If your pregnancy test shows a positive result, you may feel many different emotions: shocked, scared, confused and lonely. This can be very isolating and can leave you feeling very alone and vulnerable. Many women find it hard to discuss an unplanned pregnancy with family, friends or their partner until they know how they feel themselves about the pregnancy.
Professionals are there to provide information and support on all the options available to you.
Donegal Women’s Centre has a crisis pregnancy counsellor funded by the Irish Family Planning Association. By coming to the centre for pregnancy counselling, you will have the chance to discuss all your options in a non-directive counselling session with the counsellor. The crisis pregnancy counsellor will not judge you.
Non-directive counselling means that the counsellor will not offer any opinion or advice as to what may be best for you, she is there to listen and provide a safe and completely confidential space for you to explore your own feelings and worries around your pregnancy, and the options you feel are open to you.
My Options is a HSE freephone line that provides free and confidential information and counselling to people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Unplanned pregnancy counselling can support you to cope with your unplanned pregnancy. It can help to talk to someone who can help support you to find the answers to your questions.
Different people may offer you different advice on certain points. If you are unsure about anything, contact your doctor, family planning clinic or call Donegal Women’s Centre.