Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy in College

An unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming especially when it happens in college. Even though it may feel like it, your life is not over. You are not alone and you have options available.  It may not be the exact path that you thought you would follow, but everyday life and responsibilities do carry on. You can still finish your college degree.

One of the biggest fears for women in college is exposing this unplanned pregnancy to their friends and family. Additionally, not being able to continue their college education. 

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.

There are community resources outside your college campus 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 anyone 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. 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. While 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. Because we risk being non-deployable or non-promotable. In these cases, there are community resources outside Camp Pendleton. Places 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. An advocate will respond. We are here to help you.

Helping With Your “What If” Mindset

We as women tend to carry a lot of weight on our shoulders. Sometimes, we have a hard time reaching out for help or just talk to someone.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, we can all relate to this feeling at least once in our lives. We replay situations and conversations and can usually imagine at least 3 or more different scenarios’ of how it “could have been” or asking “what if?”.  Have you done this before? 

What if right now your current weight on your shoulders is an unplanned pregnancy? When we are overwhelmed our minds tend to start overthinking situations when we are overwhelmed. This makes it very difficult to come up with the best option for ourselves.

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 we protect your privacy 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. All our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals can help you explore all your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To schedule an appointment, call our office at 760.945.4673 or schedule an appointment online today.

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

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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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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C- Contact us to get started.
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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.

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?

Pregnancy 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%.

Pregnancy 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. In this program the Navy Relief Society helps parents budget for baby, learn basic child safety and give out baskets 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.

Pregnancy 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.

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. The father must take those 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. 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.

You asked, We answered Vista!

Your unplanned pregnancy might have you nervous and not knowing what to expect. 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 professionals. The information below can help you by answering some of the most frequently asked questions, women have been searching about in the North County San Diego area.

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

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  California?

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. Please just let us know when making an appointment. We are a safe place for you to gather all the information for your specific situation. We promise 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, you have access to medical professionals that can 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 or call us at 760-945-4673. We are here to help.

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Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Every woman who has faced an unplanned pregnancy will tell you she experienced a wide range of emotions. One moment there is panic, and the next anger; from laughing with her friends, with no thought to her situation, to crying, unsure what to do next. 

What should my next steps be?

You may have a thousand scenarios playing in your mind right now, but it is important that you gather all of the information. At Pathway Health Clinic, we want to take a minute and slow down the racing thoughts going through your head. It is only when we slow down and gather the information that we can respond and make the best-informed decision.

It can be very overwhelming looking at all your options. At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California, we offer you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with no-cost that includes all of the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. Your privacy is just as important to us as it is to you. All the information you share with us is 100% 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. All our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals can help you explore all your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To schedule an appointment, call our office at 760.945.4673 or schedule an appointment online today.

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

Pathway Health clinic will be practicing the following safety protocols to keep you and our staff safe and healthy:

  • Inside Pathway Health Clinic, you have to wear a face covering. 
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Your temperature will be checked before being allowed in the clinic.
  • We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all areas of the clinic in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Helping With Your “What If” Mindset

We as women tend to carry a lot of weight on our shoulders. Sometimes, we have a hard time reaching out for help or just talk to someone.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, we can all relate to this feeling at least once in our lives. We replay situations and conversations and can usually imagine at least 3 or more different scenarios’ of how it “could have been”.  Have you done this before? Are you doing this now while facing an unplanned pregnancy?

What if right now your current weight on your shoulders is an unplanned pregnancy? Our minds tend to start overthinking situations when we are overwhelmed. This makes it very difficult to come up with the best option for ourselves.

At Pathway Health Clinic in Vista, California, we offer you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options. With free services that include 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. All our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals can help you explore all your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To schedule an appointment, call our office at 760.945.4673 or schedule an appointment online today.

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

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.


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.