The Clarity Clinic was giving tours, which allowed for a chat with its Executive Director, Kris Nauman. The clinic provides a wide variety of educational and support services — for pregnant women especially, but also for men and women, young and old, in the community. All of the clinic’s services are free of charge and confidential.
Services for pregnant women include pregnancy testing, STD testing, ultrasounds, counseling, and referrals. The “First Steps” program for expectant mothers is an “earn to learn” educational program on prenatal care and the care of infants.
“We go into nine school districts and 25 schools,” according to Nauman. The clinic also offers educational programs on relationships — including boundaries — and healthy sexuality, for students in grades 5 through 12, for college students, and for parents and guardians.
The clinic offers post-abortion counseling for both women and men, and programs for women suffering from post-partum depression.
The clinic has a rapidly growing clientele. In 2017, 1,525 total clients were served; this year, 1,782 clients have been served as of late September.
“Our first location was on Delhi Street … At that time, it was the Tristate Pregnancy Center … Then we were over by Hillcrest on Asbury Road for ten years … Planned Parenthood (of Dubuque) was closed in April of 2016, and we purchased the building in May of 2016.” Said Nauman. The Clarity Clinic is a service of the Dubuque Pregnancy Center, founded in 1994. Nauman has been with the organization since July of 2008. The clinic is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, 100% supported by local donors.
“The most powerful choice (expectant mothers) can make is an informed choice … by providing a free pregnancy test, a free STD test, and a free ultrasound, that gives them the power to make an informed decision … It’s important for her to understand that, other than abortion, there is another option,” Nauman said. If a mother chooses to give up her baby for adoption, Nauman says, “she can be very involved in deciding what type of adoption she would want. She can be involved as much as she would like or not at all. She’s in control of making that powerful decision.”
“There’s three things we look for. First of all, is it a viable pregnancy … Then checking to see if there is cardiac activity … and third measuring gestationally (i.e., how far along she is) … If there’s not cardiac activity or the pregnancy is not in the uterus, our protocol is to send them to the emergency room; that a woman is at risk,” Nauman said in regards to the ultrasound.
“If they do choose an abortion, that’s their choice; we won’t judge them … We hope they would make a life-affirming decision, but it’s their choice.” Nauman said.
“We have a medical director and three other medical doctors that review all the ultrasounds and all the charts.” On the other hand, Nauman said, “We’re not taking the place of a prenatal care doctor.” The staff at the clinic includes Nauman, two other full-time employees, part-time staff, and numerous volunteers.
The clinic is located at 3365 Hillcrest Road (just west of JFK) in Dubuque. Conveniently located on a city bus line, it also has plenty of free parking. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The phone number there is 563-556-5250. A 24 hour Helpline, run by Care Net, the clinic’s national affiliate, is also available; that number is 800-712-HELP. For more information, check out the clinic’s website at www.clarityclinic.com.