I think I may be pregnant. What should I do and what decisions do I need to make?
The first and most important thing you need to do is to confirm your pregnancy. Many of our pregnancy support centres offer free pregnancy testing. If you can not find an agency in your area from our services page, you can purchase an at home pregnancy testing kit from your local pharmacy and from some supermarkets. You could also attend an appointment with your regular health care practitioner.
If you are pregnant, you have different options open to you. The most important thing at this time is that you take the time to explore each option thoroughly and don't feel rushed or pressured into making a quick decision. This decision could be one of the most important of your life, and you have the right to take whatever time you need to make the right one for you.
Your options include, continuing your pregnancy and raising your child, continuing your pregnancy and placing your child for adoption, or terminating your pregnancy.
Each of these options has its challenges and you will need to live with whatever decision you make for the rest of your life. Please see our fact sheets on the different options, or call any one of our pregnancy support centre and talk to someone who will take the time to listen to your situation.
If I decide to parent what kind of help can I get?
It depends on what type of help you need. Many of our agencies offer not only emotional support, but practical and material assistance to help you with maternity clothing, baby supplies and even with navigating your way through the health care system. Agencies will be able to help you find out what entitlements you are able to access and how you can be supported if you would like to continue your education or employment.
What about adoption?
There are hundreds of couples in Australia waiting for children to adopt, but very few children being placed for adoption. This is partly because adoption has a negative reputation due to the way things were done some decades ago. However, adoption is very different now with birth parents and adoptive parents able to negotiate levels of contact and sharing of information. You will find links and information about adoption on our website.
What if I want an abortion?
The important thing to remember about choosing any pregnancy option, is that the decision you make will impact the rest of your life, even abortion. It is important that you understand all of the possible physical and emotional consequences of an abortion and that you fully understand the procedure that you may be consenting to.
None of our services refer for an abortion. However, we do provide you with accurate and up to date information about procedures and side effects so that you can make a fully informed decision, the decision that is right for you.