What to Expect

You are not the first woman to experience an unplanned pregnancy and you won’t be the last. Many women have sat where you are sitting and have felt what you are feeling. For a lot of women, the thought of parenting can be overwhelming. You may be thinking, “I’m too young to be a mom” or wondering, “how will I be able to afford to raise a child?”

Parenting can be the most challenging yet one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life. Few women who parent their children regret their decision. Although you may initially feel like you are giving up your own dreams and goals, many people feel motivated by their new responsibility and seek to achieve even more in their lives than they would have otherwise.

If you choose to parent your child, you have a right to know what resources are in place to help you. Here are some helpful services that you need to know about:

Pregnancy Centres:

Local pregnancy resource centres have been serving pregnant women for over 40 years. They offer a wide variety of services, most of them for free. They are often the first point of contact for post abortive women to connect with counselling. Here is a basic list of services that your local resource centre may be able to help you with:

  • 24-hour hotline
  • Confidential, free pregnancy test
  • Peer counselling
  • Pregnancy options information and counselling
  • Post-abortion counselling
  • Labour support person
  • Childbirth classes
  • Fetal development information
  • Abortion procedures and risk information
  • Infant clothing Community referrals Ongoing support

By means of referrals, pregnancy resource centres may also be able to refer you to the following services in your area:

  • Medical care
Social services Professional counselling
  • Housing
  • Adoption/foster care
  • Legal services
  • Single parent support network
  • Daycare resources for student mothers

For a complete list of pregnancy resource centres in North America:

www.optionline.org,  1-877-88WOMAN

Paternity Testing:

You have a right to non-invasive paternity testing in Canada to determine the father of your child. Non-invasive pre-natal DNA 
paternity testing utilizes blood samples and saliva from the father and involves no risk to the pregnant woman or to the fetus.

www.canadiancrc.com/NON- INVASIVE_Prenatal_DNA_Paternity_ Testing.aspx