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.
  • You can 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 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.


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 COVID-19 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.

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 but it can also lead us to read into the myths of the dark web and cause unnecessary anxiety in our thoughts. 

So what are the most common myths related to pregnancy and 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, which 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 and 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 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.

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 but it can also lead us to read into the myths of the dark web and cause unnecessary anxiety in our thoughts. 

So what are the most common myths related to pregnancy and 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, which 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 and 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 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?

Have you ever been to a place where your confidentiality was ignored or neglected? Ever feel uncomfortable opening up because you couldn’t trust the person with who you were speaking? Pregnancy, relationships, STD information, or parenting concerns are all topics that we can assist with at the Pathway Health Clinic in a safe and confidential environment. 

At Pathway Health Clinic, you will have confidence that all your information will be kept in a secure, confidential file that is only accessed by authorized personnel. Our services are dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients.

How does Pathway Health Clinic keep my information private?

  • Every volunteer and staff member is screened thoroughly to ensure that they will always meet the needs of our patients
  • Every Advocate and Nurse are trained under an accredited program to ensure professionalism and proficiency.
  • Every client file is kept locked in a secure cabinet that only authorized personnel have access.
  • Clients meet with an advocate in a private room that allows the client to speak freely.

If there ever was a concern by the client that confidentiality or any other matter was not met, we offer a confidential survey that can be filled out before leaving.

Our best asset, next to the compassionate and high-quality care we offer, is that all of our services are NO COST to you.

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 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.

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.