LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County women's health clinic showed off its new location Tuesday. The Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin is a non-profit ministry designed to provide needed information, resources, and support during pregnancy and parenting.
"A lot of avenues will be open because of where we are now," said Pam Hudson, board president.
The Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin is one of the few options expecting mothers have. They said the overflowing love and support they receive is incomparable.
"They teach you a lot more than a doctor's office would," said Nicole Markle, a client of the Pregnancy Help Center. "If you have questions, the doctor's office would answer it, but here you don't have a lot of questions. They'll teach you everything before you have a question."
Since competition like Planned Parenthood has closed down in deep East Texas, business has been growing.
"We see a ton of girls here, some who are facing crisis and some who are not," said Jessica Ismaili, the center's program director. "The numbers are going up. I think with other places are not offering what we offer. We do see a need growing."
Some things clients find helpful about the clinic are their parenting education programs. The newest one is called My Nine Months
"This program goes through anything and everything an upcoming mom would need to know about how to take care of herself, a baby, and nutrition status," Hudson said. "All of those things."
"This is the only resource they need," Markle said. "They teach you whatever you need to know, and their resource room is just a bonus on top of it."
By attending classes and mentoring appointment,s women can earn vouchers which will allow them to buy the things they necessarily need.
"We have everything from diapers, wipes, clothing, bottles, and diaper cream," Ismaili said. "We have a wide range of items here."
Some feel the resources the clinic provides are life changing.
"Her life probably wouldn't be as good as it is if they wouldn't have helped me," Markle said referring to her daughter.
Since they have this new location, center officials said they will add more staff members and programs to help mothers get through their first year as a parent.