I am Pregnant… How do I tell others?

You just found out you are pregnant, and it is not what you wanted or expected. You are still taking in the news and now you need to tell others. This maybe causing you great anxiety and mixed emotions.

Some questions you probably ask yourself are:
  • Where do I start?
  • How supportive they will be?
  • What will be their reaction?
  • How am I going to feel telling them I am pregnant?
 Something to consider before talking to family and friends are:
  • Is this the best time to let them know I am pregnant? Timing matters. You need to figure out if the environment is calm and free of distractions. You need their undivided attention, so make sure that when you approach them it is at a time where they can give you their undivided attention.
  • Am I feeling prepared if it’s not a positive response?
Formulate a plan on how you will talk to your friends and family:
  • You have the power to decide when it’s right for you to share that you are pregnant and how much information you wish to give.
  • Set boundaries. You do not have to answer all their questions and can end the conversation if you feel uncomfortable.
  • If the conversation takes a negative turn, it is okay to share how you are feeling and wanting to regroup and discuss it at a later date.

At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California , we can help you prepare and navigate these conversations . We provide you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with free services that include all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. When you are here your privacy is protected and everything you share with us is completely confidential. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

Text 760-208-8811 or schedule an appointment online today.

Pathway Health Clinic will continue to monitor and refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and our local public health agency to determine the safest course of action for our staff and patients.


Stuck at home?

Isolation and being stuck at home quarantined has been the country’s new normal recently. How does this affect our everyday lives?

According to the CDC, Isolation can cause stress for adults in the following areas:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions

Everyone reacts differently to situations and that is okay. The important part is to make sure you are taking care of yourself during this time. Taking care of yourself can help you cope with the stress and anxiety of isolation.

What are some ways you can cope with stress and anxiety at home?

  • Eating Healthy
  • Exercise
  • Maintain good sleeping habits
  • Journal
  • Reach out to friends and family through facetime, zoom or social media
  • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Make time to unwind and relax

At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California , we will be still offering you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with free services that include all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. When you are here your privacy is protected and everything you share with us is completely confidential. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

Call (760)208-8811  or schedule an appointment online today.

Pathway Health Clinic will continue to monitor and refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and our local public health agency to determine the safest course of action for our staff and patients.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Pregnancy

Not knowing if you are pregnant can be a scary time especially today when we have the chance of coming into contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below we have listed some facts from the CDC on pregnancy during Coronavirus (COVID-19).

What are the chances of pregnant women getting COVID-19?

Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher chance of developing the illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.

Can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid contact with COVID-19. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:

  • Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
    • Avoid people who are sick
    • Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand
Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?

The CDC does not know at this time if the Coronavirus would cause problems during pregnancy.

We understand the growing concern surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) across our communities and Pathway Health Clinic is passionate about the care we provide our patients at our clinic and as well as our patient’s health and safety.

At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California, we will be still offering you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with free services that include all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. When you are here your privacy is protected and everything you share with us is completely confidential. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

Text 760-208-8811 or schedule an appointment online today.

Pathway Health Clinic

Pathway Health Clinic, given the worsening situation with the Corona Virus, has decided to suspend normal operations. However, your care is extremely important to us. Please text 760-208-8811 to reach a trained Advocate who will assess your needs, and we will do everything in our power to accommodate you.

Your health and the health of our staff is of utmost importance. 
Thank you for trusting PHC with your care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We understand the growing concern surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) across our communities. Pathway Health Clinic is passionate about the care we provide our patients at our clinic. As well as our patient’s health and safety outside our clinic.

Standards Set

We want you to know we follow CDC guidelines regarding handwashing and cleaning. You are probably asking yourself what does this mean? The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) set cleaning and sanitation standards for our clinic that we use every day. As always, we provide hand sanitizer and masks for all our patients, visitors, and staff at our clinic. We also, work closely with our staff to ensure anyone who is not feeling well to stay home and rest for the safety and health of our patients, staff, and visitors of the clinic.

Our Services

At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California, we are available to offer you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with no-cost services that include all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. For instance, your privacy is completely confidential and everything you share with us is private. While here, our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you without your consent.
Call (760)-945-4673  or schedule an appointment online today. We also offer services in English and Spanish.

Pathway Health Clinic will continue to monitor and refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and our local public health agency to determine the safest course of action for our staff and patients.

Are you considering an abortion?

Your unplanned pregnancy might have you afraid and unprepared with the necessary information you need to make an informed decision. Many women do not have the proper information when they are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. As a result, they start considering abortion as an option

1. Have you had the pregnancy confirmed?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), if your home pregnancy test shows positive results, you should see a health care provider to confirm the result. For instance, a health care provider can help you determine how far along you are based on your last menstrual period.

2. Make sure your pregnancy is viable

Limited obstetrical ultrasounds done by licensed health care professionals can determine gestational age, intrauterine pregnancy, and fetal heart rate. Gestational age determines how many weeks pregnant you are and what your estimated due date is. Above all, a licensed medical professional will check for intrauterine pregnancy, which determines that the pregnancy is occurring in your uterus (ectopic pregnancy). Ectopic pregnancy (extrauterine pregnancy) is a life-threatening condition and you should be seen by a doctor right away. For instance, the lack of a fetal heart rate means you are experiencing pregnancy loss.  Early pregnancy loss (pregnancy loss during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy or first trimester) is common and happens in about 10% of known pregnancies. Miscarriage or spontaneous abortion is a form of early pregnancy loss. If your pregnancy is not viable, you will not need to have an abortion.

3. Have you been screened for STDs?

When you are pregnant, STD/STI testing is important because chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes (to name a few) are infections spread by sexual contact. If STD/STI’s are left untreated prior to abortion you can be at risk to further spread bacteria into your reproductive tract anytime the normal barrier created by the cervix is disturbed. Some STDs/STI’s are treatable while pregnant. Treating STD/STI’s before your abortion procedure will put you at less risk for complications from abortion than leaving yourself untreated.

At Pathway Healthcare Clinic in Vista, California, we offer you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with free services that include all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. Your privacy and information is completely confidential. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

Call (760)945-4673  or schedule an appointment online today. We offer services in English and Spanish.

I am in college, what are my pregnancy options?

I am in college, what are my pregnancy options?

Being a college student comes with a lot of responsibilities and can some times be stressful. What happens if in addition to college responsibilities you find out you maybe pregnant?
There are so many factors to consider. Each person’s circumstances are extremely personal to their situation. One thing every woman who is pregnant has in common is pregnancy options.

What are my pregnancy options?

Pregnancy options are what you ultimately choose to do with your pregnancy when you are not pregnant anymore, or decide that you no longer want to be pregnant. Every pregnant woman has three pregnancy options- in alphabetical order- they are abortion, adoption, and parenting.

But what do each of those options mean?

Abortion- abortion is an option to end the pregnancy. You can have a medical abortion or a surgical abortion.

Adoption- Placing for adoption means that the baby will be born, but it will not be raised by its biological parents. You can have an open adoption, a semi-open adoption, or closed adoption.

Parenting- Parenting means that the baby will be born, and the biological parents will also raise the child.

While these options may seem simple, they are complex and oftentimes emotionally difficult.

If you have additional questions about your options, we encourage you to explore the “Options Education” tab on our website or call us to make an appointment to discuss your options. At Pathway Health Clinic, we have Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals who can help you explore all of your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To make an appointment, call us at 760-945-4673 or walk-in during clinic hours. If you are in a crisis, you can text our 24/7 crisis text line at 760-208-8811 and an advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Pregnancy Myths for Military

Upon joining a branch of service or marrying into the military, moving away from all your friends and family is always a huge adjustment. So, what happens when you or someone close to you think you may be pregnant?

One of the first things we do when we are faced with any situation is we turn to the internet to research what to do next. The internet can provide us with a ton of helpful information. In contrast, it can also lead us to read into the pregnancy myths of the dark web. It can also cause unnecessary anxiety in our thoughts. 

So what are the most common pregnancy myths related the military?

Myth 1: Military life is incompatible with having a family: This is a false statement. The military is a very family-oriented organization. From battalion family fun days to community housing events; the military focuses on the families of those who serve. According to the Department of Defense, 52% of the military is made up of families, married or single and raising children. This is 4 % higher than the national average 48%.

Myth 2: You get penalized if you get pregnant: This statement is false. Just like if you were working in the civilian workplace, their are certain rules to follow in the workplace to maintain a safe and healthy pregnancy. The military puts you on light duty after you reach a certain point in your pregnancy. The military has amazing groups such as Baby Boot Camp, through the Navy Relief Society that helps parents budget for baby, learn basic child safety and are given a basket full of newborn goodies. Your command will usually allow you or your spouse to take time off of work to attend these life skill classes.

Myth 3: Once I have my baby I have to return right back to Active Duty! This statement is false. According to the Department of Defense, military women have better maternity leave options than civilian working moms. The DOD policy is the military women get 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. However, each branch of service has additional leave which can be up to 20 weeks of paid leave. The civilian law (Family Medical Leave Act) provides for up to 12 weeks for employers to allow their female employees during pregnancy.

Myth 4: My spouse will not receive paternity leave. This statement is also false. Married fathers on active duty can get up to 10 days of paternity leave. They must be taken within 60 days of the child’s birth.

  If you think you or someone you know are pregnant, there are community resources outside Camp Pendleton that can help provide no-cost pregnancy testing and are 100% confidential.  At Pathway Health Clinic, we respect your privacy. We do not report your visit to command or Tricare unless you have provided us with written consent and authorization. All our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals can help you explore all your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To make an appointment, call us at 760-945-4673 or walk-in during clinic hours. If you are in a crisis, you can text our 24/7 crisis text line at 760-208-8811. An advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Wednesday, November 27th,       9 AM- 3 PM

November 28th 2019- December 1st 2019 we will be closed

Also, we will re open on Monday December 2nd 2019 at 9 AM- 4 PM

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If you need assistance after hours we are available through our text line at 760-208-8811