What is Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling?

young woman talking with pregnancy counselor

We all need someone to talk to, especially when the future seems uncertain. And this is certainly the case when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Many women in this situation seek the advice, guidance and compassionate ear of a pregnancy counselor.

A pregnancy counselor is specially trained to listen to the concerns and hopes of a woman who’s considering her pregnancy options. She then works with her client to explore the options available, often identifying new possibilities to consider.

What Can I Talk About with a Pregnancy Counselor?

How you spend your time with your pregnancy counselor and what you’ll discuss is completely up to you. They are listeners first, and advisors second. You can share any and all concerns you have about the possibility of being a mother. You can explain your family situation and your view on the baby’s father’s role in your pregnancy. You can share your deepest feelings and dreams for the future with confidence that everything you say will remain between you and your counselor.

As important as the topics above, you can also talk about the pros and cons of the pregnancy options available to you. Pregnancy counselors are well-educated on all aspects of adoption and abortion and the realities of keeping and raising a baby. They will answer any and all questions you have.

How Can a Pregnancy Counselor Help?

A pregnancy counselor’s role adjusts to meet your needs. Perhaps you need someone to help you talk constructively about your pregnancy with loved ones. A pregnancy counselor can offer advice or even bring everyone together in a safe space for an open conversation. If you want to pursue adoption, your counselor can help connect you with the right agencies and guide you through the process. If you decide to keep your baby, a pregnancy counselor has connections throughout the community to help you find the resources you need to make that happen, from healthcare to housing to education assistance.

A pregnancy counselor is there to be your advocate, to assist you and your baby in finding help for today and hope for tomorrow.

How Much Does Pregnancy Counseling Cost?

In Gainesville, pregnancy counseling is free to every woman, regardless of insurance, through Sira on NW 13th Street.

Sira is a community-supported non-profit. We offer our services at no cost to clients thanks to generous donations from local organizations, businesses and individuals.

If you’re pregnant and could use a compassionate person to talk to, contact Sira today at 352-377-4947 to schedule your no-charge pregnancy counseling session. We look forward to speaking with you.

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