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Tea is key event for Kingman pregnancy center

SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner<br>
Jill Bender (left) and  Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center Director Teresa Reaume show off gift baskets that will be raffled Oct. 20 at the center’s benefit tea at Metcalfe Park.

SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner<br> Jill Bender (left) and Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center Director Teresa Reaume show off gift baskets that will be raffled Oct. 20 at the center’s benefit tea at Metcalfe Park.

Finding out you are pregnant can be an unexpected delight and overwhelming at the same time, especially if it's your first child.

Family, friends and doctors can answer many questions and offer support. But some mothers don't have a support network and many don't have the funds to cover all the necessities and medical care costs that are required to take care of a child.

That's why Teresa Reaume and her late sister, Gloria Jarquin, started the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center in 1998. The center is holding its main fundraiser, an annual benefit tea, Oct. 20 at Metcalfe Park.

According to WebMD, the out-of-pocket cost for pre-natal care for a mother who didn't have insurance was about $2,000 in 2008.

The cost of an uncomplicated natural birth was around $10,000 and an uncomplicated cesarean section was around $16,000 in 2008.

Once the baby is born, a family can spend thousands of dollars more on a crib, car seat, diapers, formula, wipes, clothing and medical care.

"Even if you have insurance, it may not cover everything," Reaume said.

The whole mission of the center is to provide a place for women to prepare themselves for their new bundle of joy and support them before and after their child is born, up to about age 3.

The center is located at 2975 Northern Avenue and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It serves more than 1,000 families a year and adds around 30 new clients each month.

While the majority of its clients are under the age of 25 and are unemployed, the center is open to every woman regardless of income, age or race, Reaume said.

The nonprofit organization offers free counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds (by appointment) and referrals three days a week.

It also offers free classes in pre-natal, post-natal and parenting skills.

Mothers who watch the videos, read the books and complete the worksheets earn free credits. The credits can be used to buy clothing, diapers, formula, blankets, furniture and other baby necessities from the center's store.

Mothers can also earn credits by going to the doctor, going to Arizona Women, Infants and Children classes, attending parenting or Lamaze classes or bringing in gently used baby furniture for someone else.

In 2011, the center gave away 20,000 diapers and 150 cans of formula.

The center is funded entirely through donations and staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers.

It is always in need of volunteers, baby and maternity clothing, baby furniture, baby wipes, and especially diapers in sizes 2, 3, and 5.

Residents can also donate money to the center through its website at www.pregnancyadviceaid.org.

The center's biggest fundraiser is its annual benefit tea for adults and children.

The theme of this year's tea is "Hats Off to You" and includes tea, dessert, classical music and activities for children and adults.

Two baskets will be raffled off - one filled with picnic supplies for two and another filled with all fixings for a relaxing afternoon of tea.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The tea is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Metcalfe Park.

The cost for an invitation is $25 for an adult and $15 for a children ages 5 to 15.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Invitations can be purchased on the center's website, through email at aaapc1@yahoo.com or by phone at (928) 692-1301. They can also be obtained by visiting the center.

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