Unsure? Getting advice and counselling
Pregnancy may be something that may be unexpected, what you have been hoping for or planned for – regardless, you are bound to have lots of questions.
If you think you’re pregnant, you’re probably experiencing a range of emotions and that is normal.
You may feel pressure to make a decision, but it is important that you take the time to consider what’s best for your physical and mental health and feel certain that you’re making the right decision for yourself. It’s important to seek support when you need it and remember that the decision is yours.
Check out Children by Choice: Making a decision for questions you can ask yourself make your own decision.
AMAZE: So, you think you’re pregnant
All options counselling
All-options pregnancy counselling allows you to explore your feelings, thoughts, behaviours in regards to pregnancy options in an unbiased and non-judgmental way with the aim to support you through what can be a sensitive and difficult time. Some pregnancy options counsellors may advise against abortion because of their own beliefs, so it’s a good idea to ask questions over the phone before making an appointment.
Check out The Royal Women’s Hospital (VIC): Unplanned pregnancy options counselling fact sheet for a guideline on seeking all options counselling.
If you are looking for a service that provides advice and counselling about your pregnancy options in the ACT and surrounding areas see the services below:
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
Sexual and reproductive health care, including free unplanned pregnancy counselling service.
The Junction Youth Health Service
Free primary health care and support services to young people aged 12 to 25. Services include contraception, sexual health, antenatal check ups, referral and advocacy for housing, parenting support and education.
Winnunga Mimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
Culturally safe, holistic health care for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT and surrounding areas.
Marie Stopes Canberra
Free decision-based abortion counselling service on phone.
Gynaecology Centres Australia (Queanbeyan)
Free pregnancy counselling service
Other useful links
A website for young people – in plain speak – about unplanned pregnancy.
Children by Choice: Making a decision
Take a women-centred approach to look at pregnancy options.
Family planning NSW: Pregnant? Working through your options
A booklet for people who have an unintended pregnancy and are unsure what to do.
The Royal Women’s Hospital (VIC): Unplanned pregnancy options counselling
A fact sheet about talking to a trained health professional in a safe and confidential environment about your pregnancy options.