Here are a few early symptoms of pregnancy that many women experience:
• Missed period
• Sick to your stomach
• Breasts tender and sore
• Feeling extra tired
• Feeling dizzy
• Weight change
• Metallic taste in your mouth
We offer a free and confidential urine-based pregnancy test. If you would like to make an appointment for a pregnancy test or to speak to someone, contact us now to book your appointment at a time that will best suit you.
We are not an abortion clinic. We offer support and information to anyone who may be facing an unexpected pregnancy.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we understand this is not an easy time for you. 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 to parent what other options are available to me?
We can assist you with community resource referrals and information (housing, adoption, medical, legal, educational, health, WINZ, etc.) and information that can help you in your decision.
Not sure what to do?
You may feel overwhelmed when thinking about an unplanned pregnancy. You have some difficult choices to make. We know it can feel so confusing. And it’s not just your concerns that add to the stress.
What will your partner say?
What about your parents?
How do you feel about abortion?
Where would a baby fit in to your life?
What about your career and education?
We offer support and information to help you make your decision.
Our support workers are trained to help you explore each of your options. You can find out about parenting, adoption and abortion. You owe it to yourself to get all the information before making your choice. Take the time to be informed so you can make a decision you can live with.
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 birth parents change their mind after making an adoption plan?
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 so you can find the information you need. We are committed to supporting both parents to ensure everyone’s options and rights are understood.
Planning an adoption for a child can be emotionally difficult. We offer support throughout the entire adoption process and after the baby is placed for adoption. The decision to place a child for adoption can be made anytime during the pregnancy or even after the baby is born.
– Post Abortion Participant
The Pregnancy Crisis Centre is a compassionate place to work though the difficult emotions that are often felt after an abortion loss. Sometimes it is years after the abortion that someone will begin to look for help.
You are not alone! Grieving the loss and being able to move forward is possible.
Free and Confidential Support after an Abortion
It is never too late to address these deep wounds. We offer support on an individual basis. Your privacy is very important to us. The Post Abortion Support program is strictly confidential.
Q. What should I expect when I come for an appointment at the Pregnancy Crisis Centre?
At the Pregnancy Crisis Centre we understand that you may feel overwhelmed and stressed about the possibility of being pregnant and the decisions you need to make. You can expect caring, supportive, and non-judgemental help from one of our trained support workers who will be sensitive to your situation. She will privately listen to your concerns and help you with your next steps.
Q. Will you share my personal information with others?
All information you share with us is kept confidential (except when required by law to report situations of abuse, suicide or homicide). You will be asked to fill out a registration form that is used only for statistical purposes in our office. We respect your privacy.
Q. When will I find out the results of the pregnancy test?
We offer a lab quality urine-based pregnancy test that is more than 99% accurate. You will know the result immediately. If the test is positive we will encourage you to confirm your pregnancy with your doctor through a blood test or ultrasound. We can assist you with a medical referral if you do not have a family doctor.
Q. Is there any charge?
All of our services are free. We are not a medical clinic and do not require any health card.
Q. Can I bring another person with me to the appointment?
You are welcome to have a friend, parent, partner or spouse join you for your appointment. We know that people closest to you and their opinions are important to you as you consider your options. We want you to feel comfortable and know about all the support available to you.
If you feel that you are being pressured by others to make a decision that you are not comfortable with and they will be accompanying you to the appointment, please let us know when you make the appointment that you prefer to meet alone with a PCC support worker. We will be sure to follow through with your wish to meet with you individually.
Q. Why should I come to the Pregnancy Crisis Centre for an appointment?
The Pregnancy Crisis Centre can help a woman who is looking for:
• a safe and confidential place to talk about her circumstances
• a non-judgmental and relaxed environment where her concerns will be listened to
• information about pregnancy options and the support available to her
• answers to her questions about adoption, parenting and abortion
• help to build her support team throughout her pregnancy
• emotional support because her partner is no longer involved in her life or is pressuring her to terminate a pregnancy against her wishes
• help to develop a plan for how she can complete her education or keep her job
• support options to help her raise her other children now that she is pregnant
• resource contacts for the support available to her as a newcomer in Christchurch
• medical referral due to concerns about her health or the health of her unborn child
• an opportunity to talk to someone who has experienced an abortion
• support before she tells her parents about her pregnancy
• help because she feels guilt and sadness after her abortion
Q. How do I make an appointment?