for about six weeks – so sick she spent most of her time on the couch. A medical appointment found nothing wrong and Chloe soon began to feel better. Chloe and her best friend, Allison*, decided to vacation in the Madison area. While on the drive, Allison asked Chloe … Continue reading Chloe’s “Best Decision She Ever Made”

Think You Might Be Pregnant?

Being pregnant can be an exciting, scary or overwhelming time – especially if you think you might be pregnant and weren’t intending to become pregnant right now. Even if you feel like your world is a bit out of control, there are people who can help you figure out whether or not you’re pregnant and … Continue reading Think You Might Be Pregnant?

Meet Tanis, Clinic Director

This week is National Nurses Week, which is celebrated every year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. During this week we would like to introduce you to our Clinic Director, Tanis Jean-Louis, RN. When Tanis finished high school, she planned to become an interior designer, but her plans changed … Continue reading Meet Tanis, Clinic Director

Questions about STDs?

Do you have questions about STDs? Or wonder if you might have one and not know it? April is STD Awareness Month. There is good reason to be aware of the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Infection rates in the United States continue to climb. Young people aged 15-24 account for about … Continue reading Questions about STDs?

Welcome

Welcome to First Care Clinic, one of the most trusted women’s health clinics in Madison, WI for over 30 years! Our medical professional provide compassionate medical care, free of charge and confidentially. If you are experiencing signs of pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms or thinking about abortion, call us. We are available to discuss your options, listen to … Continue reading Welcome