What do you say when a friend tells you she might be pregnant?
Recently I was talking with a woman I’ll call Leslie. Leslie was a client at First Care Clinic a couple years ago.
Leslie told me that she wished more people knew about First Care Clinic. Then she told me why. Leslie has a friend who had been pregnant and ended her pregnancy. Leslie didn’t know how to help support her friend as she was making her pregnancy decision.
Especially for situations like Leslie’s, we like to share these 5 Ways to Help a Friend Who Might Be Pregnant.
Here’s how you can help:
- Listen without judging. Many women who are facing an unintended pregnancy expect that some around them may look down on them for how they got into this situation. A listening ear is invaluable and can be rare.
- Don’t pressure her. Women facing unintended pregnancies often feel pressure from their boyfriend, parents or friends. Support her and let her know you care without adding pressure.
- Let her know there’s a place she can go for help in First Care Clinic.
- Be there for her. Invite her to join you for coffee or to call you whenever she needs to talk to continue the conversation.
- Keep the news to yourself. Don’t share the news with others. Keep her confidence unless there is a dangerous situation which should be reported.
Here’s how we can help:
- Medical services
- Pregnancy testing
- Obstetrical ultrasound
- STI testing and treatment for women
- Education and support
- Evidence-based medical education about pregnancy options
- Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting education
- Support for men from men
- Healthy relationships education
- A listening ear and ongoing support
- Residential maternity program, The Elizabeth House
We offer all of our services confidentially and free of charge.
Don’t keep First Care Clinic a secret! If you know a young woman or man who might be making a pregnancy decision, listen, be there and spread the word that there is help available!