AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center

To Equip with Truth and Empower with Hope

aka AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center   |   Winchester, VA   |  www.abbacare.org

Mission

AbbaCare, Inc. is a Christ-centered organization which exists to encourage sexual integrity, empower life-affirming pregnancy and parenting decisions, and strengthen relationships through its medical services, education, and resources.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Nikki Morelli

Main address

200 Weems Lane

Winchester, VA 22601 USA

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EIN

54-1427080

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pregnant women who come to AbbaCare are often uninformed or misinformed about their current pregnancy stage and about what's currently happening in their bodies. Some report feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty about raising a baby and being a successful parent. Additionally, while there is good news that the teen pregnancy rate in the US is at a record low, STI rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are at an all-time high. Fifteen to 24-year-olds account for half of all new infections each year (CDC 2017 statistics). Consultations with our medical staff consistently reveal that the majority of clients are unaware of their current infection status or are unaware of or misinformed about their STI/STD level of risk.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pregnancy Testing and Ultrasounds

AbbaCare provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds as well as medically accurate information on all pregnancy options for women who are not currently under a doctor's care and who are uninsured or under-insured. Clients are informed that AbbaCare is a life-affirming medical center and does not recommend or refer for abortion.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Students

AbbaCare provides free STI/STD testing and treatment for women and men. We test for 7 STDS and treat for 3. We provide referrals for needs beyond our scope of treatment.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Taught by a certified childbirth instructor/nurse, these free 4 two-hour sessions help moms (and dads) prepare for their childbirth/delivery experience by replacing the fear/tension/pain cycle with confidence/relaxation/comfort. Topics includes signs of and coping strategies for labor, potential birth intervention procedures, postpartum expectations, characteristics of newborns, and more.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

These free 1-hour sessions are open to both mothers and fathers and include topics like baby massage, baby sign language, nutrition, calming techniques for baby, making "Me Time" for mom, discipline and boundaries, healthy relationships, recognizing safety threats, infant bonding, and more.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

Designed for women who struggle with a past abortion, these free support group sessions are highly confidential and explore the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of moving past the sadness and regret that some women experience.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Focused on middle and high school youth, these presentations explore self-worth and value, goal setting, decision-making skills, healthy vs."red flag" relationships, best choices for sexual health, and sexual risk avoidance.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AbbaCare seeks to empower life-affirming pregnancy and parenting decisions, encourage sexual integrity, and strengthen relationships.

AbbaCare's free medical services (pregnancy testing, confirmation ultrasounds, STI testing/treatment) not only address the current needs of women and men who have no insurance and who are not under a doctor's care but provide the opportunity for patients to connect with a medical professional to ask questions, gain information, and pursue continuing education for a healthier future.

Free pregnancy testing appointments educate women about all of their pregnancy options and engage them on several levels including helping them evaluate their own potential support system and their personal wellness and safety in current relationships.

Free childbirth classes at AbbaCare are medically accurate and taught by a licensed childbirth instructor with the intent of taking the fear and insecurity out of the childbirth process and replacing it with confidence and serenity through education, exercises, and skills.

Free parenting classes not only help moms-to-be build community with other women in the same life stage but offer meaningful instruction on topics that benefit women individually as well as in their mother-baby relationship. Topics include breastfeeding, baby sign language, identifying unique cries of infants, calming techniques for mother and baby, making time for yourself, etc. We also provide essential baby items such as car seats to class attendees.

Free STI testing and treatment appointments include results of a 7-test panel and in-house treatment for three. Referrals are given for needs beyond our scope of treatment. STI appointments include a consultation with a medical professional who provides information on risk exposure and extends an opportunity to discuss best choices for future sexual health.

Our WorthWaiting4 program of free in-school presentations to middle-schoolers offers positive messages of self worth and sexual integrity that encourage teens and pre-teens to feel confident in their personal value, to respect others, and to look forward to the possibility of bright futures with hope and optimism.

Aside from our center's nurse manager and one part time nurse, AbbaCare currently enjoys the volunteer partnership of 11 medical personnel including 1 physician who oversees our center, 2 radiologists who read our ultrasound scans, 2 physicians who see and treat STI patients, 1 physician's assistant and 1 nurse practitioner who see and treat STI patients, 3 registered nurses who see pregnancy patients for pregnancy testing and education, and 1 registered nurse/childbirth educator who leads our childbirth classes. Non-medical staff includes 5 trained client advocates who provide individual as well as classroom education. We partner with a local lab who processes our blood work samples and sends the results directly to us so patients can be seen, treated or referred by our medical professionals.

In addition to being funded by donations, we receive a grant from a network of hospitals that supports our sexual integrity program in local schools. Our WorthWaiting4 team includes 4 women who facilitate presentations in several public schools, private schools and organizations in our area.

AbbaCare is funded entirely through donations and grants and receives no government funding.

Through exit surveys, pregnancy test clients often express gratitude for having their pregnancy test read by a medical professional. Ultrasound patients state that being able to see the fetus on the ultrasound relieved certain fears or answered medical questions for them. Childbirth and parenting class attendees communicate feeling empowered and less fearful of the delivery process, and parenting class attendees report an increased knowledge and understanding of infant care as well as a new confidence in their ability to successfully parent.

WorthWaiting4 responses are unique in their before-and-after notations and regularly show that more than 80% of students who participated in the program claimed a better understanding of how to make healthier decisions in the future, of feeling that their life has value, and of feeling that they are better equipped to respond to peer pressure. More than 90% say that they now believe (post-program) in the importance of being involved in healthy relationships.

AbbaCare sees more than 500 patients each year at our center, and the implementation of our STI testing and treatment program in 2017 allowed us to begin seeing men for medical treatment for the first time. Expanding our center's reach and offering additional pregnancy services are all under consideration for the future of AbbaCare.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women and men facing unplanned pregnancy.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Larry Santmyer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
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Decline to state

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