Heartbeat of Lima is a nonprofit organization helping women to make decisions about unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. In the United States, 37 to 49 percent of pregnancies are unintended, with many of those women unable to afford to pay for any care or ability to get help without insurance and assistance. Limited or no prenatal care, abortion and lack of options for many of these women cause preterm and infant death in Ohio.
According to the CDC, more than 24,000 abortions occurred in Ohio in 2012 with 192 in our immediate area. Many of our patients who are able to understand how far along they are in their pregnancy and get emotional support are able to get prenatal care and decrease preterm birth, some with decisions toward adoption. Heartbeat is able to educate, help and encourage many women in Allen County with parenting/life skills classes, diapers, formula, clothing, baby and maternity items. We are now able to do ultrasounds for no cost at our downtown facility because of donations.
Last year, money earned at our Auction was used to remodel our Elm Street office to start an individualized mentoring program with education and support for mothers and fathers that come to us. This year, an open house event and tour, a chicken dinner, a drawing and education on prenatal care, are planned for Father’s Day weekend. On Friday at our downtown location, June 13, from 4-7 pm, 226 South Elizabeth Street, across from Memorial Hall will be chicken dinners for $8 plus a drawing with some great prizes at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Call Heartbeat at 419-222-7945 or at the Women’s Health for Life at 419-227-2727.
— Dr. Marilyn Kindig Stahl