The History of the Pregnancy Center and Clinic
In May of 1989, a group of concerned men and women, affiliated with Citizens for Life/local churches, began the process of establishing a Crisis Pregnancy Center(CPC) on Hilton Head.
In June of 1990, the organization was incorporated as a non profit and started operations with free pregnancy tests, and peer counseling. By 1995 support groups were established and ESOL classes held for non-English speaking clients. Educational presentations were given at various schools on the topics of growth and development, sexually-transmitted diseases, and sexual abstinence.
In June 2000, CPC changed its name to Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country(PCCLC) to reflect its new basic medical status and nurse practitioner/nurse midwife and registered nurses were hired to perform all medical functions under the direction of a medical director.
Originally the PCCLC did not provide free medical prenatal care to its clientele. However, in 2007, the PCCLC upgraded its free services to include prenatal care through the 16th. week of gestation to address the urgent need of the residents of Beaufort County. By 2009, PCCLC, realizing the need for services to the outlying areas, through funding from the Duke Endowment Fund launched a free Mobile Prenatal Clinic serving Jasper and Southern Beaufort Counties.
Today, the Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country is the only free prenatal medical clinic within 100 miles, the closest being Charleston, SC. Currently, the PCCLC offers 18 free programs to any woman and/or the general community who accesses its services. These are Pregnancy tests; Testing for sexually-transmitted infections (STI’s); Prenatal care through the first 16 weeks of gestation (including prenatal vitamins); Ultrasound and/or Doppler verification of pregnancy; Educational presentations to schools, churches, and civic organizations; One-on-one female/male/family confidential guidance; Various support group meeting; Guidance for continuing education and career opportunities; Nutrition Classes; Parenting Classes; Assistance in securing appropriate community resources and affordable medical care; Maternity clothing, infant layettes, and toddler clothing exchange program; Infant equipment, i.e. car seats (cribs and strollers upon availability); Assistance during the post-partum period; Adoption information and referrals to licensed agencies; Assistance in locating or maintaining employment; Assistance in locating housing; Referrals to local agencies for transportation to doctor’s appointments; Referral to affordable professional legal, medical, and psychological counseling; Post abortion support groups; Family budget counseling; and a free English as a second language course for those clients in need of such help.
The PCCLC now assists more than 4,000 individuals annually throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. The PCCLC has been proud to serve more than 1,000 individuals at the Jasper Free Medical Clinic-1,000 individuals who would not have received timely medical care otherwise. The Free Mobil Clinic now boasts of referral programs for mammograms, dental health, and a partnership with PASOs(Prenatal Awareness for Successful Outcomes). Not only is the PCCLC providing free prenatal care, but it is also one of the launching places of overall health.