Center guides women through pregnancy
By Stefanie Frazier For The Beacon-News January 30, 2013 12:22PM
Imelda Mata laughs with her 7-month-old son, Johann, during a counseling session at Aurora's Pregnancy Information Center on Monday, January 21, 2013. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
The Pregnancy Information Center is a pregnancy resource center at 411 W. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. Services are offered to both men and women. For information, call 630-896-8600 or go to www.rupregnant.com.
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:01AM
AURORA — Imelda Mata’s baby boy Johann was born last June.
Mata, a 32-year-old Auroran, had not planned to get pregnant, and she had been using birth control.
When she found out she was pregnant, Mata turned to the Pregnancy Information Center, a nonprofit pregnancy resource center, on Aurora’s West Side.
“When I start, I just come because I don’t know how is my baby,” Mata said.
Mata did not yet have a medical insurance card and did not have insurance. And she faced a high-risk pregnancy because she suffered from diabetes.
“I think about my baby,” Mata recalled. “Is he OK or not?”
Pregnancy Information Center, at 411 W. Galena Blvd., is a place where women who have unplanned pregnancies can go for free and confidential assistance.
“We want to empower men and women in making life affirming choices while protecting the lives of the unborn,” said Penny Hyle, director of development for PIC.
“And as a Christ-centered resource we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for these people, for someone who’s in need.”
Women served at the center primarily live in Kane and Kendall counties, and most are from Aurora.
Last year, the center served 782 clients in both Spanish and English.
PIC offers services like free and confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, pregnancy option information, post-abortion support, Bible studies and the support program Dads for Dads.
Women are provided information based on what they want to know.
The center provides women with information on three options — having the baby, placing the baby for adoption or abortion.
“What we strive to do is to give complete, accurate factual information on each one of those options as we’re allowed … asking permission for each one,” Hyle said.
“And then to arm them with all of the facts so that they then can make an informed decision for themselves.”
“We will walk with you in whatever decision you make,” Hyle said.
If a client wants an abortion, the center will not give a referral. However, the client will be informed about the procedure.
“And then we will also let her know if she decides that she wants to follow through with that abortion, that we are here for her,” Hyle said.
Nubia Urabe, a 32-year-old Aurora resident, is soon to give birth to a baby girl.
Her baby was planned. By watching parenting videos at the center, Urabe has earned points to get diapers and clothes for the new addition to her family.
And she has learned to be a better parent.
“When the kids crying, now I don’t get desperate,” Urabe said, “because I know what I have to do.”