Welcome to ELM. You are important to us and we are honored that you chose us to help you through this difficult time. You are even more important to God and we want you to know that.

We realize that an unplanned pregnancy, no matter how old you are, can be frightening. Decisions aren’t always easy. We want to make sure you are well informed about all your options, so that you can make an educated decision. You can also receive material support, as well as emotional and spiritual encouragement.

If you‘re a first time mom, we have a prenatal program that will explain the changes you are experiencing throughout your pregnancy. If you are looking for information about abortion procedures, we will give you all the educational materials available. *We do NOT refer clients to abortion doctors or clinics*. If you are someone who has chosen an abortion and is presently facing the aftermath, we are here to help. If you are a dad and have no clue about parenting, we will help you, too, by offering our parenting or guide to fatherhood programs.

Our services are FREE and confidential. Our primary focus is YOU!! We do offer support to the significant people in your life, but we always have your best interests at heart. We will offer different perspectives, challenge your understanding, and encourage you to look pass the crisis and to see what God can do.

We will not tell you what to do or make any decision for you; we will walk alongside of you, holding your hand (if you want us to). We will share our experience, strength, hope, knowledge and education-without judgment or condemnation. We will laugh, cry, and even pray with you.

So thank you for visiting us at ELM- where Every Life Matters (especially YOURS!!).

Blessings!

ELM does not discriminate in providing services because of age, race, ethnic background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, financial ability, or socio-economic status. ELM is not a psychological service.

Pregnancy Test

Free test done by trained staff. These pregnancy tests are only a preliminary to an actual limited obstetric ultrasound. It’s possible to get a negative result from a ‘home’ pregnancy test when you’re actually pregnant. This is known as a false-negative — and it’s much more likely to occur than is a false-positive.
You might get a false-negative if you:

  • Take the test too early. The earlier after a missed period that you take a home pregnancy test, the harder it is for the test to detect HCG. For the most accurate results, take the test one week after a missed period — when the
    level of HCG in your urine is most likely to be detectable. If you can’t wait that long, ask your health care provider for a blood test.
  • Check test results too soon. Be sure to give the test time to work. Consider setting a timer according to the package instructions.
  • Use diluted urine. For the most accurate results, take the test first thing in the morning — when your urine is the most concentrated.Learn More
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Limited Obstetric Ultrasound

This type of ultrasound is for 3 things only: to check to make sure there is an intrauterine pregnancy, a heartbeat, and the gestational age of the baby. This is verification of pregnancy and a wonderful time to SEE the little one forming. This is free and confidential. We do not look for gender of the baby.

 

Prenatal Classes

Part of our Earn While You Learn Program: includes watching a DVD of your choice and a lesson that might explain what is happening to your body and the different things to expect during your pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Some of the lessons include topics such as breast feeding, bonding, and infant milestones. It’s a great way to earn points/mommy money to spend in our boutique.

Parenting Classes

Another part of our Earn While You learn Program. Our curriculum covers topics such as potty training, discipline, nutrition, sleep habits, and whether or not to immunize your child. You can earn mommy money to spend on necessary items- toddler cups, books, blankets, clothes for your toddler.

Resources

We have connections to community resources- WIC, Nurse Family Partnership, Food banks. If we can’t help you directly, we know people who can. We have a resource center with handouts on community agencies, events, or topics of interest.

Ladies & Littles/Parenting Connection

Support group for moms of all ages and stages. Meet 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:30-11:30 for breakfast and discussion on the challenges moms face raising children. We meet at the Wesley United Methodist Church on 12th Street and Logan Ave (entrance across from ACE Hardware). This is free and nursery is provided.

Family Ties & Parenting

Parenting class held at the Blair County Prison for the female inmates. Incarcerated moms learn how to make better choices, have healthier relationships, and break the generational stuff that plagues their family.

Why Wait?

ELM’s Sexual Risk Avoidance program called “Why Wait?” was started in 2013 and is currently is under reorganization.

Post Abortion Recovery

Group or individual support for those who are affected by abortion. Some of us have been right where you are. We thought it was the only option- we believed the lie. Well, it is time for us to let go and let God free us from the bondage of shame, guilt, remorse and regret. It’s time for us to be Forgiven and Set Free.

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Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Your Rights

You have the right to:

Your Choices

You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

  • Tell family and friends about your condition
  • Provide disaster relief
  • Provide mental health care
  • Market our services and sell your information
  • Raise funds

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • Include your information in a hospital directory

lf you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed fo /essen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

We use or share your health information in the following ways:

Our Responsibilities

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. lf you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our Website.