Pregnancy Options

and Decisions

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we understand this is not an easy time for you. You may be asking yourself these questions and feel overwhelmed or confused. 
What will your partner say? What about your parents?
How do you feel about abortion?
Where would a baby fit into your life?
What about your career and education?
You have some difficult decisions to make. You owe it to yourself to explore all your options before making your choice.

We encourage you to take the time to be fully informed so you can make a decision that you can live with.

Talking to someone who is not emotionally involved can help to give you perspective and clarify your thinking. Our caring and experienced staff can help you explore each of your options and provide support during the entire process.

You can find out more about parenting, fostering, adoption, abortion, and the kinds of help available to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions that we received. If you want to talk to someone who can help, please call us and we will be more than happy to answer your inquiries.

Can I Raise My Baby?

Your mind is likely spinning with questions like:

  • How can I raise a baby?
  • How can I get by financially?
  • What about school/study or work?
  • Where will I live?
  • Are there services in Christchurch to help me?
  • What medical appointments need to be scheduled?
  • What about the child’s father, my parents, my friends?
  • I don’t feel able parent. What other options are available to me?
  • I’m not a citizen or resident of New Zealand; how can I have this baby?

Contact us if you would like more information about your options or would like to chat about your situation.

What about Fostering?

Fostering involves someone else looking after your baby for a set period so you can work out what you want in life. During this time you can consider whether to keep your baby or plan for adoption.

We are here to help you. Contact us if you would like more about your options or chat about your situation.

What About Adoption?

The decision to place a child for adoption can be made anytime during the pregnancy - or even after the baby is born.

You may have many questions about adoption if you are not in a position to parent right now:

  • Can the birth parents select the family that they think would be best for their baby?
  • What is the difference between “open” and “closed” adoption?
  • Can birth parents have contact with their child after the adoption?
  • What if the birth parents change their minds after making an adoption plan?
  • We want you to have a supportive, caring environment and get the information you need. This will help you and your partner carefully consider whether to prepare an adoption plan for your child’s future.

We want you to have a supportive, caring environment to get the information you need as you and your partner consider whether to prepare an adoption plan for your child’s future.

We can set up a private appointment to help you with this further. We are committed to supporting both parents and to ensure everyone’s options and rights are understood.

We offer support throughout the entire adoption process and after the baby is placed for adoption.

Contact us to discuss your situation with our friendly team and get more information about adoption.

Planning an adoption can be emotionally challenging, but it can also be a positive and rewarding experience.

What About a Termination?

Deciding whether to have an abortion or continue with the pregnancy can be difficult and emotionally challenging.

The option of termination is one to consider carefully, without rushing, as it is something that cannot be undone.

It is important to be fully informed about the possible physical, emotional, and mental impact of termination as all methods (surgical and medical) carry some risk. Factors to consider include the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion is carried out, the procedure used and the pre-existing health and emotional state of the woman.

We are here to help you get full and accurate information about your options before you make your decision.

Please note that this is not an abortion clinic. Contact our caring staff if you would like an appointment to discuss your options or would like to chat about your situation.

It is never OK for someone else to coerce you into making a decision. If you feel threatened or someone is pressuring you, you can contact us or visit the Women’s Refuge page for additional support.

To find out how abortion can affect your health, CLICK HERE and here: http://www.postabortionpaths.org.nz/Docs/EffectsOfAbortion.pdf

When something is wrong with your unborn baby

If you have received the devastating news that something is wrong with your unborn baby, you will have to make hard decisions about medical intervention and the fate of your child.

You may be advised to terminate the pregnancy or to opt for early delivery. You may feel overwhelmed, pressured and unsure what to do. We want you to know that you are not alone.

We are here to listen and support you. If your baby is not likely to live for long, or is not developing normally, take time to be fully informed, explore your options and seek a way forward.

Please call our caring team at 0508HERE4U or (03)3513227 for a confidential appointment.

Many families find hope even as they let go of their dreams for their child.

“Some details of your dreams may need to be changed, but this diagnosis does not have to be the end of the possibilities of a beautiful and rewarding life journey!”

Jeannie and Bruce Hannemann, “Our Unborn Baby has a Problem”

What is Prenatal Testing?

Prenatal testing is designed to detect genetic disorders. This can be helpful in cases where physical problems can be medically resolved before birth, improving your baby’s chances of survival. 

However, some tests (such as amniocentesis) carry risks of damage to mother and baby. Other screening tests may indicate problems where there are none, or reveal problems for which there is no medical solution, leading to untold worry.

Before agreeing to any procedure, we encourage you to investigate the prenatal tests which have been recommended, their accuracy, purpose and side effects.

Prenatal Partners For Life

Prenatal Partners For Life is a group of concerned parents, medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents with a special needs child.

For real-life stories of families dealing with Down Syndrome, anencephaly, spina bifida, heart defects, various trisomies and more, please click the link to learn more.
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