Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic Calls on ‘Heroes’ to Join Annual Walk for Life

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The Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic will raise funds to support its services to pregnant women and families with its annual fundraiser, Walk for Life, on Saturday April 10.

The Main Street Clinic, which opened in 1989, serves communities in Ramona and the backcountry, including Borrego-Warner Springs, Julian, Ranchita, and Santa Ysabel. The clientele generally includes pregnant women between the ages of 14 and 44, but services are also offered to parents and others.

The clinic offers ultrasounds, counseling, and classes, as well as prenatal vitamins and baby supplies that are earned by participating in videos and lessons.

Anita Krisik, executive director of the Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic, said the walk will benefit women and adolescents who are experiencing unplanned or crisis pregnancies.

“An unplanned pregnancy can be difficult at any time,” she said. “Things like relationships, jobs, financial stress can all make a pregnancy difficult.”

The goal of the Walk for Life is to raise $ 50,000 for general budget expenses, Krisik said, noting that the clinic depends on donations for its operations.

Walking provides about a third of the clinic’s income each year, “so that’s important,” she said.

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic prepares for Walk for Life with, left to right, Anita Krisik, Sophie O’Connor and Becky Strahm.

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The theme for this year’s Walk for Life is “Be Their Hero: Defend Life Together”. The event will include music, light snacks, smoothies, and games for attendees.

Becky Strahm, director of the clinic’s office, said the theme reflects the idea that heroes come in all forms.

“We would all like to have a hero, or maybe be one,” Strahm said. “This year, we encourage everyone to be a hero to unborn children and to join the Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic in standing up for them together.”

The walk will take place at Calvary Chapel, 114 14th St. Walkers will follow a short 1 mile route to Calvary Chapel. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Walkers can register on the day of the event or pick up a sponsor form at the clinic’s Main Street office. Krisik recommends calling the office at 760-789-7059 before visiting the office as hours may vary.

Sponsorship forms are also available online at friendsofrpcc.com/events.

Walkers have the option of earning free equipment like a t-shirt or baseball cap by donating or getting sponsors from friends and family, Krisik said.

The clinic serves about a dozen new clients each month in addition to providing services to women who have already started their program, Krisik said. Women often continue to receive support after their baby is born, with services available until their baby is 2 years old, she said.

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic attorney Monica Lehman said the first step in helping a client is to have them fill out a questionnaire and then arrange a consultation with them.

“We go through the questionnaire with them to get to know the ladies and find out what they expect from us and let them know what we are offering,” said Lehman. “We get information about them and offer them a pregnancy test, which they do themselves.”

Krisik said women who test positive for pregnancy will be scheduled to meet with a registered nurse on staff. The purpose of medical services is to connect a pregnant woman to her own antenatal care, Krisik said. She adds that the nurse will see them for a visit and give them a starter supply of prenatal vitamins in addition to a referral for doctors and insurance.

Since there is no antenatal care in Ramona, Krisik said clients can choose from options in surrounding communities such as Escondido, Poway, El Cajon, San Diego or La Jolla.

Another service provided at the Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic are ultrasounds performed by a sonographer in a private room. Women can see the image of their unborn baby on a large TV screen.

“It’s really important in the early stages of pregnancy to confirm that she has a viable pregnancy,” Krisik said. “Often, women don’t want to start antenatal care until they know everything is okay. “

Women in the program also have access to classes and support groups. Most of the current courses are online due to COVID-19.

In addition to classes on prenatal care, there are classes on infant care, toddler expectations and parenting, which would also be appropriate for parents of older children.

“There is no other place in Ramona to help with parenting classes when they need it,” Krisik said.

Women who attend classes and services can earn money to purchase baby clothes, maternity clothes, and baby equipment such as strollers at the clinic’s Mommy and Me Market.

Erica Roy, a 43-year-old woman who has lived in Ramona since the age of 6, said she was able to purchase baby supplies, diapers and two foldaway cribs at the market while watching instructional videos including “Mommy Milestones ”and“ Sleeping, bedtime and morning.

Roy said the next video she planned to watch was “Screen Time & You” because her 16 month old son wants to watch TV a lot and his 12 year old son enjoys playing video games.

She said she enjoyed the Bridges meetings at the clinic, where mothers can spend time, talk about issues in their daily lives such as financial stress, and spend time bonding. The clinic helps relieve some of the stress of having a baby, especially for new moms, and informs women that there are other options available, such as adoption, she said.

“Even if you are planning on having a baby, it can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if this is your first child,” Roy said. “The people are genuine there. It’s nice to have people you can count on.


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