Spero Pregnancy Center provides support services to men and women in our community who are facing an unexpected pregnancy. These are essential services that still exist in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce risk and protect its staff and volunteers, Spero is currently open by appointment only. Women who need services are encouraged to call the center at (810) 985-HOPE to consult with staff by phone instead of walking in to the clinic.
Spero partners with OptionLine and Heartbeat International to connect with clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Women facing an unplanned pregnancy may be especially concerned right now that their unborn baby could experience infection or complications if they contract COVID-19, but the World Health Organization reports that, “to date, the virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.”
Jennifer MacDonald, Executive Director of Spero Pregnancy Center, understands that health and financial concerns are weighing down expectant mothers and fathers even more than usual right now. She said, “We are here to continue to equip and encourage mothers, fathers and families, asking them to pause and look to the long-term future for their babies. There is no evidence of COVID passing to a pre-born baby.”
Spero is there to help; they are connecting their clients with material assistance and continuing their Earn While You Learn mentoring classes through an online system. Their staff is also performing pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for clients who schedule appointments.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand