One of the scariest moments in your life may be the realization that you could be facing an unexpected pregnancy. This can be one of the most isolating and overwhelming times in the life of a young woman, but it doesn’t have to be. We know there are so many questions that come to mind when you’re dealing with this special circumstance, and you often don’t know where you should turn or what your first step should be. The good news is: at Care Net of Puget Sound, we can help you, and we want to help you… this is our entire mission and purpose. We offer completely free and totally confidential advice and services that will leave you feeling cared for and supported in an otherwise unpredictable and frightening time. You can count on us. So, take a deep breath, and let us guide you through a very high-level overview of the process and your options.
Am I Pregnant?
This may seem like a silly question after you’ve seen that test clutched in your hands, but we are here to confirm either way. Sometimes, if you’ve gotten a negative and you just know you are pregnant, it could be too soon for an over-the-counter test to detect the elevated levels for that positive reading. Our medical professionals can give you a laboratory-quality urine test that will give you the reassurance you’re looking for. And best of all, it’s free, so please don’t let the concern over payment hold you back from reaching out to us.
How Far Along Am I?
You’ll want to learn how far along your pregnancy is, and we can help to establish that with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. Information that will help you and your client advocate determine what this is includes any important dates you can recall: the date of your last period, when you last had sex, and then, a physical examination.
Could I Have Complications?
There are potential complications with every pregnancy, but that’s no reason to panic. We can help to get you started with proper care right away, as we offer limited obstetrical ultrasounds to establish your due date and help to determine viability of your pregnancy.
Do I Have Options?
You always have options, and we’re here to talk through each and every one of them in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.
Parenting, Adoption or Abortion
We know that this choice can be confusing, frightening, and heartbreaking, and it’s not always as easy as choosing a “right or wrong” answer. We know that there is so much to consider. It’s important to partner with those that are there to help you, inform you, and listen to you, so you can make the best decision for your circumstance.
If you decide to continue with your pregnancy, we have incredible Parenting Support Programs to guide you through the process and give you the support and education you need, as a single mother or with a partner.
Another option that is available to you when you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy is going through adoption. You carry the baby to term, and during your pregnancy, we refer you to agencies that can walk you through the process of finding a family. We have client advocates available to explain every part of this process to you, if this is a route you are interested in exploring.
The final option you have is to have an abortion. We’re here to answer any questions and to make sure you know all the important information if you decide to go this route, as well.
What is the Next Step?
It’s time to start making some decisions on how you want to move forward. This is not an easy choice, and it’s important to learn all you can about the different options available to you. Care Net has many services and programs available to you, so you can feel confident that you are making the best decision for you and your life.
We will soon be launching our mobile units, as an added convenience and availability. If you can’t make it to one of our clinics, you can find a mobile unit that is located near you and go there. Either way, call or contact us to schedule an appointment. We assure you, your confidentiality is the most important thing to us, and we’re not here to make you feel an ounce of shame or regret during this process.