I love babies but they require a lot of work. These cute babies turn into real adults and we all have hopes/dreams for them. I have had the pleasure of helping many babies into the world but nothing breaks my heart more than to have a baby born with little hope and no dreams.
We make a lot of decisions in our life. From what's for dinner to what I want to do when I grow up to who I want to (or don't want to) partner with. When possible, we try to do some planning.....but somehow planning for a pregnancy (which is a big freaking deal) often gets overlooked. We know there are modern birth controls that work a lot better than using nothing or using something that works but requires constant work- you know, like taking a pill at the same time every single day (um, that's pretty difficult). If you are at risk of pregnancy, this could mean you have to work at pregnancy prevention for 3-4 decades of your life. Juno4Me believes that everyone should be educated and have access to every type of birth control, especially the modern ones such as the new and improved IUDs and Implant. IUDs and the Implant work super well at preventing pregnancy, are considered safer than the typical pill since they don't contain estrogen, and more importantly you can forget about it and it's still doing it's primary job. It's crazy that it's as effective as getting your tubes tied or a partner getting a vasectomy BUT it's completely reversible (meaning easily remove at an office visit) and your fertility returns to baseline.
THIS ISN’T OUR FIRST RODEO
Juno4Me is the first program of it’s kind to come to Chicagoland, but similar initiatives have been popping up across the US with astonishing results.
The Colorado Family Planning Initiative drove a significant reduction in teen births and abortions, avoided nearly $70 million in public assistance costs and empowered thousands of young women to make their own choices on when or whether to start a family.
The Contraceptive CHOICE Project from Washington St. Louis began enrollment in August 2007 through 2011. Over the course of 4 years they enrolled over 9K women with standardized counseling on all methods of birth control and removal of all financial barriers. Findings show that women overwhelmingly chose an IUD or Implant with high continuation and satisfaction rates. Pill, patch and ring users had higher unintended pregnancy rates as they were 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy compared to LARC users in Year 1.