You’ve been a little nauseated and tired lately. After a few more signs, you suspect that you may be pregnant. Once you take the test, it confirms your suspicions and worst fears: you are indeed going to have a baby.
If you’re unprepared for this news and don’t know what to do, a pregnancy crisis center may be the answer. You’ll find centers all around the country in mid-sized and large cities. Before you select one of these places to schedule an appointment, you want to make sure you choose one that cares about you and will provide support in the coming months.
No Judgment Zone
Regardless of the reason for your pregnancy, the staff at the pregnancy crisis center should not be judgmental in their attitudes, actions, or words with you. They should be supportive, using kindness and compassion to make you feel comfortable and welcome in their facility.
Many of these centers are religious-based, but that doesn’t mean they should use this opportunity to show you the “error of your ways.” Instead, the staff should focus on helping you make the right decisions going forward about your baby and your future.
Offer a Wide Range of Services
When comparing these crisis centers, you should look at what services are offered. Some of them provide basic medical care to ensure you and the baby are healthy. They will often provide education on how to care for yourself during the pregnancy as well as what to expect during childbirth.
You will find centers that also educate women on how to become mothers. They will teach child care and other relevant topics so you are better prepared to welcome your little one. These centers will often provide information about adoption if you don’t feel able or ready to care for a baby.
You can find a center that will help you get a job, place to live, and other essentials so that you can raise a child in a stable home. They help women enroll in Medicaid and other programs that will provide for their needs. Mothers and even fathers may receive diapers, formula, and other essentials when the time comes.
You’ll want to find a pregnancy crisis center that offers the help you need based on the decision you will be making. Even if you’ve already had an abortion, you can find the resources you need to heal at one of these centers. Look for one that welcomes you with open arms, no judgment, and help and hope for your future.