Pregnancy center to open

The new Malama Pregnancy Center will have its grand opening from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday at 64 Central Ave. in Wailuku. Mayor Alan Arakawa will do the ribbon cutting. The public is invited.

The center is designed to provide women, especially those with unplanned pregnancies, free and confidential support, information and services. The center’s philosophy is “life affirming,” though it does provide post-abortion counseling and services, said Jenn Ackerman, director of the center.

When individual adoption decisions are made by clientele, the center’s lay counselors can provide referrals to appropriate reputable institutions in the state of Hawaii, a news release said.

Other services include free pregnancy tests and confidential counseling for women and men, who are often overlooked in the process, said Ackerman. The center also provides free formula, diapers and other baby needs for those with financial need.

Plans for the center include offering parenting classes and taking its services to outlying areas of the island, such as Hana. The center hopes to obtain an ultrasound machine.

The center operates as a nonprofit, supported through volunteers and donations.