The Gianna Center During the Pandemic – Clinical Services Continue

The Gianna Center  of Philadelphia remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see information below on services they are offering. 

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Because of you, the Gianna Center of Philadelphia continues to operate during this difficult time. While “walk-in” service has been suspended, patients have been served by a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. In some cases, women have been seen in the office for urgent matters, following all regulatory guidelines. Rest assured, there has been no lapse in providing life-affirming care to the women of our community.

Some may wonder, what exactly does the Gianna Center of Philadelphia do during a pandemic? Here are just a few of the services that keep our staff busy!

  • Live video visits for patients addressing new issues and conducting follow-up care
  • Orders for laboratory and other diagnositic testing
  • Prescription renewals
  • Confirmation of pregnancy
  • Progesterone monitoring during pregnancy when indicated
  • Referrals to medical specialists or surgeons
  • Collaborating with pro-life health care providers and pregnancy centers
  • Instruction in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System
  • Assisting patients in obtaining the official Creighton App

As always, our staff has been assisting women and couples struggling with the frustrating diagnosis of “unexplained” infertility. An estimated 30% of women who have difficulty conceiving are given this diagnosis and are sent off to centers that perform intrauterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  Since many of these centers are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, couples now have more time to consider a restorative reproductive approach and are seeking the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY.  We are happy to report that currently, there are 10 couples pregnant with the help of NaProTECHNOLOGY who are being treated by our practice – even remotely with the telehealth platform, Hale Health.

Please remember that the Gianna Center’s phone number for messages is 844-204-0005 and the email for inquiries is info@phgiannacenter.com

 

Honor Your Mother by Supporting Life-Affirming Health Care

Looking for a unique way to celebrate your Mom (or Mother-in-law) on Mother’s Day? Since we cannot be with our moms physically this Mother’s Day because of the pandemic,  here is a way  to honor and remember them that will also benefit other women in the greater Philadelphia area.   Please see information from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia below

 

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She set the example for big-hearted giving, taught you the importance of kindness, and shared lessons in empathy. Say “thank you” to Mom, Grandma, or a mother figure with a donation to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia in her name. This will be a gift she will treasure!

A gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia  brings life-affirming care to women and families of our region.
For each donation, our volunteers will send a beautifully designed card to you so that you can share it with those you love. Please send your donation soon to ensure delivery in time for the May 10th  holiday!

 

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Life Affirming Health Care Continues in the Face of COVID – 19

Below is a message from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia regarding changes to their schedule during this crisis.  A phone number is provided in this post for urgent messages. 

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Changes to Protect Women During the Corona Outbreak 

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia located at the Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton is making changes in how it operates during this unprecedented time.

Until further notice, the center will not be available for walk-in visits. Instead, all visits are scheduled after screening by the triage nurse. The Gianna Center is asking all patients to call the office if they think they need a sick visit, are experiencing a pregnancy complication or are newly pregnant and have no ob/GYN available.  The phone number for urgent messages is 844-204-0005.

The staff has been busy contacting patients to reschedule routine visits. At the moment, they are planning to offer routine visits again after 04/06/2020, however, this may change depending on the ongoing situation.

To address the needs of their patients, the Gianna team is utilizing tele-med services. The aim is to have video calls available throughout the current shut down. Patients who call the office will be sent an invitation to join the secured line for a video conferencing session in order to receive the necessary medical instruction and prescriptions. Creighton Model instruction is also offered through the same secure platform. The Gianna staff continues working with pregnancy centers, assisting in the counseling of abortion-vulnerable women and providing services in the first trimester. All can use the same number: 844-204-0005.

Dr. Anne Nolte, co-founder and executive director of the National Gianna Centers for Women’s Health and Fertility shared an article written by concerned physicians that one can access here.

As she explains “it is the best one that I have read. It clearly explains the situation we are in and the critical steps we should all be taking at this time. Please read it and share it with friends, family, and associates.

The Gianna Center staff and volunteers pray daily for your safety and for an end to this crisis.  St. Gianna Beretta Molla pray for us!

Gianna Center of Philadelphia – Our Inaugural Year in Pictures

Below is the newsletter from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia along with pictures of the many events they’ve had this year.  This center is an important part of our pro-life work and just as with all our pregnancy help centers, they too need our support, both financially and spiritually.  Please read about their year and view their many pictures, and if you can, please make a donation to help them keep their doors open.  Information is posted below for donations.  

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Our Opening Day in the New Office

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Over 50 friends, patients and supporters joined Bishop John McIntyre and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale for an office blessing and open house on April 26.  Anne Nolte, Executive Director of the National Gianna Center in New York City also came down for the day.  The Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council #3327 presented a check for $5,000 they had raised for the Gianna Center at an event in Bridgeport in March.

Exam rooms in the new office have been dedicated to John and Harriet Stanton, and to the Knights of Columbus in recognition of their extraordinary support.   Earlier this spring, regional councils of the Knights generously donated the cost of an ultrasound machine for the Gianna Center through a matching grant program from the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund.  The Stantons are long-time bastions of the Philadelphia pro-life community whose commitment has extended to the establishment of this center for women’s reproductive health.

Our Outreach to Student Health Care Professionals

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In September, Dr. Larrauri traveled to Misericordia University, at the request of Dr. Chris Carr, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.  She was asked to speak about health risks to a woman’s fertility from contraceptives.  On Oct 7, Dr. Larrauri and  Barbara Rose were invited to speak to Temple Medical Students. Later that same month, they spoke at Rowan School of  Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ.

Our Outreach to Women with Low Incomes

Since its opening, the Gianna Center has been providing services to low income women in the Greater Philadelphia area. Twice this year, we hosted  “Free Clinic Days.” These are times that the office is open to anyone without insurance for general gynecologic examinations and in-office screenings. As the Gianna Center is located near Norristown, there has been outreach to the Hispanic community though St.Patrick’s church ministry and the Missionary Sisters of Charity.  The generous gift of the ultrasound from the Knignts of Columbus has proven to be an invaluable tool for diagnosing patients and has assisted Dr. Larrauri in providing care to women who might otherwise had more serious outcomes in their first trimester of pregnancy.

Our NaPro Babies!

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NaPro Babies is our affectionate term for children whose mothers benefited from the protocols of NaProTechnology during their pregnancies. Many thanks to the moms who graciously shared pictures of their precious ones for all of us to enjoy! *

*Pictures posted with permission

Our Participation in the 38th Annual AAFCP Meeting

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The Gianna Center of Philadelphia was front and center during the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP).  Pro-life women’s health professionals from all over the country and all over the world, gathered in Blue Bell, at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center this summer.  Participants of the Annual Meeting came to our evening open house on July 19 th.  Esteemed guests included Susan Hiilgers, wife of Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers and one of the cofounders of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, Dr. Joseph Stanford, NaProTechnology researcher and professor  at the University of Utah Dept. Family and Preventive Medicine and  Dr. Jean Golden Teavald,  former preseident of the AAFCP and  medical director of Morning Star Family Health in Clinton NJ.

Our First Gala at the Union League 

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Thanks to all of you who came out to support the Gianna Center of Philadelphia on Oct 22 for the first Annual Gala.  Your enthusiasm for the Culture of Life that is growing in our city is contagious, and is its own encouragement for soldiers in the battle like the Knights of Columbus, the Missionary Sisters of Charity, the Love and Fidelity Network, and FertilityCare Practitioner Liz Parrish, RN.  Your generosity helps us to realize the promise of their work by enabling us to provide authentically Catholic, pro-life health care to the women and families of our community.

On the Front Lines! 

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is transforming the culture by changing lives.  By supporting chastity; educating couples to understand their own fertility; empowering women with pro-life family planning options; restoring the fertility of women struggling to conceive; providing information and support to women facing crisis pregnancies; and training the next generation of pro-life healthcare providers, our medical team transforms pro-life ideals into real life choices.

We are honored to be called to this work, but we cannot do it alone.

Challenge Appeal

To celebrate the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s first year in operation, a generous benefactor has promised to match any amount up to $25,000 that we receive between now and December 27, 2019.

If you share our values, now is the moment to join us in this critical mission!  Whether you can give $50, $500, or $5,000, your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia will make a difference, and if you act now, our matching donor will double it.

Donate today by clicking here

To learn more about the Gianna Center of Philadelphia’s work in our community visit us online at www.phgiannacenter.org, or mail your gift to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia, P.O. Box 354, Jenkintown, PA  19046.

Thank you for your prayers and support this year, and know that we are praying for you as well!

Will you respond TODAY to turn your pro-life values into real change in women and children’s lives?

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia to Host an An Evening of Celebration on October 22nd in Support of Authentic Femininity

From Barbara Rose, NP, CFCP  – The Gianna Center of Philadelphia.  

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Join us in honoring Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus, the Love and Fidelity Network, the Missionary Sisters of Charity, Norristown, and Liz Parrish and the Friends of FertilityCare.  Cocktail reception and Awards Ceremony.  Black tie or Formal Regalia Optional.

This gala takes place on Tuesday, Oct 22nd at the Union League of Philadelphia
140 S Broad Street, Philadelphia PA. 19102.  For more information about this gala,  visit their event page using this link.  

Information on sponsorships can be found in the link below.  For more information, please contact Emily Rice at emilyaltermattrice@gmail.com.

Sponsorships and Case for Support

 

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to providing general gynecologic care, natural family planning education and infertility services – all while honoring the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women and the integrity of marriage. All medical treatments are aimed at restoring the reproductive system and work cooperatively with a woman’s body. 

Use this link to find out more information about the services they provide. 

You are Invited to the Gianna Center of Philadelphia Open House on April 26th

Please join us to celebrate our Grand Opening Friday, April 26, 2019

Come visit our new offices!

Suburban Community Hospital
Medical Arts Pavilion, Suite 207
2705 DeKalb Pike, East Norriton, PA 19401

12 Noon      Blessing by Bishop McIntyre and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1-4:00          Open House, refreshments served

To RSVP,  call Emily Rice at 215-287-6218

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The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to providing general gynecologic care, natural family planning education and infertility services – all while honoring the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women and the integrity of marriage. All medical treatments are aimed at restoring the reproductive system and work cooperatively with a woman’s body.  For more information, please use this link.  Follow them on Facebook here