Letter from the CEO, Heidi Hill

 

The heart of Birth Choice is always about the client!
A lot is happening in our country. Our new leadership is embracing life and finally recognizing the negative impact of abortion. Abortion becoming illegal is actually a possibility much to do with the devout prayer of the pro-life movement. We live in a changing world but thankfully we can all count on an unchanging God. Legal or not, abortion will still cross the minds of women who don't know where to turn when facing an unexpected pregnancy. And Birth Choice will always exist to support these women with education and free services. So, while we are living in changing times, our mission at Birth Choice will never change.

The Bible tells us to be strong and courageous 16 times. We have evidence and encouragement of the fruit from our work over the past 30 years and continue to trust and obey the Lord in how we care for our clients

Our Annual Women's Luncheon will be held this year as an anniversary celebration to commemorate where we have come from and the many lives that have been saved and served. My assistant, Shelly will be sharing her testimony of how she came to Birth Choice years ago and experienced the transforming love of God. We also want to celebrate the amazing things that God has in store for the future of Birth Choice as we receive our medical license to operate our Mobile Ultrasound Unit. Please join us during this special time at www.birthchoice.net/donors/events. Bring a friend. There are wonderful raffle items; teeth whitening, massages, haircuts, Sephora products, Hornblower Cruises and MUCH more! We are always in need of volunteers and of course the trust of good people who believe in what we do and want to participate financially in the amazing work of God's creation......Life!!!

Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight. 1 Chr. 19:13













Heidi Hill
President/CEO



New Arrivals
11/3: Joseph (7 lb, 5 oz) |  11/7: Jamie  (7 lb, 9 oz)
12/2: Giovanna (7 lb, 1 oz) | 12/2: Stephanie (8 lb)


Planting Seeds at
the  San Diego Walk for Life

 
The San Diego Walk for Life was held on January 20th this year. Despite the weather, Birth Choice had a booth and was blessed to participate and hear dynamic speakers, connect with familiar organizations, and make new connections. The spirit of the event was very positive in lieu of rain and wind and provided a voice that speaks for the majority of women who value life. This was vitally important to counter the opposing women's march that got so much publicity. We handed out wild flower seeds in the shape of a heart to promote God's gift of life as well as how to contact us at Birth Choice. The seeds were a big hit!





New By Design Workshop  Branches Out 

The new By Design sexual integrity workshop held in February was open to parents and Client Advocates, as well as the attending young women who were blessed to learn so much about being a woman as part of God's perfect plan.

Many kids today are not getting all the facts in school or from home when it comes to sex education. This puts young girls at risk who are trying to make sense of their changing hormones, and who want a relationship to feel loved.

Birth Choice is on the front lines of educating those in crisis pregnancies and trying to help clients navigate through life, making solid decisions regarding sexual integrity and worth. By Design is a Biblical, information-rich, sexual integrity workshop that offers statistics and scientific data on menstruation, pregnancy, abortion, adoption, dating & social media, sexually transmitted infections and God's plan for sex and marriage. This interactive, research-based workshop is delivered by trained Birth Choice facilitators and offered free to sponsoring organizations as well as attendees. 

If you are interested in being a facilitator or If you would like to learn more about holding a workshop for young women in your church or school, contact Sue Galvez at 760-744-1313.

Earn While You Learn
When a client chooses to parent her first child, Birth Choice offers prenatal & parenting classes during their pregnancy through the first year of the child's life.  This program allows our clients to earn points to purchase the wonderful clothing and baby supplies that are so generously donated by our many supporters.

Previously Earn While You Learn was organized as a group workshop. Now, in order to form a closer, ongoing relationship, the classes are held one-on-one with their Client Advocate. This provides a two-year relationship that enables the Client Advocate to walk hand-in-hand as a parenting mentor and ultimately to witness to the Lord. We are hopeful that more of our clients can take advantage of the program since appointments will be made as their schedule permits.

May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. Ruth 2:12

 Thank You
Mary Spitz 
Judy Trageser 
Vince & Kathy Malafronte 
Carol Bell 
St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church
Catholic Community at Camp Pendleton 
St. Mary's College (Emily Olson) 
Suzanne Trotti 
St. Francis of Assissi Catholic School
Your donations will definitely make a difference!


"As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ." -2 Corinthians 9:13 (NLT)

Needs
* After Abortion Care Peer Counselors
* Client Advocates for San Marcos and Oceanside (training classes required - call for details)
* By Design Team Facilitators
* Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and RN's willing to be trained
and volunteer weekly



PRAYER & PRAISE

PRAISE:
* Heidi had the opportunity to speak to a group of individuals by invitation through the A-team next door to our Oceanside center. There were about 30 young men and only 1 woman. While the conversation was predominately about what it meant to be a Godly man and how that relates to the women who come to Birth Choice, the woman in the group later brought in someone who was abortion intended and chose life!

* For the AMAZING staff, volunteers and board at Birth Choice who do so much!
* 1 New Nurse Sonographer for the Mobile Medical Unit
* Funding and Sonography training for our Nurse Manager
* New Churches and Schools participating in baby bottle drives & continued partnerships: St John's Church and School Encinitas, Ascension Church, Calvary Chapel Vista, Cathedral Catholic High School, St Mary's Oceanside
* Purchase and funding for the Ultrasound Machine with thanks to the Knights of Columbus and the many councils who participated
* Faithful donors for their trust in funding the efforts of Birth Choice to serve His Precious little ones every day!

PRAYER REQUESTS:
* For one of our Receptionists who is leaving to await the birth of her daughter Ruby Fay
* A hedge of protection around our client advocates, volunteers, and staff who are facing illnesses, death and injuries in their families.
* Comfort for the women who have suffered through an abortion
* Our state and nation and those in the abortion industry to turn their hearts away from death, toward life and a spirit of unity
* Defunding of Planned Parenthood
* For our Nation's leaders
* Abortion vulnerable women to find their way to Birth Choice so that God can reveal the truth about life for them and their child
* More Nurse Sonographers to volunteer so that we may be staffed to give free ultrasounds daily

We encourage and welcome ongoing prayers and fasting to remove any obstacles that are or will hinder the ability to achieve our mission.


Client Story: "J"

 
"J" was a 22-year-old woman who came to Birth Choice for a pregnancy test and to schedule a free Ultrasound. She already had two children, ages 2 and 5 years and now found herself pregnant again. Her main concern stemmed from the fact that she had a military protective order against her abusive husband and she had filed for divorce. He is currently deployed, so for now she and the children are safe. We feel so blessed that God led her to us, where she was welcomed with love and support, as she was considering terminating the pregnancy. One can imagine the fear and uncertainty she felt under the circumstances. During her intake, she was surprised to find that her baby already had a heartbeat! One of the very valuable tools available to us is an electronic tablet on which we can show clients videos of 3D Ultrasounds of a child at a similar gestational age as their baby. Once she saw that, an ultrasound was scheduled ASAP. Her client advocate stayed in close contact and prayed with her on more than one occasion. After her ultrasound, she was convinced that she could do nothing but carry this life to term. It was already a child...her child! Birth Choice will continue to walk this journey with "J" and has already offered other resources which she will need when the divorce is final in June; she will need to find housing, daycare and a job.

We praise God for His action in the life of this family and the opportunity of this Birth Choice Client Advocate to witness to His grace and generosity by providing the services for this mother in her time of need. We thank our donors who work in cooperation with Our Lord in providing for Birth Choice to make these moments possible. We are all so blessed!

Our Women's Mobile Clinic
Visits Encinitas

 
Birth Choice attended the Madonna Beach Run in Encinitas where the mobile was present and we had a booth. Over 6,000 participants received the Birth Choice bookmark, 70% who are women between the ages of 20-30. We pray that our time there manning our booth will bear tremendous fruit in the Encinitas community.

Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide necessary services and support to save the lives of the preborn.
 
Vision: To care for women in unplanned pregnancies by providing resources, education and support so they might choose life-saving alternatives to abortion.





Birth Choice San Marcos
277 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.
Ste. S
San Marcos, CA 92078
760.744.1313
 
Birth Choice Oceanside
611 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92054
760.231.8885
Board of Directors:
Raymond Van Pletsen, Chairman
Bernie Montoya, Vice Chairman
Dennis Kreta, Treasurer
Karen Garcia, Secretary
Heidi Hill, Board Member
Affiliations:
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)
Heartbeat International Associates For Life (AFL)