Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy in the Military

Joining a branch in the United States Military is very rewarding especially when you are straight out of high school and experiencing being on your own for the first time. Once you have completed the training required you have the privilege to become apart of a family that will last a lifetime. During your time on active duty, you will be apart of your family members lives which include weddings, promotions, and celebrating births within your family. So, what happens when you or someone close to you think you may be pregnant? According to a military blog, women in the military still report higher rates of unplanned pregnancy than their civilian peers. Is this a bad thing? Not at all, it just means we need to educate ourselves on being pregnant in the military. According to Ibis Reproductive Health’s analysis of Department of Defense data, about 11 percent of active-duty military women reported an unintended pregnancy in 2008 and 7 percent reported an unintended pregnancy in 2011—in both years, this was far more than the general population.

One of the biggest fears for military women is exposing this unplanned pregnancy to their chain of command and risk being non-deployable or non-promotable. In these cases, 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 and 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 and an advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Is Pathway Health Clinic Right for You?

We understand what you are going through. 

When you’re worried that you may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, want answers to your questions quickly, and don’t want anyone to know- where do you go? 

Your unplanned pregnancy might have you afraid. While you are figuring out your pregnancy options, and possibly putting an abortion plan together you can schedule an appointment for a NO COST pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy and discuss your options with our licensed medical professional. The information below can help you by answering some of the most frequently asked questions, women, like you have been typing into their phones in Vista.

  • Will Pathway Health Clinic tell anyone that I came in for a pregnancy test or information about abortion in Vista?

We are here for YOU. You do not have to worry about anyone finding out what options you are considering when you make an appointment with us. 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.

  • I’m a minor- do I need to have an adult or parent with me if I am considering abortion in Vista?

At your appointment, you do NOT need to have an adult, parent, or guardian with you. Again, we are here for YOU. We are able to get you the information you need to assess the situation, make an informed decision, and decide your next steps. However, of course, you can bring someone with you to your appointment if that makes you more comfortable! Even if you are a minor we are still able to offer you a NO COST pregnancy test. At your appointment, you can talk to a licensed medical professional about your pregnancy options- including abortion. We can even accommodate your school schedule if you are a student, so please let us know when making an appointment. We are a safe place for you to gather all the information for your specific situation, so our staff will never pressure you into any decision regarding your pregnancy or abortion.

  • Will appointments show up on insurance paperwork that comes in the mail or email?

Our best asset, next to the compassionate and high-quality care we offer, is that all of our services are NO COST to you- meaning we don’t collect insurance information at all. Because of generous supporters in Vista, you have access to medical professionals that are here to help you navigate pregnancy and abortion decisions. We will never contact you without your consent.

We are here for YOU! So, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to do this alone. Our pro-woman services are for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy who is considering abortion in the North County San Diego area. 


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.

Are you Undecided About Having 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 and start considering abortion as an option, causing you to keep all of your emotions to yourself, because you may not want anyone else to know that you’re pregnant and thinking about abortion. Bottling up your emotions and feelings can have you start withdrawing from your friends and family in fear of judgment. You might think that you’re all alone on this journey, and that can be a pretty dark place for anyone. It is okay to want to keep this pregnancy a secret, but there are trained professionals who can work with you to help you so you do not have to worry about anyone finding out what options you are considering what your final decision will be.

Women who are facing an accidental pregnancy and trying to decide if abortion is their best option, do NOT have to walk this path alone.”

Let this be encouraging for you to hear— Women who are facing an accidental pregnancy and trying to decide if abortion is their best option, do NOT have to walk this path alone.

When you’re making a decision about abortion, you need to remember a few simple things:

  • Give yourself time: You might feel like you just need to get this taken care of and quickly— however, it’s best to allow yourself the time to make the best decision for you and your situation. Don’t settle for low-quality care by going to a clinic that pressures you into a decision so they can hurry to the next patient. You as a patient deserve better than that no matter how desperate you feel.
  • Recognize that you need a no-pressure environment: You need a safe place where you can discuss your options for your unplanned pregnancy with people you can trust, who will not try to make a decision for you. Sometimes, well-meaning friends and family can make you feel uncomfortable when they have a strong opinion on the matter. Finding an accredited medical clinic will give you the confidence in knowing that the quality of care you are receiving is judgment-free and held to the highest level of patient care.
  • Don’t pay for anything you don’t need to: According to Web MD, did you know that up to half of all pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage? Did you know that there are exams that can evaluate if you are at risk for a possible miscarriage?  There’s no need to pay for a procedure that you may not even need if your body is preparing for a miscarriage. There are women’s health centers in your area you can go to that will check on this for you without charging for these services.

There’s a place that can help you with everything listed above. At Pathway Health 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. 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.

So, what are you waiting for? We’re ready for you! Call (760)945-4673  or schedule an appointment online today. We offer services in English and Spanish.

The ABC’s when Considering Abortion?

The ABC’s when considering abortion in Vista

A- Assess the Situation

Decisions are best made when you have all the facts.

  • Do you think you might be pregnant? Have you taken a lab-quality pregnancy test? Of course at home pregnancy tests are extremely convenient. I mean, you can go to your local dollar store and find one! When thinking about the words “cheap and convenient”, do they bring to mind the concept of quality? Peace of mind? The answer is probably no, but in Vista, there are better options for lab-quality pregnancy tests when considering abortion . At PHC, we have lab quality pregnancy tests that are administered by licensed and experienced health care professionals.
  • Could this pregnancy end in miscarriage? Most women are unaware of how common miscarriages are. According to Mayo Clinic, about 10-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. By getting a limited sonogram exam from a licensed professional, you can know how your body is responding to the pregnancy. This is the best way for you to get information about signs for miscarriage and if your body may be preparing for a miscarriage.
  • Have you been tested recently for STD’s? It is extremely important that you are screened and possibly treated for any active STD or STI when you are considering abortion. With the highest numbers reported, gonorrhea and chlamydia numbers are on the rise. It is vital you know with great certainty if you have an active STD or STI. Not knowing prior to an abortion procedure can put your future health and possibly your life at risk.

B- Be Calm.

Why? Because you are about to know where you can get those necessary, high-quality services mentioned above through our NO COST pregnancy tests and limited-obstetrical ultrasounds. Through these no-cost services, you will be able to make an informed decision as you are considering abortion.

C- Contact us to get started.

We can offer NO-COST pregnancy evaluation services because we are a non-profit, pro-women’s pregnancy medical clinic who specializes in unplanned pregnancies and pregnancy options. Because we do not gain any profit from abortion decisions or any pregnancy decision, you can know with incredible confidence that our only objective is to serve you and help you make the best decision for you.

So, what’s stopping you? We are ready for you! Call at (760) 945-4673 Mondays and Wednesdays 9 AM-4 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 PM- 7:30 pm, or make an appointment request online.

Thinking about an abortion appointment in Vista?

Are you experiencing an unintended pregnancy? Are you feeling rushed to terminate your pregnancy? The following information will help you be informed when scheduling any abortion procedure in Vista, or considering the pregnancy options available to you.

Know for sure you are pregnant.

Maybe you have taken an at home pregnancy test that came up positive. Have you had a lab-quality pregnancy test yet? 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. A health care provider can help you determine how far along you are.

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. 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. 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. Early pregnancy loss is also called miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. If your pregnancy is not viable, you will not need to have an abortion.

Have you been checked for STI/STD’s?

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.  You can be treated for certain STD/STI’s while pregnant. Treating STD/STI’s before your abortion procedure will put you at less risk for complications from abortion than leaving yourself untreated.

Check in with yourself and your partner.

Your age, values, beliefs, health, current situation and future goals all play a role in your pregnancy decision. You have three options, parenting, adoption, and abortion, and you don’t need to rush into choosing. Make sure you are comfortable with your decision. How will you feel about this decision in 6 months? Or in 5 years and beyond?  

At Pathway Health Clinic our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals are trained to be compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners who will take the time to hear from you and help you and address any concerns you might have with your pregnancy options or abortion procedure.

You Asked. We Answered, Vista.

We understand what you are going through.

When you’re worried that you may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, want answers to your questions quickly, and don’t want anyone to know- where do you go?

Your unplanned pregnancy might have you afraid. While you are figuring out your pregnancy options, and possibly putting an abortion plan together you can schedule an appointment for a NO COST pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy and discuss your options with our licensed medical professional. The information below can help you by answering some of the most frequently asked questions, women, like you have been typing into their phones in California.

  • Will Pathway Health Clinic tell anyone that I came in for a pregnancy test or information about abortion in Vista?

We are here for YOU. You do not have to worry about anyone finding out what options you are considering when you make an appointment with us. 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.

  • I’m a minor- do I need to have an adult or parent with me if I am considering abortion in Vista?

At your appointment, you do NOT need to have an adult, parent, or guardian with you. Again, we are here for YOU. We are able to get you the information you need to assess the situation, make an informed decision, and decide your next steps. However, of course, you can bring someone with you to your appointment if that makes you more comfortable! Even if you are a minor we are still able to offer you a NO COST pregnancy test. At your appointment, you can talk to a licensed medical professional about your pregnancy options- including abortion. We can even accommodate your school schedule if you are a student, so please let us know when making an appointment. We are a safe place for you to gather all the information for your specific situation, so our staff will never pressure you into any decision regarding your pregnancy or abortion.

  • Will appointments show up on insurance paperwork that comes in the mail or email?

Our best asset, next to the compassionate and high-quality care we offer, is that all of our services are NO COST to you- meaning we don’t collect insurance information at all. Because of generous supporters in Vista, you have access to medical professionals that are here to help you navigate pregnancy and abortion decisions. We will never contact you without your consent.

We are here for YOU! So, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to do this alone. Our pro-woman services are for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy who is considering abortion in the North County San Diego area. To have more of your questions answered, make an appointment with us today!

What are my pregnancy options?

Unintended pregnancy is scary. It can be life-changing. 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 pregnancy options?

A pregnancy option is what you ultimately choose to do after you give birth, 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 a closed adoption.

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

While these options may seem simple, they are complex and often times 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.

Is smoking Safe During Pregnancy?

Recently, we have had a lot of questions at our center about smoking during pregnancy – “Is it safe?” “Should I stop?”

The short answer about smoking during pregnancy would be “No” it is not safe. According to the CDC (2017) women who smoke during pregnancy are at increased risk for pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and even ectopic pregnancies (CDC, 2017). This is just to name a few of the complications provided by the CDC (2017).

 Smoking (no matter the substance) will affect mother and baby differently depending on the health history of the mom. Marijuana use is on the rise in many states today and with all the publicity it may be an easy choice to choose marijuana over cigarettes; however, according to the CDC marijuana use during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby’s health. “The chemicals in marijuana (in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) pass through your system to your baby and can negatively affect your baby’s development” (CDC, 2017, pdf). Each side effect (whether cigarettes or marijuana) will not affect everyone, but it could affect you or someone you know if you are currently smoking while pregnant. The CDC offers hope that if you decide to quit smoking that your chances of health complications are greatly reduced (CDC, 2017).

If you find yourself thinking that smoking is not for you, talk to your doctor about the best way to quit smoking. Quitting cold turkey may not be an option right now but a game plan to protect your health is worth considering. If you are not under a doctor’s care or simply would like to speak with one of our nurses, please feel free to call us [760.945.4673]. We will work with you to set up a time for you to meet with a nurse.

*All information provided in this article can be found on the CDC Website and was approved by our Nurse Rebecca.

References

Center for Disease Control. (2017). Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm

Center for Disease Control. (2017). What You Need To Know About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy? Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/pdf/marijuana-pregnancy-508.pdf

 

Often when someone goes in for a checkup or a procedure, the patient will seek to find out the most information about what is going on in their body as they can. As for any test, Ultrasound is a tool to learn everything we can about your pregnancy. It is a tool that could also be used to help you make an informed decision regarding your pregnancy.

At the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) we perform FREE limited obstetrical ultrasounds in order to:

  • Confirm pregnancy
  • Detect fetal heart beat
  • Determine fetal age
  • Determine due date
  • Determine if it’s a multiple birth pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Determine the location of the pregnancy (intrauterine/ectopic)

The ultrasound examination is not intended to determine the sex of the baby, nor will PRC diagnose any potential abnormalities and/or problems. We cannot perform an ultrasound if a client is already under the care of an OB/GYN for this pregnancy.

What Is An Ultrasound?

Ultrasound exams are a very simple procedure that consists of sound waves that bounce off the tissue and produce a picture on the screen. They are not x-rays and do not harm the baby or the mother. The PRC staff will provide any pre-instructions for an exam.

How to receive an Ultrasound:

Receiving an ultrasound at PRC is always a two-appointment process.

During the first free appointment, a free pregnancy test and consultation are given. We like to get to know our clients and establish a personal history and background. Then, if the pregnancy test is positive, the client will be assessed for receiving a free ultrasound. If eligible, a second appointment will be scheduled.

Pregnancy Test and Consultation appointments last about 30 minutes and the second ultrasound appointment lasts about an hour.

PRC is open for Pregnancy Tests and Consultations on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-4pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-8pm, and Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Ultrasounds are scheduled in our center based on availability.

Pathway Health Clinic  is here to walk alongside you and it is our goal to help you make the most informed choice possible. If you think you might be pregnant and are interested in having an ultrasound done, call our center at (760) 945-4673 or text us at (760) 208-8811. 

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