Transforming Hearts Through Healthcare
Women deserve access to life-affirming medicine — doctors who provide compassionate care, recognize the dignity of the human person, and attend to the needs of the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Divine Mercy Care (DMC) is committed to helping all women access pro-life medical care. We partner with pro-life doctors to build the culture of life. We provide charity support to Tepeyac OB/GYN to ensure that all patients receive life-affirming care, regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to helping educate the next generation of medical providers on our vision for life-affirming medicine.
Divine Mercy Care provided funds to assist 471 charity care patients in 2022.
In 2022, Tepeyac OB/GYN delivered 122 babies to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion.
68 families received infant gift baskets to help prepare for the arrival of their newest family members.
Dr. Bruchalski’s Memoir: Two Patients
I am proud to announce the release of my book, Two Patients: My Conversion from Abortion to Life-Affirming Medicine (Ignatius Press).
Some of you know that I regrettably performed abortions in the late ’80s during the first two years of my residency. I wanted to serve women and be the very best doctor I could be, and I thought that meant giving women what they wanted–even if it was an abortion. But one day, my conscience pricked me.
I was trying to save a baby in one room and abort a baby of the same gestational age in the next room at a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia when things didn’t go as planned. I called the NICU to resuscitate the baby we intended to abort who was born alive and weighed just over a pound. The neonatologist sternly told me to stop treating her patients like tumors and reminded me I have two patients to care for.
Her words struck me to my core. I wondered if I had been practicing a double standard in medicine.
After an incredible spiritual experience and returning to my Catholic faith, I decided to leave abortions, birth control, and IVF behind for good. I knew I was called to practice-life affirming medicine and start Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care. I grew dedicated to practicing an approach to reproductive medicine that respects female fertility, honors the dignity of unborn children, and offers care to patients regardless of their financial situation.
I wrote my story down so that others might know the same joy that I’ve found in Christ and in practicing life-affirming medicine. I want others to know that they are not beyond the Lord’s mercy and there is healing after abortion and regret. I want medical students to know that they can do what I did and walk away from the medical status quo.
I pray that my story blesses you in a small way. You can order your copy from Ignatius Press here.
2022 Annual Report
The year 2022 at Divine Mercy Care began early and ended late for me… so typical for an OB/GYN. It was a year that took me away from seeing patients at Tepeyac and took me out of my comfort zone, with an autoimmune condition that disturbed my balance, strength and focus, and a heart block that required a pacemaker. It was also a year of new beginnings. I made the transition from the exam room to my new role as President of Divine Mercy Care, providentially, just as Roe v Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Dobbs decision is a pivotal moment for the pro-life movement and for medicine. The medical establishment has operated with abortion on demand for 50 years. Now is our time at Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac OB/ GYN to show the world that there is another way. We are in demand as an OB/GYN practice and as a leader in excellent women’s health. Our model bridges the left and right — the social justice of caring for the poor alongside the insured while also being pro-life in all aspects of reproductive health without abortion and sterilization.
Tepeyac was my third OB/GYN office,” notes Elise, as she describes her journey to discovering life-affirming medicine. “The first GYN I visited asked me what birth control method I was going to use. When I mentioned I would use NFP, she asked, ‘What’s that?’ When I...
Tepeyac was my third OB/GYN office,” notes Elise, as she describes her journey to discovering life-affirming medicine. “The first GYN I visited asked me what birth control method I was going to use. When I mentioned I would use NFP, she asked, ‘What’s that?’ When I explained it, she laughed and said it wouldn’t work. The second GYN I met with echoed the same general sentiment of doubt in NFP’s effectiveness.” The search for an OB/GYN who understood the effectiveness of NFP brought Elise out of Washington D.C. District to Northern Virginia. “I googled pro-life or NFP OB/GYN and that’s how I learned about Tepeyac.”