He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
The Wellspring Life Ministry (formerly the Pregnancy Clinic Ministry) has been serving Annapolis, Bowie Crofton, and Severna Park, and the surrounding communities since 1982. We have cared for more than 38,000 women and their families, offering free medical care, counseling, education, and a broad range of other services and care. While not a primary focus, our life-affirming work also addresses some of our community’s at-risk indicators:
The care or lack of care for mothers and their babies – arguably among the most vulnerable of our population – is an early-life indicator of later health outcomes. Infant mortality rates remain stubbornly high in the communities served by Wellspring Life Ministry, specifically Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County. Prince George’s County, in particular, maintains one of the highest mortality rates in the world for infants under 1-year-old. At our three Pregnancy Clinics, we are able to diagnose pregnancies at the earliest stages, identify possible pregnancy issues during the viability ultrasound, and connect and support vulnerable mothers into appropriate prenatal care. This leads to better health outcomes for both mother and child.
Not only are STDs/HIV a significant health concern for women, but they can also have serious effects on a pre-born baby’s health. Our Sexual Health Clinic, in a working relationship with our local county Health Departments and the State of Maryland, offers STD/HIV testing and STD treatment to women at no cost. Our medical staff truly cares for each client and listens to her concerns about her sexual health, helping her to evaluate how her choices are impacting her personal and health goals and what changes, if any, she might want to consider.
Our community and our nation are impacted when children grow up without a father present. At Wellspring Life Ministry, we understand that men may also struggle when faced when an unexpected pregnancy and are confused about how to react to the prospect of being a dad. With many young men today not having grown up with a father in their lives, they may not understand the importance of their presence in their child’s life. Our specially trained male volunteers, called Male Volunteer Presence Counselors (MVPs), serve in our Men’s Support program and minister to the men who come into our clinic impacted by an unplanned pregnancy. In addition, we offer a LifeSense class, ManUp, as an informal opportunity to engage these men in meaningful conversation about fatherhood, relationships, and other issues surrounding their unique situations. Our goal in these encounters is to empower each man to take up his role as a father and partner and to envision God’s plan for their family.
Our LifeSense Education program offers over 20 classes, covering a wide variety of topics. Classes such as Infant Health and Safety, Healthy Relationships, and How to Afford a Baby, along with the others, address at-risk issues including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, fatherlessness, poverty, shaken baby syndrome, and smoking during pregnancy.
“The Healthcare Landscape in Prince George’s County,” published by Regional Primary Care Coalition, 2018.
“Poverty Amidst Plenty,” published by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, downloaded on their website.
Stories of Impact
Rosa was a newly single mom of two little kids, working through a separation and divorce with her husband. When she found out she was pregnant, she decided she just couldn’t have another baby. She went to an abortion provider, took the first step of the abortion pill, and went back to work.
But the nagging thoughts wouldn’t leave her alone. When Rosa got home that night, her fear and doubt growing stronger by the minute, she told her husband what she had done. He immediately started searching for help online and found “Abortion Pill Reversal,” a medical protocol offered at the Pregnancy Clinic.
Rosa and her husband came to the clinic, were counseled, and saw a tiny little body, perfectly formed, on the ultrasound. They made the decision to try to rescue their baby through the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol.
Mia was born healthy and beautiful, perfectly knitted together, safe and sound. “I know it’s going to be a struggle, but when I see her, I give thanks to God that she is here, safe and healthy. Without the Pregnancy Clinic, my baby would not be here. They believed in me. They encouraged me. They helped me when everyone just said, ‘Go home and finish your abortion.’ And now she’s here, and I thank God for her every day.”
Eric was a single father, working hard to raise his child from a previous relationship, when his girlfriend Talana, a single mom herself, told him she was pregnant. Their fears of how they would possibly manage with this unexpected pregnancy pushed them into thinking abortion was the only answer.
Talana found what she thought was an abortion clinic. Walking into the office, she was surprised to learn the abortion clinic was no longer there. Instead, she had found the Severna Park Pregnancy Clinic. That day, she received free counseling, ultrasound services, and most importantly, was reminded that God is always with her.
“I was NOT alone,” Talana remembers today, “Even when I thought I was going to be alone and by myself. God is with me when I think I’m alone. He never left me.”
Eric came alongside Talana and they chose life for their baby. With support from the Pregnancy Clinic, they worked through many challenges, put their faith in God’s plan, and welcomed the birth of their son, Julius. Now they are a married couple with a beautiful blended family and raising their children to love Jesus.
“The work you perform at your centers is beyond measure,” says Eric today. “I pray for the continued growth of this ministry.”
Rebecca was in her mid-twenties, in grad school and working part time, when she discovered she was pregnant. The baby’s father made it clear that he did not want to be involved. “I was in complete shock,” Rebecca remembers. “I was terrified and didn’t know what to do. I decided not to tell anyone while I tried to figure out my options.”
Rebecca came to the Pregnancy Clinic and was encouraged to tell her family about the baby. She was met with incredible love and acceptance, and made a decision for life. “I knew that even without a dad in his life my child would be deeply cared for by me, my family, my friends and most importantly, his Heavenly Father.”
Rebecca finished her graduate studies and is a single mom to a creative, energetic little boy. “God used the Pregnancy Clinic to help me during a very difficult time. I pray God will use me to do the same for others.”