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EPS to open medical center

Pamela Grosse (left), program coordinator at Essential Pregnancy Services in Omaha, and Nancy Foral, executive director of EPS, discuss the benefits of the agency's new ultrasound machine. National statistics show that women are 75 percent more likely to carry their baby to birth if they have seen a fetal image with an ultrasound.
Photo by Lisa Schulte
By Lisa Schulte
The Catholic Voice

Next month pregnant women will be able to receive free prenatal medical care and view fetal images of their babies at Omaha's Essential Pregnancy Services, 6220 Maple St, as the office opens a medical clinic Wednesday, Feb. 2.

A blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Feb. 1.

"It's a dream that EPS has been talking about for a long time, but now it's going to be a reality," said Nancy Foral, executive director of EPS and the new clinic. "We're just real excited about it."

EPS, founded in 1973 as Emergency Pregnancy Services, is a local, interdenominational, not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping pregnant and parenting women make life-affirming choices and build healthy futures for themselves and their children.

In addition to offering free pregnancy tests, parenting support and intervention, emotional support and material aid, EPS will now make ultrasounds and prenatal medical care available to their clients through the medical clinic.

Dr. Stephen Kruszka, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Omaha, will have office hours at EPS every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Pamela Grosse, EPS program coordinator and a registered nurse, will act as nurse manager for the clinic.
The new medical clinic continues the mission of EPS to provide women the means to choose life through loving support and educational programs, Foral said.

National statistics show that women considering abortion are 75 percent more likely to carry the child to birth once they have seen the fetal images in an ultrasound, she said.

She noted that according to the Douglas County Health Department's vital statistics, Northeast Omaha has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Statistics also show that Douglas County has a 50 percent higher STD rate than the national norm, she added.

Foral said providing ultrasounds and prenatal medical care will help fight those statistics. The clinic will be able to provide health education, folic acid and prenatal vitamins.

"We have a responsibility to help that woman have a healthy, happy life for herself and that child. That's the extension of our mission," Foral said. "We're here to help pregnant women and their children and there's not a better way to help them than by getting a healthy start."

EPS is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To contact EPS, call 554-0121.

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