We care about you – what you are going through, what you are feeling. Whether you feel hopeful or hopeless, full of joy or full of fear, the trained staff at First Step is committed to walking with you if you are pregnant, had a pregnancy scare, a miscarriage or a past abortion. We will walk with you, beginning right where you are at, until you feel strong enough to walk on your own. And we will be there for you if you ever want to return just to talk or hang out. All our conversations, as well as your identity and medical records will be kept in strict confidence for your protection (the only exception is our legal requirement to report to authorities if you pose a danger to yourself or others).
When going through a challenging time, or when you just have questions, it is important to talk to someone you can trust. Trust is earned and we are committed to earning and maintaining your trust. All of our Client Advocates are trained in counseling/listening skills and have the demeanor that is mature, non-judgmental, and caring. While they are not licensed or “professional’ counselors, they do possess the skills and character that will help you process your emotions, make decisions that are right for you, and help you move forward with confidence and hope.
What are your options?
When facing a pregnancy decision, you have 3 options – abortion, adoption, or parenting. All 3 have life-altering ramifications. Take your time and make sure you understand the pros and cons of each decision.
Abortion – While we do not perform or refer for abortion, we will certainly discuss this option with you. Helping you understand the procedures, risks, costs, and consequences of abortion are important for you to know. You also need to be aware of your rights before you have a medical procedure performed on you.
Adoption – Many women (and men) dismiss the idea of adoption, because they couldn’t bear the thought of “giving their baby away”, that it somehow made them a bad parent/person. But adoption is a very loving and good thing to do, as you are giving your child the opportunity to be raised in a way that you could not provide at this time. It is a selfless and sacrificial thing to do and a true expression of a mother’s love. If you want to know more, we will walk with you through the process and connect you with the experts that can help.
Parenting – Giving birth to a new life is just the beginning of this journey called motherhood. There will be joy and laughter, challenges and self-doubt, there will be sleepless nights and wonderful memories. Deciding to parent requires courage, stamina, and a reliable support system. We will assist you in exploring and developing your support system. Will the boyfriend be a part of this child’s life? Are your parents supportive and nearby? Are your friends capable and trustworthy? We will serve as part of your team, and will also direct you to the education and other resources you need.
What do we get out of it?
Nothing. First Step does not receive any financial benefit from your decision. We do not charge you for any of our services, so we can be totally neutral, and will not pressure you into any specific decision. The results or outcome of your decision does not financially impact our center in any way. Be assured that we are here to help YOU.
What to Expect
When you come to First Step (whether as a walk-in or by appointment), you will fill out an “intake form” with your contact and medical information, as well as the reason for your visit. You will then meet with your Client Advocate, and take a pregnancy test. Depending on the results of your test, you will discuss your options with your client advocate and plan a course of action. Come with your questions and get the info you need. Appointments usually last between 45-60 minutes.
Knowing is better than not knowing. Knowing for sure, will help calm your fears and help you focus on what you need to do next. It may be talk to your boyfriend or parents, get signed up for medicaid, or call your physician for an appointment. We will help you navigate through the decision making process, so you don’t feel overwhelmed or stuck. Call today to make an appointment.