Sunday, 28 May 2017 13:58

Low cost/no cost women’s health services now available ‘on the road’

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firststep mobile unit blessingWomen seeking no cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound, or low cost limited sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing can now receive those services through a mobile medical unit (MMU), driven and parked around Springfield by First Step Women’s Center. A registered nurse sonographer is available to serve women, with no appointment required.

“Most women’s health clinics don’t provide an ultrasound if a woman simply wants to see if she is pregnant or see how far along she is,” said Debbie Shultz, founder of First Step Women’s Center. “By offering this service at no cost and other services, we give women valuable information to help them better evaluate their future healthcare needs.”

First Step Women’s Center officially launched its mobile medical unit on May 17. Presently, the MMU will be parked in Springfield at the Walmart on South 6th Street on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the CVS on Washington St. and Bruns Lane on Thursdays from 8 a.m.-noon.

“Our mobile medical unit is a great resource for women facing sexual health challenges or making difficult pregnancy decisions,” Shultz said. “Our health professionals and staff are compassionate and well trained. We can help provide critical answers for women who are pregnant or think they are pregnant. I encourage any woman who wants to protect her future reproductive health or has questions about her pregnancy, to please stop in to see us.”

In addition to the MMU, women can visit First Step Women’s Center to receive low cost/no cost pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, options consultation, limited STD testing and treatment and community resource referrals. First Step Women’s Center is located at 104 N. Grand Ave., in Springfield. Appointments can be made by calling (217) 523-0100 or by visiting www.firststepwomenscenter.org.

First Step Women’s Center (formerly known as Lifetime) has been one of the area agencies awarded operating or program grants by the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope since it was instituted by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki five years ago.

Andrew Hansen contributed to this article.

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