What is a “Pregnancy Help Center” and how do I contact one?

Many of the answers on this site encourage our readers to contact a local Pregnancy Help Center.  (Sometimes they’re called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers.”)  What are these, and how do you contact one?

Pregnancy Help Centers are dedicated to helping women and families in need.  They are usually located in an office space, and are similar in set-up to a medical clinic.  Typically you’ll see a reception area, a number of small consultation rooms, a storage area or room, and a restroom.

People go to Pregnancy Help Centers for a variety of reasons.  Most often they initially go to be tested for pregnancy, and to privately talk to a staff member about the test results.  Both the test and counseling are free of charge.  All services are offered with respect for your confidentiality.

Did you know that there are over 5,000 Pregnancy Help Centers worldwide?  Almost 4,000 of that total are located in the United States.

Most Pregnancy Help Centers offer many additional services besides pregnancy testing and counseling. They can help with referrals for housing, medical care, social services, and legal aid.  They may also offer pregnancy education, childbirth classes, parenting classes, ultrasound examinations, relationship classes, life skills classes, abstinence education and programs, peer counseling, education and counseling about adoption and abortion options, and post-abortion counseling.

Pregnancy Help Centers offer excellent referrals to a wide variety of community resources for pregnant women and single mothers.  They can help supply maternity clothing, infant clothing and diapers, baby supplies, formula, and baby furniture.

Not every Pregnancy Help Center will offer all of the services listed above.  Some may offer fewer services, while others are equipped to offer even more than are mentioned here.  They can network to find the services you need and direct you how to contact another center if they cannot meet your needs.  Remember, pregnancy options counseling is available at no cost to clients.  In most cases, all services are free of charge.  In other instances, some benefits may become available to clients at no cost once they participate in a program or class.

There are several ways to locate Pregnancy Help Centers.  One way is to go to http://www.optionline.org/get-help.  Options Line can connect you with a Pregnancy Help Center in your area.  Another way is to do a search on your smart phone or computer under Abortion Alternatives specific to your city.  Another on-line source is Heartbeat International’s Worldwide Directory of Pregnancy Help Centers.  Log onto:www.heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide_directory.asp

When you find a Pregnancy Help Center location that meets your needs, it would be a good idea to call them to confirm their hours of operation, get directions, and make an appointment.  Most centers gladly welcome walk-ins, but if an appointment is made, you won’t risk arriving at a busy time and having to wait.

The advantage to going to a Pregnancy Help Center is that you will receive face-to-face, personalized help.  This website offers an abundance of information to empower you to make a well-informed decision.  This decision will affect your future and your ability to reach your full potential. It’s important to get all the facts and this website is a very good place to start.  But it’s also beneficial to discuss your own unique set of circumstances and needs with someone who is trained to help you, someone who wants to help you, and someone who knows what kind of help is available in your own neighborhood.  You will be treated with the respect you deserve and they won’t judge you. Pregnancy Help Centers offer a system of support that equips young mothers with what they need to face the challenges of pregnancy, parenting, and building healthy families.  It doesn’t take long, the people are compassionate, it’s confidential, and it’s free.  Doesn’t that sound like a good place to go?