Women’s Care Center expecting 155 babies
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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The Crib Club at the Women’s Care Center in Madison offers a variety of items for families expecting a baby. (Catholic Herald photo/Mary C. Uhler)

MADISON -- Kila Hagie is expecting 155 babies! Not her own babies, of course. These are babies of pregnant women Hagie is helping at the Women’s Care Center (WCC) in Madison.

As director of the WCC, Hagie provides free, confidential counseling, support, and education to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

In 2016, the Madison WCC served 525 women, said Hagie. “We focus on the women and their needs at the moment, whether it be housing, food, or finding health care. We find out what their roadblocks are and help them get over their hurdles.”

Ultrasound services

One of the services is providing free ultrasounds, which help pregnant women see their unborn baby. Hagie herself has a degree in radiography and is trained in providing first trimester ultrasounds. (Another WCC staff member can perform ultrasounds at any gestation.)

“It’s amazing to see how the women respond to the ultrasounds,” said Hagie. “I see the women’s faces. It’s a life-changer for many women when they see their little baby.”

The Women’s Care Center is now working with the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative to raise half the cost of a new ultrasound machine. The Knights will match the amount raised.

“The new ultrasound machine is a 3D/4D machine and the difference is incredible,” said Greg Wagner, a local member of the Knights of Columbus who serves on the WCC board.


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Volunteers give time and effort to end abortion
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- When Mary Markielewski retired from her job as a psychiatric nurse at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, she found herself “seeking to do the will of God.”

In recent years, she has tried to live this out by praying outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s east side for an end to abortion.

This license plate can help save lives
Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

On December 7, 2016, there was a quiet announcement that few people probably noticed. But it carried some significant news that can help save lives.

On that date, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles announced that Choose Life Wisconsin Inc. is now an authorized group for the purpose of requesting a specialty license plate.


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