Making a Decision About Your Pregnancy
You just found out your pregnant and you’re scared. No one knows but you and the tiny stick in your hand.
Your first impulse is to call an abortion clinic to “take care of it.” But you know that quick decisions are rarely good ones.
Whenever you need to make a big decision, it’s always good to make a pro/con list and the short and long-term consequences of each decision. That may sound tedious, but it really works. There is even a tool out there called the Ottawa Decision Guide that is used to make decisions regarding health care and other social issues (including an unplanned pregnancy). With the Ottawa Decision Guide, you list all of your options—in the case of an unplanned pregnancy that would be Abortion, Adoption, and Parenting. Next you list all of the pros and cons for each option. The third step is to give a weight to each pro and con. In other words, you assign one to four starts based on how important that pro or con is to you.
As you make your lists, you will likely see one emerging as having the most pros that are important to you as well as the fewest cons.
Your First Look is a great place to go to get help when you are trying to make a decision regarding your pregnancy. The first thing we can do is determine whether you have a viable pregnancy. That home pregnancy test you took shows elevated hormones. An ultrasound is necessary to determine if the pregnancy is alive and growing in the uterus. Since about 31 percent of early pregnancies will end due to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (growing outside of the uterus), you will want this information as you are making your decision.
When you come to Your First Look you will be given a pregnancy test. If that is positive you will be offered an ultrasound.
At Your First Look you will also meet with a trained advocate who will go over your situation with you and answer your questions about your options. They know about the resources that are out there that can help you through your decision. For example, our patient advocates are available to help guide you through such questions as, “Can I get health care insurance for the pregnancy?” “How do I tell my parents?” “How much is an abortion?” “What type of abortions are there?” and “Can I finish school and have a baby?”
A nurse will also meet with you to do a Health Assessment. She can also answer your health-related questions.
As you leave Your First Look you will take with you a lot of information to help you in your decision-making process. Information on all three options is available plus we will give you a Personalized Solutions Assessment which is basically a list of resources we’ve identified that can help support and empower you.
One of the best things about going to Your First Look is that all of the information shared is confidential. You will find nonjudgmental support throughout your entire visit.
If you’re still unsure at the end of your visit, you will be invited to come back as many times as you need until you’ve settled on a decision that is best for you.