The Gianna Center of Philadelphia will be celebrating their second anniversary at Suburban Community Hospital this month. Below is information from their newsletter detailing how they began. Congratulations to the Gianna Center and to all those involved in the founding of this center.
Few people know that the Gianna Center’s humble beginnings were at the internal medicine practice of Dr. Max Mercado in Northeast Philadelphia. Dr. Mercado, graciously invited Dr. Delia Larrauri and nurse practitioner Barbara Rose to begin their practice in his office located in the Medical Office Building of Jeanes Hospital.
In April of 2019, the Gianna Center moved to its present location: the Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton. There was an open house celebration and blessing by Bishop McIntyre on its first day. Fr. Joseph Lo Jacono, IVE, the Gianna Center chaplain, placed markings in chalk above our door which says in Latin, Saint Gianna pray for us!
Suburban Hospital is ideal for a number of reasons. First, Dr. Larrauri is able to do minor surgery and procedures there and interact with the medical staff and students in the residency program. This helps to bring more visibility to NaProTechnology and the Creighton Model. Second, the hospital is close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 476 – major routes traversing the suburban area. A third reason that the Suburban Hospital is ideal is the fact that it is in close proximity to a large Hispanic community. Since Dr. Larrauri speaks Spanish fluently, the women from this community benefit greatly. Last, and certainly not least, the Gianna Center is not far from Planned Parenthood in Norristown, and is able to offer a life-affirming approach to women’s health and fertility thus becoming a medical resource for many of the Philadelphia area pregnancy centers.
The Gianna Center staff and volunteers pray daily for your safety and for an end to this pandemic. Remember, St. Gianna’s feast day is April 28. St. Gianna Beretta Molla, ora pro nobis!
Below is information on the Gianna Center of Philadelphia from Barbara Rose, NP. This also includes information on a Golf Outing to take place on May 3rd (see flyer). Please read below as Barbara reports on the Gianna Center’s progress these past two years.
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia celebrates two years at Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton this April, all because of the generous support of faithful Catholics.
Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna Center of Philadelphia features two unique women’s health services: the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™. This authentic pro-life women’s healthcare allows us to provide women with a more natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer women’s health care which includes preventive and specialized gynecology and early pregnancy support. This is health care at its finest as it respects the sanctity of life, the dignity of women, and the sacramental integrity of marriage.
The program’s medical director, Dr. Delia Larrauri, speaks Spanish fluently and has been a tremendous gift to the under-served Hispanic community of Norristown.
To continue this life-affirming and transformative mission, we rely on your help. Please consider joining us for the first annual golf benefit at the LuLu Country Club in North Hills, PA, on Monday, May 3rd, 2021. Sponsorship is a great way to show everyone that you support authentic pro-life health care for women, couples and families in our area.
Here is a sample bulletin announcement:
The Gianna Center is dedicated to providing women’s health care and infertility treatment that honor the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women, and the sacramental integrity of marriage. Join us at LuLu Country Club for the first annual Golf Benefit in support of the Gianna Center on May 3, 2020. For details please go to http://www. phgiannacenter.org and click the events tab.
This virtual program, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. Links provided below for registration and for a flyer to be shared with others. Program is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Office of Natural Family Planned of Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Wonder of Eve is a fresh and engaging presentation, helping young women understand how naturally amazing their bodies are and the impact their choices can have on their future health and fertility.
The Wonder of Eve covers:
The marvelous design and function of the female body and reproductive system/menstrual cycles
a brief introduction to tracking cycles—a unique approach to women’s healthcare, no matter the stage in life
ways to take good care of yourself now, to benefit you in the future.
A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. The Wonder of Eve is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Office of Natural Family Planning.
The information below comes from the Gianna Center of Philadelphia. Due to COVID, this year’s program will be virtual. More information on this event will be posted in the coming weeks.
Readers who fondly remember the mother-daughter programs hosted by the Friends of FertilityCare Philadelphia will be pleased to know that we will be continuing the tradition albeit virtually this year.
In spring of 2021, the Gianna Center will be partnering with the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of NFP to bring the Wonder of Eve to the Philadelphia area for the very first time.
The Wonder of Eve is a fresh and engaging presentation, helping young women understand how naturally amazing their bodies are and the impact their choices can have on their future health and fertility. Designed for high school girls and their mothers, this program is ideal as an online program as we await the safe return of in-person events.
The program’s topics include the marvelous design and function of the female body and reproductive system, a brief introduction to tracking cycles and ways for young women to take care of themselves now that will benefit them in the future.
The 60-minute presentation is aligned with both Christian and Catholic teaching and values. The speakers are health care professionals and there is an opportunity for Q&A. For an article in the St Louis Review click here. Look for more details in our next newsletter!
The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is an official charity with Charity Mobile – a phone provider that sends 5% of your plan’s monthly cost to the charity of your choice. Most providers support questionable causes and agendas, but Charity Mobile allows you to support the Gianna Center with every bill. Best of all, they offer the benefits of the major providers, so you won’t have to compromise on services or values! Sign up here!
Below is information concerning a free virtual workshop sponsored by the Culture Project International.
Exciting news for the Gianna Center of Philadelphia! Dr. Delia Larrauri and Barbara Rose, NP, were invited to give presentations for the Restore Culture Virtual Workshops sponsored by the Culture Project International.
The Restore Culture Workshop is a FREE three-day online event. During this weekend, attendees will be invited to learn from experts on various topics related to life, love, family, and holiness, but also to hear personal testimonies and unique experiences from people of all backgrounds. This event is perfect for educators and youth mentors who work with teens and young people. It is also a great resource for parents who want help in forming their children in some of the most sensitive and important truths of the Church on what it means to be human. Topics will include chastity, pornography, dating, marriage, parenting, healing and restoration, identity, and other social, cultural and family issues.
The Gianna Philly medical staff will be speaking on the topic of cycle health and, more specifically, which biomarkers indicate a need for evaluation by a physician – preferably one who practices NaproTECHNOLOGY. This will be in English and Spanish!
Additional speakers include Archbishop Perez, Jason and Crystalina Evert, Dr. Scott Hahn, Cristina Barba, Christopher West, Alexandria DeRose, NP, Dr. Ross Bones-Castro and many more!
For additional information and registration please clickhere.
Below is a testimony by Theresa Strenge, a Creighton Model FertilityCare instructor in Bucks County, from the newsletter of Gianna Center of Philadelphia. In this current atmosphere of gloom and doom, it’s nice to hear a beautiful, uplifting story.
Miracles occur with God’s gift of NaProTechnology! Women, many for the first time, are able to have their medical problems thoroughly investigated, evaluated and properly treated. Couples carrying the cross of infertility are offered hope without having to turn to the infertility industry which is costly in body, mind and soul, besides financially. Women who have suffered the pain of miscarriage are grateful to carry a pregnancy to term even after 4 and 5 miscarriages in a row. In working with engaged couples, NaPro is able to identify if biomarkers (signs or symptoms appearing on the woman’s chart) exist and frequently avoid miscarriage when they are trying to achieve a pregnancy after marriage.
I’m one of the many mothers who after an appointment at the Gianna Center of Philadelphia with her teenage daughter with cycle difficulties thought, “what would we do if Gianna wasn’t here?” My dear daughter readily agreed. Gianna also serves women who are tempted to abort their children and are greatly relieved to find a physician who delivers medically sound and compassionate care. NaProTechnology is an integral part of overturning the culture of death. Every woman in the Philadelphia area deserves this knowledge about her amazing body and that help is available when she needs it with this exciting new women’s health science!.
While every child is a unique and unrepeatable gift from our good and gracious God, we affectionately call the children conceived with the help of our NaProTechnology Consultants “NaPro babies.”
Vincent Paul, 13 and Maximilian Gerard 1 month are first and second generation NaPro babies. Thank you to Barbara Rose, Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald and Dr. Delia Larrauri for doing God’s work!
In your generosity, please spread the good news of Gianna Philadelphia’s presence in our community and the need for its financial support. Thank you to all those who have made this vital center a reality!
Theresa Strenge, RN,CFCP offers Creighton Model FertilityCare instruction in Bucks County. She is pictured here with her daughter, son and grandson.
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The Gianna Center of Philadelphia remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see information below on services they are offering.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
Below is a message from the Gianna Center of Philadelphiaregarding changes to their schedule during this crisis. A phone number is provided in this post for urgent messages.
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!