Where Can I Go If I Think I'm Pregnant?
You took a home test (and then 3 more) and those two pink lines couldn’t be clearer. As the shock starts to wear off, you may be wondering who you should talk to or where you should go.
The temptation to jump on Google is too strong and before you know it, you’ve searched for everything under the sun but still feel like you’ve come up empty – or worse, you’re now suffering from information overload.
If you are looking for accurate, unbiased facts about your pregnancy and all the options available to you, read on friend. We've researched and visited each "go-to" place for an unexpected pregnancy. Here is what we learned.
1) Your Local OB/GYN can provide pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and most reproductive health services. If you have good insurance and already have made a decision to continue your pregnancy, you can start with a care provider from the very beginning.
Pros – You may already have a relationship with your doctor or midwife and it can be a comfortable, familiar setting.
Cons - You can get medical information on abortion and pregnancy, but most do not provide options counseling on abortion, adoption, and parenting and all the different choices within those options. If you do not have insurance or good coverage, an ultrasound and other services can be expensive.
2) Family Planning Clinics and Planned Parenthood facilities are common and familiar; however, they are not known to provide comprehensive pregnancy options consultations.
Pros – Pregnancy testing is typically cheap, if not free.
Cons – They make most of their money from their abortion services and are very persuasive. Ultrasounds are required to determine abortion costs and how far along you are, but they are expensive and most clinics do not let you view the screen during the sonogram. Planned Parenthood, family planning clinics, and abortion clinics have very limited information on options other than abortion such as adoption information or parenting resources. Most places require that you make a decision before you leave or the cost of services increases.
3) Your Local Pregnancy Center offers free services such as pregnancy testing, pregnancy options consultations, obstetric ultrasounds, parenting programs, and more.
Pros – It doesn't cost you a dime. They provide pregnancy confirmation and walk through each pregnancy option and how each one impacts your future. You can take all the time you need and ask questions. Because all their services are free, there is no pressure to make a decision right away and no one financially benefits from your choice.
Many centers offer additional services depending on the area. Some of these can include prenatal care, STD testing and treatment, support for men and dads, birth and parenting classes, life skills classes, well woman exams, post-abortion or miscarriage counseling, relationship coaching, and material supplies such as maternity clothes, diapers, baby furniture, car seats and more.
Cons – We honestly can't think of a single one.
No matter what what decisions you are leaning towards, you owe it to yourself to explore all your options. We believe every woman deserves to be fully informed and to feel supported and empowered during this time.