All of our clients first meet with a counselor to assess needs and take a pregnancy test. Then an ultrasound exam is scheduled. The support counseling gives us an understanding of our client’s state of mind concerning their pregnancy, and thus enlightens us of their individual needs, concerns, excitements, and questions if any.
We have many resources available to you to help make the best of the situation you’re in. We give you the information you need to make the right choice for you.
- Parenting: The thought of parenting before you expected to may be overwhelming; those feelings are normal. Many people may not feel ready right away, but the good news is you have nine months to prepare. We offer emotional support to you as you get ready for unexpected parenthood, helping you plan for the future. If finances are a concern, there are programs we can refer you to for assistance with medical care, food, and other basic living expenses.
- Adoption: Did you know that you can plan for adoption throughout your pregnancy without needing to make a final decision until after the baby’s birth? Adoption lets you pursue your goals while giving your baby a great start in life. If you are interested in potentially making an adoption plan, we can discuss the option with you and refer you to agencies who will give you information without pressure.
- Abortion: We do not provide or refer for abortion, but we can discuss things to consider before making this decision. Some of the risks include: excessive bleeding, perforation (puncture) of the uterus or fallopian tubes, infection from an incomplete abortion (parts of the fetus are left in the uterus) which can go on to impact fertility, and emotional effects such as regret and sadness. Other risks are psychological trauma, depressive and anxiety disorders, and suicidal behaviors.
Whatever your situation, you are always welcome to return for continued support from our support counselor.