Why We Are Here

Because of God's transforming mercy through Christ, Coastal Pregnancy Center exists to support and nurture babies and their families by providing abortion alternatives to those facing unplanned pregnancies, healing to those who have had an abortion, and by upholding truth to the community through abstinence education with the hope that others may experience His transforming grace.

We have new hours of operation

As of March 1, 2020, we are now serving our clients the following days:

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 9am-5pm

Thursday 9am-5pm

If you have any questions, please contact the center.

Meet Laura Strabley

Laura Strabley has been named Executive Director at CPC

She began her new position on May 4.

“I am incredibly passionate about the community support provided by the Coastal Pregnancy Center.  I'm excited about the opportunity to serve alongside a team whose goal is to build a culture that affirms the dignity of all humanity.” 

Laura Strabley holds a B.A. in Christian Counseling and has invested more than 17 years serving as a Director in pregnancy center ministry.  Additionally, she has served three years on the Board of LIFElink Carolina, an organization connecting pregnancy centers in the state of North Carolina.  Laura and her husband, Kevin, reside in Ayden and are blessed with a daughter, Mia.    


  The 2020 campaign is underway. Call the center at 252-946-8040, email, or contact a board member to request your baby bottles to fill with change, bills, or checks! 

Celebrating Families One Baby at a Time

Joezetta's Story

“I was treated like a real person, not just a statistic going into a folder,” says Joezetta Gatewood of Washington. Gatewood is one of the “success stories” of the Coastal Pregnancy Center (CPC). She remembers a strong conviction that her aunt formed after using CPC’s services. Since 1987 CPC assists families in this community achieve a positive pregnancy and parenting outcome by offering pregnancy tests and ultrasounds and through the use of evidence-based education, class attendance incentives, material services and professional and peer counseling. During 2018 the agency tallied 800 appointments with clients.


Born in Washington, Gatewood moved away in her childhood and returned at age 16. During her first pregnancy—alone and scared—she went to CPC based on her aunt’s recommendation. Looking back on that time, Gatewood says, “Miss Susie and Miss Jackie took time with me and treated me like a real person. Then I knew I was no longer alone.”


Jackie VanEssendelft, CPC Volunteer Nurse Manager, recalls, “Joezetta was undaunted by her desperate situation. She was determined to overcome it, and she allowed us the privilege to assist her. Joezetta was intent on being a good mom and she accomplished her goal. Now she is now reaching out to those who can greatly benefit from her experience.”


The personal relationships fostered at CPC outweighed the clinical, impersonal treatment Gatewood received elsewhere. According to Susie Rollins, CPC Executive Director, Joezetta was a model client, who followed through with referrals and behaviors taught in the parenting classes.

"The other difference is that CPC doesn't exclude the fathers from their program, in fact, they welcome daddies!" marvels Gatewood, who now has two sons Amir and Kalil, born five years apart. She is quick to refer others who are facing an unplanned pregnancy saying, "CPC is my #1 go to."

Celebrating Families One Baby at a Time