Pregnancy / Abortion

I think I'm Pregnant.

If you think you might be pregnant, it's important to get a test as soon as possible. It can be a scary time and it is easy to try and ignore it. But don't worry, whatever the result, there are people that you can talk to.

The sooner you know whether you are pregnant or not, the sooner you will be able to make choices about your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, there are people who can help you make the right decisions for you.

How do I find out if I'm pregnant?

Pregnancy tests are available for free at various locations across the Island including your Doctors , some Chemists and here at the St Mary's sexual health service. Give us a call on 01983 534202.

I'm not sure about what to do?

Everyone has different reactions to finding out they're pregnant. Some are really pleased, some are shocked, and some are seriously worried.  Choosing whether or not to continue with a pregnancy is a really big decision and some people find it helpful to talk things through with someone they can trust.

If you are pregnant, the Pregnancy Advisory Service (PAS)  offers confidential counselling  - that means they tell absolutely no one else. If you didn't plan to have a baby they'll support and help you to make a decision that is right for you.  You will need to either see your Doctor or call the Sexual Health Service on 01983 534202 at St Mary's and they will put you in touch.

Any help you get from PAS is absolutely free and totally confidential - they will never tell anyone else.

What happens if I want to have the baby?

If you're pregnant and you decide to have the baby, there is a lot of information and support that you'll need to make sure you have a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth.

Your first step will be to talk to your GP or the sexual health service. They will refer you to a midwife and help you book all the relevant apointments (for scans etc).  They will also give you advice and information on how stay healthy while you are pregnant.

The new NHS interactive pregnancy care planner contains all you need to know to have a healthy and happy pregnancy, and to make sure you get the care that's right for you. To view this website go to: www.nhs.uk/planners/pregnancycareplanner

What happens if I choose to have an abortion?

Abortion means choosing to end a pregnancy so that you don't have a baby.

The type of abortion you have depends on how early on in your pregnancy you are having the abortion.

There are  several different treatments available and when you discuss your options with your Doctor or Councillor they will fully explain each stage and each procedure with you. Don't be afraid to ask any questions. They will know that you are possibly confused by all the medical language  and probably nervous. Don't forget, we are always on the end of the phone and if your credit is low, don't worry because we can call you straight back.  01983 534202.

 What happens if I choose adoption?

If you have your baby adopted, it means that someone else becomes the baby's parents and you give the baby away.

Adoptions are arranged by adoption agencies but it is then made legally binding (official) by the court. Once this happens the adoption is final and cannot be undone. It ends the legal relationship between you and your baby and the new one begins with the adoptive  parents.

An Adoption Order means that you are no longer the mother or father of the baby. A new family will  become the baby's parents. You and your partner as the birth parents no longer have any legal rights over the child and you cannot have them back. Your child becomes a full member of someone else's family. Your child will take someone else's surname and have the same rights and privileges as if they had been born to them.

If you feel this could be a great option for you, then talk to your Doctor or give us a ring for advice on where to begin. 01983 534202.

 

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