At LifeCare Center, all of our services are FREE and completely confidential. We offer many opportunities to help you prepare physically, emotionally and spiritually to make the best choices for yourself and your children. At the same time, you will receive the encouragement, support, and resources you need during the time of change!
PREGNANCY TESTINGWe offer lab quality tests that can be taken in our center and verified by an on-site professional. Immediate counseling is available to discuss your options if you would like.
3-D LIMITED ULTRASOUNDWe offer 3-D limited obstetrical ultrasound for our pregnant clients. The ultrasound helps determine if the pregnancy is viable, as well as your baby’s stage of development. You may get to hear the heartbeat of the baby, as well as see it move. You will walk out of the Center with several photos.
LAY COUNSELINGWe know you may be facing a wide range of issues and emotions, from fear of an unplanned pregnancy, to confusion over your options, concern over how to parent, need for resources, regret over a previous decision, or extreme joy. Our trained staff and volunteers are here to make sure you know you’re not alone. They are available to answer any questions you may have and help address your needs. Counseling can be done in person, by email, or over the phone and is completely confidential.
Email – If you would like a counselor to contact you by email, send us a message at email@example.com. A counselor will contact you as soon as possible.
Telephone – You may speak with a lay counselor over the telephone during office hours by calling (785) 242-4500. Lay counselors are available Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Monday , Tuesday , Thursday & Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If there is an emergency, please leave a message; we check our machine regularly, or contact the Hotline below.
24 Hour Emergency Hotline – (877) 791-5475
In Person – Lay counselors are available to meet with you in person in our center located at 121 E. 2nd Street, Ottawa, KS 66067. No appointment is necessary during regular business hours.
MATERNITY AND BABY ITEMS
Maybe you can’t afford or don’t have access to the things you need to take care of yourself or your baby. That’s okay – we’ve got you covered. Maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, formula, baby furniture and numerous other baby items are available in our onsite store and can be earned through the nationally acclaimed EARN WHILE YOU LEARN program.
EDUCATION – EARN WHILE YOU LEARN
EARN WHILE YOU LEARN is a nationally acclaimed program for expectant and young mothers and fathers to “earn” baby clothes, furniture, maternity clothes and other necessities by learning! Clients earn “Baby Bucks” by taking prenatal, parenting, child birth, and other classes, as well as by keeping doctor’s appointments and completing other approved educational activities. “Baby Bucks” are then used to purchase items in the store located in our center.
ADOPTION REFERRALSAdoption today is very different from what is used to be. We can make an appointment for you to meet with an adoption counselor right at our center, and you will be able to get all of your questions answered in a non-threatening, down-to-earth, no-pressure environment. If you do decide to pursue adoption, you will be able to look through portfolios outlining potential parents for your baby. You will get to choose who you would like your baby to be adopted by, as well as if the process is something you will be a part of (after the birth) or if you would like it to be a closed adoption. The choices are yours!
JUST FOR MENUnfortunately, men are often left out of the pregnancy picture. You may have no support from friends or family. You’re probably feeling mixed emotions if you and your partner are facing an unplanned pregnancy. But we challenge you to be a part of the process. After all, you’re the father. This affects you, too. You can help your partner consider all the facts so that you can both make the best decisions for your lives.
We encourage you not to rush into making a choice. Give yourself some time. Where you go from here will have a significant impact on your life, and you have options, so let LifeCare help you make an informed decision.
If you are already a parent or about to become one, we have counseling and information just for you as a father. We believe, and there is loads of research to indicate, that men are vitally important in the lives of their children. You can learn how to become a good or better parent to your child with trained male counselors who are also fathers. These men help teach classes about things like what to expect during your partner’s pregnancy and the birth process, stages of child development, nutrition, and parenting skills. These men are also there to support you as a father, because your needs as a male are unique from those your partner. We want you to know that you don’t have to do this alone – we’ve got your back.
OTHER COMMUITY SERVICES
Though we offer a wide range of services, we coordinate with many other agencies in the community that provide resources such as maternity insurance, financial assistance, employment skills, medical assistance, educational opportunities, adoption services, housing, ongoing professional counseling, and legal aid.