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October 16, 2018
Ultrasound

Life in the Balance

Life hangs in the balance as I write. A precious tiny life may not take his first birth because his mother feels overwhelmed and trapped by […]
October 2, 2018
Tanis Jean-Louis, Clinic Director

From My Heart: A Trusted Resource

by Tanis Jean-Louis, Clinic Director “I need to be seen.” Alexis* called, desperate to see someone right away. One of our nurses talked with her over […]
September 25, 2018

Have You Seen Us at the DMV?

You Help Patients Find Out About Us All Over Town Feel like you’ve seen a First Care Clinic ad when you’ve been out and about in […]
September 18, 2018
Jade and her baby boy

On the Right Path

How You Changed Jade’s Life Jade* was worried and incredibly nervous. Her family relationships were difficult and she wasn’t sure how much longer she’d have a […]
September 11, 2018
Fundraising Banquet 2018 -- Oh the Places We'll Go

Take the Care Net Banquet Challenge. You won’t regret it.

I remember my first banquet. Having lived in Madison for under a year, I was wary of the liberal environment I found myself living in. I […]
September 4, 2018
Gabriela and her miracle baby

¿Que pasa? First Care and a Miracle

Gabriela* thought she was pregnant. And unlike many women we see, she was happy about it. But she started spotting and was concerned about a miscarriage. […]
August 28, 2018
One happy mama

This Came in Our Mail

We opened our mail and found this: A birth announcement with a sticky note thanking us for our care and our prayers. Lily’s mom wanted to […]
August 21, 2018

New Beginnings Ahead

With September just around the corner, many of us are thinking about the new school year ahead. The start of the school year, with all the […]
August 15, 2018
Jayla did not know how she could continue her pregnancy

So Much Going Wrong

“I don’t know how I can carry this pregnancy. I have so much stuff in my life that’s going wrong,” Jayla* told our nurse. Jayla has […]
August 7, 2018
Window of time to make abortion decision

Entering This Tiny Window

How long do you think it takes from the time a woman confirms that she is pregnant to deciding to have an abortion? A. 0 days […]
July 31, 2018
No help at women's health clinic if carrying to term

We Can’t Help You

“I called (a women’s health clinic) and was told that if I was going to carry my baby to term, there wasn’t really anything they could […]
July 24, 2018
When adoption is seen as morally wrong

When Adoption is Morally Wrong

“I need an abortion.” When a woman tells us she needs an abortion, she often sees her options as abortion or parenting. Since her life circumstances […]
July 17, 2018
When abortion is morally neutral, making that choice makes sense.

Just Have Another Abortion

“If I’m pregnant, I’ll just have another abortion. It’s no big deal,” Kaitlyn* told the nurse. Kaitlyn has already had two abortions. She spoke about the […]
July 10, 2018
Natalia and Jeremy

You Gave Natalia Courage She Needed

She Was Terrified to Tell Her Boyfriend. The year was 2011. Natalia* was afraid she was pregnant. She wasn’t sure what to do. She didn’t want […]
July 3, 2018
American flag - Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

From My Heart – Life and Liberty

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Flags will be prominently hung around our home and we’ll gather with loved ones to make the most […]
June 26, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court

We’re Not Promoting Abortion

This morning, in their 5-4 decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld free speech rights for pregnancy centers. They struck […]
June 19, 2018
Happy baby with tongue out

So Many Ways to Save and Change Lives

Give. Pray. Volunteer. Those are three ways that you can, and might already, be involved to save lives and transform hearts. In this culture where businesses […]
June 12, 2018
Being Dad

Helping New Fathers Take the First Steps to Fatherhood

Why Being Dad Meets on Their Turf Maurice* had just discovered he was going to be a dad. He was eager to learn what being a […]
June 5, 2018
Caden running and playing like any 5 year old boy.

A Little Boy is Here Because of You

Thank you for giving life to Caden. “He’s alive today because of you,” Alyssa* told us. Alyssa recently came to our clinic with her five-year old […]
May 29, 2018
Two adorable babies crawling

I Can Crawl!

Celebrating Milestones Two babies who live at The Elizabeth House started crawling recently. Those were days of great joy! Their moms, and the other moms and […]
May 22, 2018
Spring to Life 2018 fun and games

My Daughter is Here Today Because of You

“My daughter is here today because of you.” Kendra* and her four-year-old daughter, Aubrey*, were at Spring to Life over Mother’s Day weekend. They came to […]
May 15, 2018
Whole Heart post abortion support

Never Want to Go Through That Again

“I never want to go through that again.” Our nurses sometimes hear this statement from women who have made an abortion decision in the past. Recently, […]
May 8, 2018
"Good Job" is their message to you

“Good Job!”

Kimoni* and Ada* had recently moved to Madison when they suspected Ada was pregnant. They were married and excited to start their family. But being new […]
May 1, 2018
Back pocket condom & birth control pills

“Condoms Can’t Protect Everything”

Did you know that we’re in public schools in Madison and surrounding communities? Medical professionals from Care Net give LifeWise presentations in middle and high school […]
April 24, 2018
Molly had no where left to turn

The Best Tool

Molly* has struggled with substance abuse all her adult life. She’s been in and out of rehab and done better and worse. The end of 2017 […]
April 17, 2018
Roland Warren debunks John Oliver's claims

What the Enemy Intended for Evil…

On April 8th, HBO comedian and host of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver, aired a satirical “comedic” attack on pregnancy centers. We’d like to be able […]
April 10, 2018
Couple's hands

She Speaks Their Language

Pierre* and Esther* walked through our doors one morning. They had driven an hour to get to our clinic. They were desperate. Esther was pregnant and […]
April 3, 2018

From My Heart: Not an Outcast by Any Means

What stirs your heart when you read and ponder the intimate conversation between the Samaritan woman at the well and Jesus? Have you also wondered why […]
March 27, 2018
Ashlee and her daughter

You Took a Chance on Ashlee

And Helped Bring About God’s Plan “My baptism meant I was serious about changing my life,” said Ashlee*. “It meant I stopped smoking marijuana and drinking […]
March 20, 2018
In Tribute to Louise Uselman

Why Do YOU Give to Care Net?

For the Uselman family, it started with Grandma Louise. Grandma Louise, as she’s fondly remembered, was a woman of great virtue. She had a love and […]
March 13, 2018
Ultrasound

Look! A Pivotal Picture

“Look!” Ryan* told our Fatherhood Specialist, holding up a black and white ultrasound photo of his tiny preborn child. He was grinning from ear to ear. […]
March 6, 2018
Diamond ring ultrasound

God Gave Her a “Diamond Ring”

Amira* came to us to test for sexually transmitted infections, but as she met with our nurse, she asked for a pregnancy test too. When the […]
February 27, 2018
Tia Rice, Operations Manager

Introducing a Woman Who Helps Others Get Back Up

We are thrilled to introduce you to a passionate new member of our staff, Tia Rice. One of the first things Tia told us is that […]
February 20, 2018
Male peer advocate meeting with a young man

Helping Fathers Step Up

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, […]
February 13, 2018
A Valentine for Alessandra

A Valentine for Alessandra

Sometimes a Valentine looks like a meal and a rent check. Your love made a difference for Alessandra* and her son. Because of you, Alessandra has […]
February 6, 2018
Mitch Freeman, Fatherhood Specialist

Introducing a Man Who Loves Being a Dad

If you’ve been walking with Care Net for a while, you may know already know this. It has been on our hearts to move our Fatherhood […]
January 30, 2018
2018 Impact Report

You’ve Made a Difference for Life!

When we talk about saving and changing lives, we really mean it. The essence of what we do every day makes the difference between life and […]
January 23, 2018
Bedroom at The Elizabeth House

When a Room Says “You Matter”

“All this is for me?!” exclaimed Jada*. Jada was looking at her new bedroom in The Elizabeth House for the first time. The fully furnished bedroom […]
January 16, 2018
First ultrasound room

The Year Was 1998

The year was 1998. Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County was then the Pregnancy Information Center. This name was often abbreviated PIC. PIC also stood […]
January 9, 2018
Rose and her beautiful daughter

You Turned Lost into Found

Now Rose* Can Do Anything, Because of You A courageous and beautiful Rose, a 2017 graduate of The Elizabeth House, shared her story of hope and […]
January 2, 2018
Liz Osborn, CEO

From My Heart: Vision for 2018

by Liz Osborn —  As followers of Jesus Christ, we all hold the conviction of serving and caring for the poor and needy, especially those facing […]
December 19, 2017
Hopelessness and an STD test lead to a prayer and hope

An STD Test and a Prayer

Megan* tried to hold back her tears while talking with our nurse, Billie Jo. She was sure she had an STD. She was very nervous and […]
December 12, 2017
Imago Dei

Which One is Made in the Image of God?

“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27 The Sad Truth We […]
December 5, 2017
Toddler praying

“I Love That You Pray For Me”

“Could we pray for you?” a nurse asked Jessica*. “Yeah, I love that you always pray for me here,” Jessica replied. As far as we know, Jessica is not a […]
November 28, 2017
10 days - 6 lives at risk

10 Days – 6 Lives

10 days – 6 lives at risk This is hard. We have seen God answering our prayers — and your prayers. We have been asking God […]
November 21, 2017
Mom & toddler

The Almost Abortion

“I have to tell you. I almost had an abortion with this pregnancy,” Taylor* confided to our nurse manager during her ultrasound. Taylor was a patient […]
November 14, 2017
Chloe and her adorable son

My Munchkinland

Chloe*, our former patient and a new mom, has a special message for everyone who makes Care Net’s clinic possible. At Care Net’s recent banquet, she […]
November 7, 2017
Meet Aiden.

Meet Aiden

Aiden is a nine year old boy who loves to play football, basketball and baseball and enjoys nature, hunting and farming. He plays the piano and […]
October 31, 2017
Desperate Times to New Beginnings

Desperate Times to New Beginnings

Caitlin’s* mom has been in jail since she was in middle school. Her dad hasn’t been in the picture since before that. Caitlin went to live […]
October 24, 2017
Respect Life

Wonderfully Made

October is observed as Respect Life Month in the Catholic Church. We at Care Net are comprised of people from across denominational lines — Catholics and […]
October 17, 2017
Exit reviews

Friendly. Helpful. Non-judgmental.

Friendly. Helpful. Non-judgmental. Professional. Kind. These are words we hear over and over again on exit surveys that our patients complete. 99% of our patients responding […]
October 10, 2017
Breana and her children

You Gave Breana a Home

And now she’s giving back. A home is so much more than a roof and four walls. It’s a place where most of us find love […]
October 3, 2017
Liz holding baby

From My Heart

by Liz Osborn — At Care Net we focus on saving and changing lives. We desire to see all babies given the opportunity to live life […]
September 26, 2017
Shelby, former client, and daughter, Emma

You Gave Shelby a New Life

Shelby has made lasting changes for herself and “the love of her life” Do you remember Shelby*? When we first met her in 2014, she had […]
September 19, 2017
Generations of Faith: Telling the Story - Care Net's Annual Fundraising Banquet

Will You Be a Part of Telling the Story?

Where can you laugh with friends you rarely see, get tears in your eyes listening to a young mom tell her story, hear the latest about […]
September 12, 2017
We need men!

Breaking News: We Need Men

This news actually is not new, however. We always have needed men. 31 years ago last month, Liz Osborn began as Care Net’s Executive Director. At […]
September 5, 2017
Billie Jo, RN

“How Can I Love Another?”

Billie Jo had an opportunity to see a Proverb in action recently. “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right […]
August 29, 2017
When "Everyone Else is Doing It" is Horrifying - "Eliminating" Down Syndrome

When “Everyone Else is Doing It” is Horrifying

“Your baby will not be normal. He won’t have a very good quality of life…You may want to consider abortion.” Unfortunately, this is an actual message […]
August 22, 2017
Toddler first steps

First Steps

Stephanie* turned away from the sink and held out her hands toward Carter*, her not-quite-one-year-old son. Carter’s face nearly exploded with a smile as he exuberantly […]
August 15, 2017
Prayer works

Prayer works!

“Prayer works!” exclaimed Kayla.* “Tell everyone who prayed for me, ‘thank you.’ The company offered me a job on the spot!” Kayla’s summer job is coming […]
August 8, 2017
Ultrasound caring for poor

Poverty, Abortion and You

What does saving and changing lives have to do with caring for the poor? We know that God commands us to care for the poor. The […]
August 1, 2017
Kidney Bean Size Baby

Eyes on a Kidney Bean?

Today it was my turn to be the second staff person in the ultrasound room. And it was my first time. The young couple watched with […]
July 25, 2017
Pregnant & homeless in Madison

Is a Second Chance Enough?

Homelessness is a serious problem in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. 70 to 90 pregnant women are homeless each year in Madison alone, according to a 2016 […]
July 18, 2017
Every day, 365 days a year, there are two women in Dane County who end their pregnancies.

No First Breath for 777 Children

The numbers are out. The State of Wisconsin released their annual report on reported abortions for 2016. In Dane County, abortion numbers have held relatively steady […]
July 3, 2017

Bringing Adoption Back into the Discussion

From My Heart By Liz Osborn It was an emotional meeting. Jenna shared her very personal and trying adoption story from 18 years ago with me […]
July 3, 2017

To Proclaim Freedom

What does Care Net have to do with proclaiming freedom? Aren’t we about saving and changing lives? Yes! But we are about much more than saving […]
June 27, 2017

“You are Lifesavers!”

You helped Chloe make “the best decision she ever made.” Chloe* had been feeling really sick for about six weeks – so sick she spent most […]
June 19, 2017

Four Lives Saved!

It’s not every day that we have an opportunity to save a life. We hear stories of “regular people” being in the right place at the […]
June 13, 2017

When STI Testing Reveals a Shock

Why Provide Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections? Because It Made a Difference for Lindsey, Nathan—and Someone Else —  Lindsey* was worried about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) […]
June 6, 2017
5 ways to help a friend

I’m Pregnant. I’m Overwhelmed. I Want…

“I’m Pregnant. I’m Overwhelmed. I Want an Abortion” What would you do if a friend or family member confided this to you? How would you respond? […]
May 30, 2017

Who’s Having Abortions?

The average woman who has an abortion: Is single Is between 15 and 24 years old Does not have any other children Lives in poverty Is […]
May 23, 2017

A Surprising Story About Millennials

We’ve all read the studies about millennials. Or perhaps you are a millennial and would like to read some good news about your generation. Millennials are […]
May 16, 2017

Women’s Health Every Day

May 14-20 is National Women’s Health Week. At Care Net, we talk about women’s health every day and in many ways. We equip young women to […]
May 9, 2017

Introducing a Praiseworthy Woman

This week is National Nurses Week, which is celebrated every year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. During this week […]
May 1, 2017

What About Those Baby Bottles?

You’ve probably seen Care Net’s baby bottles at your church. And likely you’ve picked one up and put cash in it. Hopefully you’ve brought it back […]
April 25, 2017

What’s New?

XYZ Awareness Month. No, that’s not actually very new, is it? Every month seems to be Awareness Month for dozens of causes. And virtually every day […]
April 18, 2017

Those Smiling Moms and Adorable Babies Wouldn’t Be There

Those Smiling Moms and Adorable Babies Wouldn’t Be There If It Weren’t For Our Amazing Volunteers We are blessed at Care Net to have wonderful volunteers […]
April 12, 2017

My Eyes Were Opened

By Chari Suiter, RN Volunteer About a year and a half ago I felt God leading me to volunteer in some area of ministry. One day […]
April 3, 2017
Liz holding baby

From My Heart – Easter Every Day

by Liz Osborn — As we prepare to celebrate the joy and triumph of Easter, I found myself reflecting on the glorious events surrounding the resurrection […]
March 29, 2017

Now I Get It

Volunteering at Care Net Hits Home for Katie Julie, our COO, received this text from Katie who volunteers in our clinic teaching infant CPR and first […]
March 21, 2017
Baby in womb.

The Science of Life

Many of us know that a preborn baby is a new human being, entirely unique from his mother. And we value this preborn baby, and his […]
March 14, 2017

Celebrating 32 Years

Celebrating 32 Years of Saving and Changing Lives This week we celebrate Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County’s 32nd birthday. On March 15, 1985 we […]
March 7, 2017

You Saved a Life Last Week

You saved a life last week. How often do you hear those words directed to you? Yet, because of your support, a vulnerable life was protected. […]
February 28, 2017

Introducing an Exemplary Woman

Before Black History Month ends, we’d like to take a few minutes to introduce you to (or help you become better acquainted with) a dedicated and […]
February 21, 2017

Sex and Marriage in the Same Sentence

“Some days I just leave the school hoping that someone took what I said to heart. Other days I am totally encouraged by their comments.” Kylie, […]
February 14, 2017

Middle School Students Need to Know About Chlamydia?

Do middle school students really need to know about Chlamydia? Unfortunately, in our culture today — and in neighborhoods, and even in our churches — the […]
February 7, 2017

“Whose Womb Holds the Chief?”

February is black history month. But do you know how it began? Its precursor was created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 and observed on the […]
January 31, 2017

All This Marching

All this marching…now what? Hundreds of thousands of people have descended upon Washington in the last couple weeks. Some to be a part of the Women’s […]
January 23, 2017

Two Lives End Today

What if today’s headline read, “Man on the verge of discovering a cure for AIDS killed” and no one mourned? Or “16 year old girl killed […]
January 17, 2017

From My Heart: Dads Matter

by Liz Osborn Remember the 1950’s sitcom Leave It to Beaver? Ward Cleaver always made it home in time for dinner and was key to ensuring […]
January 10, 2017

Celebrating and Moving Ahead

As we begin 2017, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a few things YOU made possible in 2016. As we assemble our annual statistics, […]
January 3, 2017

Panic vs. Calm

There are many reasons why the women who walk through the doors of Care Net feel abortion is their only option. For Natalie,* it was a […]
December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May you know the joy of this season. Thank you for all you do to make a […]
December 19, 2016

What Does This Gift Hold?

Guess what is inside this package. Go ahead…take a guess. As unlikely as it seems, it is actually a floor lamp. Once unwrapped, it will give […]
December 13, 2016

“Friendly and Knowledgeable”

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, very friendly and welcoming, welcoming and helpful. Comments like these about our staff and volunteers are the most common answers to this […]
December 6, 2016

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas. It means so much to so many. For three new graduates of The Elizabeth House, it means moving into their very own places […]
November 29, 2016

Beginning Advent

As we begin the beautiful season of Advent, we have much for which we are thankful. Virtually every day, at least one person walks through our […]
November 22, 2016

Give Us This Day

You Have Probably Heard About #Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a day planned for giving back after we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and then begin the […]
November 14, 2016

A Graduate’s Story

When I found out I was pregnant, I never questioned whether or not I was going to have her. I always knew I wanted her, but […]
November 9, 2016

It Could Be a Wonderful Life

by Liz Osborn Excerpted from “Our Role in Redemption” speech delivered at the Annual Care Net Fundraising Banquet on November 3, 2016. Every life matters. Every […]
November 1, 2016
5 ways to help a friend

Five Ways to Help a Friend

Recently I was talking with a woman I’ll call Leslie. Leslie told me that she wished more people knew about Care Net. Then she told me […]
October 25, 2016

So What Really Happens When…?

Perhaps you’ve wondered what happens when a woman comes to our clinic, concerned that she may be pregnant. When she enters the reception area, each patient […]
October 18, 2016

First Care Clinic on TV

Did you see us on TV? Our very own First Care Clinic was on Channel 3 last week, featured on Buzzed into Madison, with Emmy Fink. […]
October 11, 2016

Not These Two

Every day in Dane County, two women end their pregnancies, feeling they have no option but abortion. But on a recent day, God broke in and […]
October 5, 2016

Welcome…

Welcome to the Friends of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County website. We are glad you are visiting our new site! Perhaps you have been […]