Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), which operates four health centers in the Monterey coast region, is a trusted resource, providing accessible, compassionate care to the communities in which we are located. PPMM's mission is to ensure that every individual has the knowledge, opportunity, and freedom to make every child a wanted child and every family a healthy family.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, which serves Central California and part of Nevada, is well known as a provider of family planning and reproductive health care. Their Big Idea is to expand behavioral health services, which are in growing demand. Patients in Monterey County experience constant financial pressure from living in communities that are still emerging from the 2008 recession or are squeezed by a sky-high cost of living. Many patients seek professional counseling in order to reduce stress and develop coping mechanisms, and at select Planned Parenthood health centers, including the Watsonville and Santa Cruz locations, they can be referred to onsite behavioral health services that deal with stress management, help with parenting skills, and provide referrals to community resources.
We went to Planned Parenthood, and we were like, ‘How do we take care of our (transgender) child? Because we don’t know how, and we’re confused.’ But the moment we were taken under the doctor’s wing there, she was incredible, so loving and caring. She explained everything to us—including hormone therapy—and, all of a sudden, this heavy burden was lifted off us. We also got to know a couple of the nurses that are transgender, and it made it so much easier for us. I feel bad for people who don’t have the resources because it’s scary. If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood, I really don’t know what we would have done.