Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions People Ask About Bella
Q. What does Bella do?
Q. Now that Bella offers medical services, does Bella take the place of an OB care physician?
Q. Can I go to Bella to find out the sex of my unborn baby?
Q. What is “Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound”?

In regard to Bella clients:
Q. Are Bella’s services limited to those with low-incomes or teenagers?
Q. Since Bella is a Christian organization, does Bella seek to convert people to a particular church?
Q. Is Bella’s goal to talk (or guilt) women out of having an abortion?
Q. Is Bella supported by government funds or grants?
Q. Aside from money, what types of donations does Bella accept?
Q. How many other pregnancy centers are there in South Dakota? The USA?
Q. Is Bella a political organization?
Q. If Bella is a volunteer organization, why do you have paid staff?
Q. What kind of training do your volunteers and staff have to go through to work with clients?
Q. Why don’t more people know about Bella?
Q. Why did you change your name?
Q. Is Bella making a difference? Or…Is Bella really needed?

Top Questions People Ask About Bella

Q. What does Bella do?

A. Bella is a non-profit community service organization that offers free services to men and women in unplanned pregnancy situations. We offer free pregnancy testing with medically indicated ultrasound confirmation, reliable information on all options, confidential peer counseling, education and support through pregnancy, parenting classes, referrals for other community support and services such as: prenatal care, adoption services, financial aid, and housing. Bella also offers practical help like maternity and baby clothing, diapers, wipes and nursery furniture through the ‘Earn While You Learn’ incentive program.

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Q. Now that Bella offers medical services, does Bella take the place of an OB care physician?

A. Absolutely not. Bella does not offer prenatal care. Bella currently offers only two medical services: free pregnancy testing and ultrasound services (when medically indicated by a positive pregnancy test).

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Q. Can I go to Bella to find out the sex of my unborn baby?

A. Sorry. Determining the sex of an unborn child is outside the scope of Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound.

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Q. What is “Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound”?

A. Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound is an ultrasound procedure that enables our medical staff to determine three things: confirm pregnancy, measure gestational age and determine viability of the developing fetus/embryo (i.e. is there a heartbeat, is the baby in the womb, and is our medical staff seeing what they would expect to see at the given stage of development?)

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In regard to Bella clients:

Q. Are Bella’s services limited to those with low-incomes or teenagers?

A. Crisis pregnancies can happen to anyone of childbearing age, including those who are married. Bella’s services are open to anyone with a pregnancy related need, regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, marital status or financial status.

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Q. Since Bella is a Christian organization, does Bella seek to convert people to a particular church?

A. Bella is an interdenominational Christian organization. As such, Bella staff and volunteers are free to share the Gospel. However, we do not seek to convert clients to any one church. Like all referrals, Bella provides a list of churches in the area so the client can choose for herself/himself.

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Q. Is Bella’s goal to talk (or guilt) women out of having an abortion?

A. Bella believes very strongly in the sanctity of all human life, however, Bella is not here to sway women in their decisions. We provide reliable, accurate information on all options (including abortion procedures and risks) so a woman is able to make an informed decision regarding her pregnancy. It is our hope and prayer that through the information and services provided, women will make life-affirming choices but we do not use guilt, fear, or any other type of coercion in the interactions with our clients.

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Q. Is Bella supported by government funds or grants?

A. The only government support that our organization has ever received were grants for the Stop and Think abstinence-until-marriage program. A large CBAE grant ended in October 2008 and a smaller Title V grant ended in September 2009. Because Bella wants to be free to share the Gospel and provide spiritual counsel to our clients, we do not seek government funding for our client services.

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Q. Aside from money, what types of donations does Bella accept?

A. We accept donations of new or like-new maternity or baby items (clothing, diapers, nursery furniture, etc.). We would also accept donations of office supplies.

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Q. How many other pregnancy centers are there in South Dakota? The USA?

A. There are three pregnancy resource centers in South Dakota (Care Net in Rapid City, Alpha Center in Sioux Falls and Bella in Spearfish).

There are approximately 4,000 pregnancy help centers located in the United States. Bella belongs to two national organizations of pregnancy centers: Care Net and NIFLA. For more information on these organizations go to: www.care-net.org and www.nifla.org

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Q. Is Bella a political organization?

A. Bella is not a political organization, but a very practical one. We are a crisis intervention center where women, men, and families can come for information, support, and education during an unplanned pregnancy. As a 501(c)3 organization we do not endorse political parties or candidates.

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Q. If Bella is a volunteer organization, why do you have paid staff?

A. Because Bella is a mission, we rely heavily upon volunteers in every aspect of ministry – from the Board of Directors to those who help with mailings. However, as a non-profit corporation, Bella also has a business aspect that must be managed with the highest level of integrity and consistency. Because of the high level of responsibility and accountability in managing the business aspects of Bella, paid staff have been retained to keep the organization running smoothly.

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Q. What kind of training do your volunteers and staff have to go through to work with clients?

A. Any staff or volunteers who have direct contact with clients must complete a 24-hour volunteer training seminar and in-office training. The seminar teaches crisis intervention skills along with a wealth of information on abortion in America and the biblical basis for the sanctity of human life.

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Q. Why don’t more people know about Bella?

A. What we have found is that even when someone has heard our name, they usually don’t think about Bella and what we have to offer until they (or someone they know) need our services. However, we recognize that some people truly haven’t heard about Bella before. Unfortunately, our limited budget makes it difficult to adequately promote our services through advertising and promotional venues. Bella also has a very small staff, each of whom must juggle many administrative and/or client service job duties. This adds to the difficulty of promoting the organization in the community. We would gladly welcome volunteer and financial help with marketing.

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Q. Why did you change your name?

A. The name change was made in an effort to attract more post-modern generation clients. Short, catchy names that can be remembered a week later are very appealing to the age demographic that Bella primarily serves.

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Q. Is Bella making a difference? Or…Is Bella really needed?

A. The number one response Bella has received from clients is: “I don’t know what I would have done without you.“ Bella is walking in the footsteps of Jesus: bringing healing to the broken-hearted, defending the widow and fatherless (in today’s society, single moms and their children fall into this category), providing for those in need, and teaching the truth in love.

No other organization in our area offers free services to men and women in unplanned pregnancies. No other organization in our area offers a program like ‘Earn While You Learn’. No other organization in our area offers an abstinence-until-marriage program to students in public school and youth organizations; no other organization in our area is offering free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds; no other organization in our area is providing free crisis intervention counseling for those in unplanned pregnancies. We are not aware of any other organization in the Northern Hills area that is upholding the Sanctity of Human Life by doing everything possible to enable abortion vulnerable women to carry their babies to term.

One of the greatest joys of working or volunteering at Bella is holding a newborn baby in your arms that would have been aborted if not for this ministry. Each and every time the Lord gives us the privilege of doing this, it confirms what is already in our hearts: “we have to do everything we can to keep Bella going.” Our hope and prayer is that you will help us do this.

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