June 21st, 2006
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Categories: Support

In an unplanned pregnancy, you need lots of support and sometimes that can be hard because everyone has their own opinion of what you should do. Making a decision about your baby’s future is ultimately your decision and you need people not directly involved in your life to help you work through your options. To get emotional support from objective people, you may want to consider using the services of a local crisis pregnancy center.

If you suspect you are pregnant and are not 100 percent sure yet, crisis pregnancy centers can also help you with free pregnancy testing, pregnancy confirmation, and in some cases, early ultrasounds to indicate how far along you are.

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers are places staffed with caring individuals who want to pregnant women in an unplanned pregnancy get through this difficult time in their lives. They can provide you with non judgmental support and advice. A lot of times, pregnancy crisis center volunteers are women who have been in unplanned pregnancies themselves so they can personally relate to what you are going through. Going to a crisis pregnancy center is free and they have many services that can probably help you, whether you choose to parent or your place your baby for adoption. Most crisis pregnancy centers are religiously affiliated and are opposed to abortion so they focus on parenting and adoption. Crisis pregnancy centers are abundant so there is most likely one close to you.

A few of the services some (but not all) Crisis Pregnancy Centers provide are:

  • Pregnancy test and pregnancy information
  • Early Ultrasounds
  • Confidential and free counseling regarding your options
  • Maternity clothes
  • Baby items
  • Adoption agency or attorney referrals
  • Support groups
  • Childbirth preparation
  • Assistance in finding medical care
  • Locate housing
  • Information on WIC, state assistance, and other services for women facing unplanned pregnancies
  • Education assistance and referrals

If you are interested in finding a Crisis Pregnancy Center in your area, check out these two websites.

6 Responses to “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

  1. Jan Baker says:

    Hi Coley! Welcome to the blogging experience at adoption.

    I agree that a crisis pregnancy center could be very helpful to a woman IF she is certain that abortion is not an option to consider. For moral or religious reasons, there is sometimes the case.

    You mentioned that most crisis pregnancy centers are religiously based and opposed to abortion; I am glad that you mentioned that. Not everyone knows that, and they need to. However, I fail to see how a center that actively opposes abortion can be considered “non-judgmental.”

    If all CPCs just came out and said they are against abortion and didn’t talk about it, that would be one thing. However, IMHO most give highly judgmental and inaccurate info about abortion. That is not just my opinion either. There are pending lawsuits on this very issue.

  2. Coley S. says:

    You made a very good point, Jan, thanks!

  3. Heather Lowe says:

    Pending legislation, too. A representative in NY state has proposed a law to force crisis pregnancy centers to be honest and upfront about what they’re trying to do.

    It’s called the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Services Act.

    http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1082&Itemid=61

  4. Coley S. says:

    Thanks for that link, Heather. I will check it out!

  5. I went to a CPC when I was surprisingly pregnant with Michaela. The counseling I received there helped me so much with emotional support. I did not receive any other services from them, but my counselor was so great to me. Michaela was “their” first baby.

  6. I went to a CPC when I was surprisingly pregnant with Michaela. The counseling I received there helped me so much with emotional support. I did not receive any other services from them, but my counselor was so great to me. Michaela was “their” first baby.

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