The Alpha Center in Sioux City, Iowa, provides complete, accurate information and compassionate advice to individuals facing decisions about unplanned pregnancies. Everything we do is focused on allowing you to make healthy, informed and livable choices. Our staff is supportive, and our goal is to assist you in exploring your options.
Hours: 8:45AM-4:30PM Monday-Thursday
One of the best choices you can make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy is to seek advice in a safe, confidential setting. Alpha Center staff is trained and experienced in helping you face those challenges. Whether you need one appointment or many, we will be here as you make your decision and beyond.
The Alpha Center uses the Precious Feet Pregnancy Test, a professional quality test that is as sensitive as those used in doctor's offices and women's clinics. It is considerably more sensitive than most home pregnancy tests and can show a positive result as early as 7-10 days after conception. More about our free pregnancy tests...
We offer free limited obstetrical ultrasound scans for clients who are 6-14 weeks pregnant. Please call 712.276.0237 for more information.
Pregnancy and parenting are filled with uncertainty. This program helps to answer many of the questions you have and ease your anxiety. Through regular lessons that include DVD's and worksheets, you'll learn important and interesting information about your pregnancy and your baby. Our staff will put together a lesson plan that is unique to your needs. Best of all, you'll work with a client advocate who will help you better understand the challenges and joys that lie ahead for you and your baby.
With each Earn While You Learn lesson completed, you earn credits that you can use to "purchase" for baby and maternity supplies, such as clothes, blankets, diapers, formula — even new baby cribs and mattresses.
We can help you learn how to be the best parent you can be! Call 276-0237 to learn more about this program or to schedule an appointment to begin.
The Alpha Center is not a medical facility, but we can refer you to doctors who are accepting new patients. We also have a list of community referrals, such as community health centers, food banks, social services agencies, shelters, faith-based ministries, etc.
The Alpha Center is unable to provide any financial assistance.
You may be wondering about adoption. This often seems the most difficult choice to make. The idea of carrying a child for nine months, only to place him or her in the care of another family, may seem emotionally impossible. The Alpha Center is not an adoption agency, but we can refer you to area agencies and offer our guidance through the process. You control the decision to consider adoption. Adoption is a wonderful gift and an act of love that allows many birth parents to give their child a family, stability and a better chance for a bright future — things the birth parents currently may not be able to offer.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy is hard. Fear, confusion, and anger are just some of the feelings that you may be experiencing. Before you decide, you deserve to know the facts. Abortion is a legal choice, but that does not make it easy. You may feel pressure into an abortion decision by your partner, friends or family, financial problems, or career or educational goals. Remember, no person will be required to live with the consequences of this decision as much as you will. An Alpha Center client advocate will help you examine your options. Be encouraged to know that many women in the same situation have found the necessary help and resources to make positive choices and realize their dreams. Learn more about abortion...
If you decide to have an abortion, or if you have had an abortion, we can help you deal with possible emotional complications. Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion; this can occur within days of the abortion or after many years. Symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress (PAS) include guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, anniversary grief, flashbacks of abortion, sexual dysfunction, relationship problems, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and psychological reactions. Learn more about post-abortion distress...
Along with emotional and psychological impact, there may be spiritual consequences. People have different understandings of God. Whatever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. We offer the insight of people who have been there and have been healed. If you are ready to work through your grief and move beyond your pain, you will find that our abortion recovery program offers a safe place to begin to heal.
Sex is a wonderful, beautiful gift. The decisions you make today about your sexual life and activity will directly affect your future. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), pregnancy, feelings of being used, guilt and shame are common results of premarital sex. That's why it is best to save sex for marriage — so you can be free from worry, lies, regrets, heartache, diseases and unintended pregnancy. It's not just about sex. It's about health, hope and happiness.
It's never too late to start making better decisions about your sexual health. We all make mistakes, but the biggest one of all is not learning from previous ones. Now is the time to make changes for the sake of your future.
It's your life, and what you do with it is up to you — not your guy; not your friends; not even your family. It's your decision. That's empowerment. And with empowerment comes responsibility. A better life tomorrow is shaped by the choices you make today.
The Alpha Center does not perform or refer for abortion and provides a written disclaimer to this effect to clients requesting services.