Who We Are

Alternatives Women's Center is a fully licensed pregnancy Medical Clinic in the State of California. We are accredited by the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.), the first pregnancy clinic in the state of California with this distinction.  Our Services are free. Medical Clinic Website

We are a non-profit (501 c3), life-affirming ministry, providing guidance to women in reproductive years.  Alternatives Women's Center receives no government funding or grants.  Your donation is much appreciated and tax deductible.

Our Mission:

To provide a medical environment that protects the right to life of the preborn.

Our Vision:

To provide guidance and alternatives to women who are considering abortion.


As a medical clinic, we provide services to women facing unplanned pregnancies including pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, and education in pregnancy and infant care.

Each patient is presented with the facts of abortion and the reality of the baby in her womb.  Possibilities of other options - parenting, placing for adoption - are explored.

Post-abortion support programs are available for those walking through the regret and emotional pain of previous abortions.

We treat the whole woman- exploring physical, medical, intellectual, and spiritual needs.

Our History:

The roots of Alternatives Women's Center date back to 1985. A group of women initially began the outreach by giving out baby food, formula and diapers from a storeroom closet in Escondido.

The community and its needs grew quickly. Soon this group began offering free pregnancy tests and giving out a more diverse array of physical provisions including baby clothes, supplies and furniture. They also began speaking in schools as requested.

All services were free, volunteers ran the program and financial support came from individual donors and churches who shared the same burden.

Ten years later in the summer of 1995 the decision was made to further develop the organization. A new corporation, Alternatives Pregnancy Care Clinic, opened as a fully licensed medical clinic.

Services were added including nurse assessments, free pregnancy tests with verification, limited ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and abstinence education.

All services continue to be free. We are staffed primarily by volunteers. Many individuals and churches partner with us to make this happen, including those who contribute the necessary finances. Nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, lawyers, concerned individuals from every walk who volunteer as advisors, event coordinators, office personnel, etc work together to facilitate this outreach. We also have an outstanding group of individuals giving leadership as Board Members.


"Alternatives Women's Center does a very good job providing professional medical service to women in the area. The patients referred to me speak highly of the genuine concern and the quality care they receive from Alternatives."
Duane Buringrud, M.D.
Escondido, CA

"While many complain about the evils of abortion, abuse, addiction and crisis pregnancies, AWC provides medical expertise, practical parenting help and solid biblical counseling for women and their unborn babies. I wholeheartedly endorse Alternatives Women's Center."
Dennis Keating, Senior Pastor
Emmanuel Faith Community Church
Escondido, CA