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Our Purpose

The Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa is a non-profit Christian ministry that is non-denominational and was started in August 1991. Our purpose is to offer support to those who may be facing unplanned pregnancies. Our desire is to do this in a non-judgmental setting in a caring, compassionate manner. Our objective is to speak the truth in a loving way, providing accurate information and practical help through services offered free of charge.


Who We Are

Executive Director - Rita Baker

I come to PCCI with a long history of non-profit affiliation and board work.  I was actually on our Board of Directors and was asked to serve as Interim Director.  Several months later, I was named Director and have focused on improving the quality and quantity of the services we offer.

I am the mother of two adult sons, one in Dallas, Texas and one on the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  I am an animal lover, and usually share my home with at least one child with a furry coat.

Sharing the journey of motherhood with our clients, their babies and their families means much to me. I was born in a home for unwed mothers and placed for adoption.  I had the best of childhoods and want every child to feel the same kind of love and support that I enjoyed growing up.

Administrative Assistant - Sheila Bower

I grew up in Indianola and quickly wanted to spread my wings after college.  I lived in Dallas, Texas for 10 years and then moved to Minnesota where I lived for 20 years.  Now I’ve found my way back to Iowa to be closer to my parents and sister, who live here in Newton.

I’ve been a stay at home mom since my twins were born prematurely in 1998.  Before they were born, I had started my parenting “career” to an amazing 7-year-old step-daughter who broke me in really quick to the ins and outs of parenting and I was hooked.  She’s also added Gigi to my title with 4 ornery little boys.  And I round things up with one final daughter.  So, if you were keeping count, 4 kids, 4 grandkids.

I’ve enjoyed being on many boards or volunteer committees over the years.  I’ve also been extremely active in my church community, especially with the youth group.  We’re also huge animal lovers at our house.  Our current zoo includes 4 cats, 2 Schnauzers, and 1 black Labrador Retriever.

Counselors & Board of Directors

Our Counselors and Board Members are people who love to serve the Lord and others.

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Center Hours

Monday 12-4 pm

Tuesday  12-4pm

Wednesday 12-4pm

Thursday 12-4 pm



709  1st Ave W, Ste 1

Newton, IA 50208





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