Eight Babies on the Screen

Autumn scents of pumpkin and apple cider waft through the house. Pregnant mothers, some closer to their due date than others, smile and chatter about diapers and doctors in the cozy kitchen. In a spacious bedroom off the kitchen, a young mother reclines against pillows as a nurse practices holding the ultrasound transducer ("wand") just so on her little baby bump.

This was the scene in the home of a friend of Stanton yesterday.
 
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and your prayers, Stanton SoCal conducted the first ultrasound training session for our volunteer nurses.
 
Our nurses are preparing and studying to be the "first responders" in our Stanton Mobile Medical Center. One of the nurses, Evelyn, performed ultrasounds yesterday on both of her pregnant daughters. The other nurse, Jan, has kept up her RN license after retirement just for the purpose of serving in this ministry. Nicki, the RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer) who is training Jan and Evelyn on the ultrasound machine, graciously drove 2 hours in rush hour traffic because she believes in the work of Stanton.  
Nicki (right) prepares Jan and Evelyn for the day of scans
We are grateful for them and grateful for the many ways in which God has blessed our efforts even before the Stanton Mobile opens its doors.
 
One of the pregnant mamas, a cute blond with no sign of a baby bump (she's just 5 weeks along!), talked with me while she waited for her turn to be scanned. She shared with me that she recently attended a pro-life rally and prayer service and her heart was impacted for abortion-vulnerable mothers and babies. She was so happy to help Stanton, and she did help us today - along with her sweet tiny baby!

Two young ladies drove an hour to participate, both clients of the Stanton Mountain Pregnancy Resource Center. They were both around 20 weeks gestation and were grateful for the opportunity to see their little ones on the screen.  We in turn were blessed to serve them and send them on their way with a small appreciation gift. 

This first day of ultrasound training represents much more than a simple medical training session. It represents the "Go!" that the Stanton SoCal team has heard in recent months. Our leadership team has heard "Wait" so often in the past year, as we anxiously grasped for news of our RV renovation or available medical building space in Lake Arrowhead. We have been so eager to pursue the call God has placed on Stanton SoCal, eager to get down to the work of opening eyes through ultrasound. 

Lauren (left) watches her baby on the screen as nurse Jan takes a turn at the machine.
 
After months of "Wait", we've now heard "Go!"  So we are responding!
  • After scaring away 3 electricians and the investment of hundreds of man-hours, our donated RV is nearly complete inside. This Saturday, our renovation team has plans to finish up loose ends so that the flooring and lights can be installed. Meanwhile, our clinic décor team is busy preparing custom drapes, accents and other elements to create a cozy atmosphere where clients can relax.
  • Last week, I presented a formal request to the Knights of Columbus in the High Desert for Stanton Mobile to be the recipient of an ultrasound machine through the Ultrasound Initiative. The Knights have responded swiftly and generously, and I will be speaking at the assembly level sometime in the near future to answer their questions and explain to them our needs and deadlines.
  • Today, I received news that we have the opportunity to use a large ultrasound machine at our new Lake Arrowhead location. Stanton Mountain is adding a medical location alongside their PRC in Crestline and they have secured office space and community support for the expansion. In order to apply for a medical license, we must have an ultrasound machine ready to use in the office. While we can't use the donated machine in our tiny Stanton Mobile, we can now proceed with licensing the Lake Arrowhead location! The ultrasound machine is well used and nearing the end of its career, but this gift will allow us to pursue licensing simultaneously with fundraising for a new machine for the Lake Arrowhead office.  
  • In the near future, I will have the exciting new exterior wrap design for the Stanton Mobile to share with you. Graphic designers are finishing it up now, customized for our "petite" RV and featuring the beautiful Stanton flower on the side. Our quote cost for the wrap installation is $5,000 and we are praying that God will provide those funds soon.
  • Our first Stanton Mobile Volunteer Orientation, when we will welcome friends of Stanton to partner with us through the gift of their time and skills, will be taking place in early 2014. Our goal is to have a sufficient number of trained volunteers and a strong program to serve clients by the time we open our new Mobile.
If you have followed and prayed for Stanton SoCal in the years since we first launched our vision, thank you! If you have just joined the support team, thank you! Even in those times when all we heard was "Wait", we knew your many prayers were preparing us for the "Go."
 
I hope to have much more frequent news to share with you, as we step up and "Go!"
 
In the meantime, please continue to pray for Stanton SoCal and our faithful leadership team and volunteers.
 
We are also starting a list of equipment needs for the Stanton Mobile, posted online and updated regularly. If you live in the Stanton Mountain PRC area (the San Bernardino Mountains), please don't forget to check their existing needs list as well. Every little bit helps, and you may have something to share that will bless another!
 
Thank you for your continued support of Stanton, and may God richly bless you this autumn season. 
 
For Life,
Danielle Versluys
Director
Stanton SoCal
 

 

 

Launching: Protect Them Both

Our Stanton Mountain Board of Directors were blessed by a visit from Stanton Healthcare Founder Brandi Swindell and Stanton SoCal Director Danielle Versluys.  They shared with us their vision for Stanton Healthcare not just in this mountain community but, worldwide. 
Stanton Healthcare is launching their new campaign Protect Them Both. This beautiful campaign will illustrate that contrary to the popular belief we as pro-lifers are interested not only in saving the child but, saving the mother as well.
 

This campaign will be run not just in Idaho but, here on the mountain!  We at Stanton Mountain are so excited to be launching this campaign at our Dinner on October 9th!  

Brandi told us of a new mega Planned Parenthood opening in Meridian, Idaho This news was devastating, but she sought God's direction in what action Stanton Healthcare should take in response.

After going to pray at the site of the new Planned Parenthood God showed Brandi a piece of land for sale right next door.  Little did Brandi know this would be the location of a new Stanton Healthcare which will open up right next door to Planned Parenthood!  This land was even sold to Stanton Healthcare at half the cost!   

This will provide the women going inside of Planned Parenthood with free ultrasound testing just next door!   

This is just the beginning!  Brandi shared, "Our goal is to use our new Stanton Clinic as a nationwide model for other pregnancy resources centers and life-affirming clinics across the country in our goal to replace Planned Parenthood."  

So many more exciting things are happening at Stanton! Stanton Mountain is pursuing opening up a ultrasound location, Stanton SoCal is working on their mobile ultrasound clinic and the new Stanton Meridian is working hard to pay off their land and begin the building process!  Not to mention several new Stanton locations nationally and worldwide that are in process!  Please lift us up in prayer there is much hard work ahead as Stanton Healthcare continues to grow!   
 
Stanton Mtn PRC

Join Stanton on October 9 as we introduce our newest campaign: Protect Them Both!

At our upcoming Stanton Dinner and Auction you will hear firsthand how you may be able to be a part of the turning tide of public opinion from pro-abortion to pro-life. We are kicking off our new campaign, Protect Them Both, and we need you to be there! 

In last year alone 22 Planned Parenthood clinics closed but, they are still trying to open another one in nearby Victorville and have opened another in San Bernardino.  Planned Parenthood has made it clear that they want to reach out to rural communities; making abortion more accessible in the outlying communities.  

That's us!  Believe me, there is nothing Pro-choice about Planned Parenthood, whose only option is abortion.  Despite their name there is nothing parenthood about them; they simply give out contraceptives for the chance to be there when she forgets to take them or runs out.  Former abortion clinic worker Carol Everett talks of this very practice saying,

"We gave them a low dose birth control bill that, in order to provide any protection, had to be taken at the same time every single day. The girl wouldn't take it accurately the sexually activity goes from 1 day a week to 5-7 times a week, and she gets pregnant. Who does she come to when she's pregnant? She comes to us. We're the sex expert in her life."

 

These are the same practices that Planned Parenthood uses today to bring more business to their practice. This gives them an opportunity to pressure women into abortions and make a profit from harming women and killing children.

You see this is not about the
Right to Choose or abortion clinics would give them access to the ultrasounds without charge.  

No, this is about making millions.  All the while maiming women, killing their offspring and often leaving them with medical conditions that require emergency care elsewhere.

Want to learn more on how you can Protect them Both?  Please join us at our Stanton Dinner on October 9th you will have an opportunity to hear from Joe Slovenec who is a seasoned pro-life warrior.  This will be an opportunity you do not want to miss!

Cannot make it to the Dinner but, want to be involved? Click Here to Donate every bit helps our clients and brings us a step closer to offering free ultrasounds, your donation will save lives!


For Life and For Him, 

Norine Giacopuzzi, 
Director, Stanton Mtn PRC