If you’ve had a miscarriage, you might be feeling sad. If you were not intending to get pregnant, you might feel a combination of relief and sadness. These feelings are very common. Grieving a miscarriage can be especially hard because it’s often done privately. Likely not very many people knew you were pregnant. If you … Continue reading Why Do I Feel Sad?
“I’m late. The test stick says Positive. But I can’t be pregnant. Not now. Do I need to have an abortion? What do I do?” If these are the thoughts running through your head, there’s stuff you need to know, and there’s help. You won’t have an abortion today – it doesn’t happen that quickly. … Continue reading Thinking About an Abortion? 5 Important Things to Consider
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?
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?
Wondering what you can do to keep your baby safe? Start by following these six safety tips. (These tips are recommended by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month each September.): Direct supervision is a sure-fire way to prevent injury: Watch, listen and stay near your child. This first rule … Continue reading Is Your Baby Safe?
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…
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
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
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?
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?
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
Ever since babies have been born, babies have been worn. Mom or dad or another caregiver carries the baby close to his/her body using a long piece of fabric or a structured carrier. Babywearing has been handed down through generations in many cultures. But in Western culture, it fell out of practice many generations ago. … Continue reading How Do You “Wear” a Baby?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Meet Mitch, our new Fatherhood Specialist. Mitch is excited to meet with men who are the fathers in unintended pregnancies and offer a listening ear and support. He helps men work through their emotions and process the pregnancy decision. Mitch’s story began when his mom found out she was pregnant with him. His biological dad … Continue reading Meet Mitch
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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. 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
It was almost one week after my 21st birthday when I woke my husband up and said, “It’s time to go to the hospital.” I knew I was in labor with our first child. Twenty years ago, I didn’t know very much about having a baby, but that night, I knew I was going to … Continue reading 1 in 7 Feel Blue
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
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
What do you say when a friend tells you she might be pregnant? Recently I was talking with a woman I’ll call Leslie. Leslie was a client at First Care Clinic a couple years ago. Leslie told me that she wished more people knew about First Care Clinic. Then she told me why. Leslie has … Continue reading 5 Ways to Help a Friend
Meet Billie Jo, RN, BSN. Billie Jo has been a nurse for 16 years, beginning in neuro-medical surgery in 2001. In 2002, she began working in obstetrics at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. For the past 15 years, Billie Jo has worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, antepartum and NICU. She has served hundreds of … Continue reading Meet Billie Jo, RN, BSN
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?
Adoption Options and 3 Myths You Should Know — Adoption is not for everyone. In fact, fewer than 2% of unmarried women facing an unintended pregnancy choose to make an adoption plan. Contrary to popular opinion, most women who make an adoption plan are in their mid to late 20s or older. Adoption is never … Continue reading Parenting, Abortion and What?
Are you looking for “Mr. Right?” Often we think that if we just find the right person, life will be great. But what if Mr. Right turns out not to be so “right” after all? Or what if he’s mostly looking for what he can get from you? And truth be told, you’re looking for … Continue reading Looking for Mr. Right?
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”
Everybody loves Carol. So many patients on their exit reviews wrote their thanks to this caring nurse who serves in our clinic. Here are a few recent comments from Carol’s patients: “Thank you so much for making my visit here very comfortable, especially my nurse Carol.” “Carol was very kind, amazing.” “My nurse, Carol, was … Continue reading Everybody Loves Carol
Dads Matter. With Father’s Day just around the corner, it seems appropriate to turn our attention to Fatherhood. While our clinic provides medical services for women only, we do offer other services for the guys. If a man is trying to figure out his role when his girlfriend is pregnant or if he wants to … Continue reading Dads Matter
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?
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
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 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