By D. Beasley
Becoming a new parent can be frightening for women without plentiful resources.
There is an organization in the Kern River Valley that aims to help women find those resources so they can focus more on preparing for motherhood.
The Pregnancy Resource Center of the Kern River Valley is a faith-based service that helps support new parents and babies of the area.
Christine McDaniel, director of the center since March of this year and a volunteer for three years prior, said the center offers everything from baby supplies to pregnancy tests and planning services — such as peer counseling, prayer, and genuine care and compassion.
If a woman suspects she might be pregnant and isn’t sure what to do, the center offers pregnancy testing that is confidential and free.
If the test comes back positive, center peer counselors will offer a clear explanation of the options the new mother has.
Prenatal women can also get help with material baby items like formula, wipes, diapers, car seats and toys.
McDaniel noted that the center never asks a fee for their services and doesn’t receive government funding as a nonprofit organization.
“We provide all of our services for free with compassion, love and complete confidence,” she stated. “We serve those in our community without expectation but with the hope that each person we serve will know the love of Christ through our ministry.”
For more information, visit the center’s website or call 760-379-8893.