When I was in my early twenties Our Bodies Ourselves took the country by storm. There were groups of women forming for the purpose of learning about our bodies! We learned about all kinds of unimaginable things like sex, birth control, self exams and empowerment. I was trained by Planned Parenthood to be a healthcare volunteer. I actually worked in a clinic welcoming patients, getting the charts and setting up exam rooms. When I moved to Chicago I was delighted to find an independent nonprofit clinic that offered women’s health education and services in Lincoln Park. The care I have received has been great! They are now celebrating their 35th year! They are currently looking for a new space as they have outgrown the location they are in.
Here is some information from their web site:
The women’s health movement grew out of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Women’s health activists within the feminist movement were interested in equalizing health care for women by providing alternatives to the existing patriarchal model of gynecological care and by offering access to care for under served populations.
The decriminalization of abortion in 1973 was an important catalyst that led these activists to establish feminist women’s health centers across the country. These clinics focused on self-help techniques such as cervical and breast self-exam, and on other issues central to the women’s health movement at the time such as alternative birthing practices, workplace health, sterilization abuses, and reproductive health education.
In 1975, Chicago Women’s Health Center was created with the mission of offering affordable, educational, and sensitive gynecological services that emphasized self-examination and a peer approach to health care. “We continue this mission as the only remaining collectively run women’s health center in the country.”
Services provided: Gyne, counseling, outreach & education, artificial insem, fertility awareness, acupuncture and more!
Payment options: Self pay on a sliding fee scale, insurance billing including Medicaid and Pink Card, flexible payment plans.
If you have been looking for. or you know anyone that wants compassionate care or health education classes please contact the center. www.chicagowomenshealthcenter.org,
773-935-6126 located at 1025 W Sunnyside Ave #201, Chicago IL, 60657.