FAQs

Baby Bucks

How many Baby Bucks do I get for attending a group class?

It depends on the topic, length of the class and whether or not homework is assigned. To see our different class options click here.

Who can earn Baby Bucks?

Any client. You must be enrolled as a client of the Hope Clinic prior to starting a class.

Is there anything I can get without earning Baby Bucks?

We have a used maternity and used baby clothes closet along with formula and baby food.

Which items are usually available?

Diapers and wipes, clothes up to 2T, bath care items, cribs, car seats, etc. Some items may not be immediately available.

Who is eligible to enroll in the Baby Bucks program?

  • Any pregnant client and the baby’s father with ID
  • Parents/guardians of a baby up to 3 years old with ID

How can I earn items with Baby Bucks?

By completing pamphlet reflections, watching prenatal and parenting videos or attending classes. You can also earn Baby Bucks by signing up with Healthy Families, or turning in High School, GED, or college transcripts.

What can I expect to gain with Baby Bucks?

Prenatal and parenting education; to earn baby furniture, diapers, baby clothes, and more; and a mentor if desired.

Classes

Can I shop after class?

It depends. If the class ends at closing time or is offered in the evening we do not have staff who can shop with you. If the class is offered during regular hours, you may shop before or after class.

Can I bring food or drinks?

No. Water and a snack may be provided.

Is childcare provided?

No. Only small infants (6 months or younger) who sit quietly in your lap or infant carrier are allowed in class.  Some of our classes are designed for children to be involved as well.  See the class list for more details.

Who can attend classes and training?

Clients interested in learning about parenting, health/safety, or other topics.

How long can I be a client?

You can remain a client until your baby reaches the age of 3 or if you become pregnant again.

Pregnancy

When I have my ultrasound at THC can I learn the sex of my baby?

The sex of a baby is determined at the time of conception, but you'll have to wait until your 18-20 week ultrasound before the sonographer can predict what it will be. The ultrasound we perform at THC is too early to determine the baby's sex.  To read about baby gender prediction myths, click here.

Can I bring family, friends, or the father of my baby to my ultrasound appointment?

Yes. We encourage you to bring the people in your life who are supporting you in your pregnancy journey. To protect your confidentiality, a brief history will be taken and initial ultrasound measurements will be done in private. Then your support persons will be invited to join you in the ultrasound room.

Why does THC recommend I have an early ultrasound if I have a positive pregnancy test? or Why do I need an early ultrasound if I don't plan to continue the pregnancy?

A positive pregnancy test means you have the pregnancy hormone in your body, but does not tell you how the pregnancy is progressing. Learning as much information as possible about your pregnancy can help you make an informed decision about your body. An early ultrasound answers these questions: Is the pregnancy growing in the right place? Does the fetus/baby have a heartbeat? What is my estimated due date? and How far along am I?

Why do I have to drink so much water before my ultrasound appointment?

Having a full bladder during your abdominal ultrasound allows us to obtain the best ultrasound "picture" images of your pregnancy.

Can I retake the test if I get a negative and I still don't get my period?

Yes, you can schedule another free test. Your hCG levels double every 48 hours during the early part of your pregnancy.

Can I get a false positive or negative?

Yes. Some medications and substances can potentially interfere with the results such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Acetylsalicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Atropine, Caffeine, Gentisic Acid, Glucose, Hemoglobin.

How accurate is the test?

Our test is the same kind used by a doctor or medical office. It can detect your hCG level about 7 days after conception or 21-24 days after the first day of your last period.

STI/STD

How old do I have to be to get tested? Do I need parental consent?

Children age 13 and above may receive STI testing.  Children under the age of 13 will be referred to a doctor or pediatrician's office or emergency room for STI testing. Parental consent is not required.

Can I get an STI while pregnant?

Yes, you can get an STI or STD while pregnant if you have sex with someone who has an STD.  Being pregnant does not protect you or your baby from getting an STD.  You can also get pregnant while you have an STD.  If you are pregnant and have an STD it is important to get treatment. 

How do I get treated if I have an STI?

If your results are positive for either Gonorrhea and/or Chlamydia you can be treated at our clinic for free. 

What kinds of STI’s are there and what are the symptoms?

The following are all types of STI’s:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

To find more information about the different types of STI’s you can click here

Can I be on my period and still get tested for an STI?

No. If a female is on her menstrual period she will have to reschedule her appointment because she will not be able to give a urine sample. 

How do I get my results?

Results from the tests are typically available the following week. A follow-up appointment is required to receive the results.  This appointment must take place in person. 

How do you test for STI’s?

We test for three different STI’s in our facility: HIV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.  The HIV screen is done using an oral swab test. A positive result to this test would require additional testing at another facility to confirm.  The testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia is done through a urine sample.  The sample is then sent on to a highly reputable lab for the results.  Positive results to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can be treated at our sites for free.  No needles will be used for STI testing. 

Should I get tested for STI’s?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you should get tested for a STI/STD any time you have had new or multiple sex partners.  There are four different types of sex that can put you and your partner at risk for contracting an STI: mutual masturbation, oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex.  Even if no symptoms are present, an infection can still be passed between partners.  Also remember that condoms, even if used consistently and correctly each time, cannot provide 100% protection against pregnancy or contracting an STI/STD.  

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