Category Archives: Healthy Living

crisis pregnancy center

The phrase “crisis pregnancy center” may not be familiar to some. To help the local community understand our mission and purpose, here’s a little background about who we are and what we do. WHO IS LIFE’S CHOICES? Life’s Choices began in 1986 as the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Kutztown located in a small college town in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Like…

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life with your partner in the newborn stage

For most couples, bringing home a baby is a greatly anticipated event. They host gender reveal parties with family and friends and gather for baby showers. They prepare the nursery, setting up the crib and changing station and stocking it with impossibly small diapers and onesies. They take childbirth classes and come up with a birthing plan for the hospital.…

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miscarriage or pregnancy loss

I had a miscarriage. Even now, almost two decades later, I feel funny sharing this very personal thing. My husband and I had tried for almost a year for our first baby, and we were so excited anticipating the birth of our child. I had an initial ultrasound and everything looked good. I even purchased a soft yellow teddy bear…

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life of gratitude

Gratitude: “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” There have been many times this year when it has been difficult to show gratitude. For many, 2020 has been a year of illness, isolation, financial struggle and uncertainty. And yet, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and reflect on what we do have to be grateful…

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grieving process

Grief is universal, and we have all felt its effects in some way or another. Overwhelming sadness, anger, and regret are just a few emotions we may have when experiencing a loss. Grief affects our physical bodies, our emotions and inner spiritual life in profound ways. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the onset of a sudden…

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children's mental health

There’s a lot of talk about the stress and uncertainty our children are facing these days. Will school open on time? Will there be in person classes, online or a hybrid option? Will there be school sports? When will interactions feel “normal” again? It’s hard to answer any of these questions, so it’s important to educate ourselves on the best way…

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anxiety and covid-19

Life as we know it has been changing daily since the coronavirus (COVID-19) started hitting the United States (including our community right here in Berks County, Pennsylvania). Businesses and schools are closed, social distancing is the new “normal,” grocery stores are packed and people are hoarding toilet paper. We never saw this coming as we came into 2020, now did we?…

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pregnant

At Life’s Choices, we provide a variety of free pregnancy and family resources for the Berks County, Pennsylvania community and beyond. Our mission is to offer non-judgmental, confidential care to women and families, and thanks to the support of our partners and volunteers, we’re able to do just that! Whether you’re seeking prenatal care or looking for ways to foster…

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Certified Health Coach and guest blogger Carol Boston will lead a free nutrition class at our Life’s Choices Hamburg Office on July 14, 21 and 28. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three classes and learn how to adopt healthier lifestyles and get their families to cooperate! Each evening includes free snacks, games and prizes. Preregistration is encouraged: click here…

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We live in a country where processed food is everywhere, busyness is the norm, and convenience is of utmost importance. Add children to the mix and everything escalates. We get busier, processed junk food is quick and easy, and we have no time or energy for anything else (much less to fight a battle with a toddler to eat a…

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