Advice and support if you are pregnant and are not sure you want to be.
I think I might be pregnant – what should I do?
Are you worried about being pregnant, missed a period, or had unprotected sex?
Come and see us for a FREE pregnancy test. You can book an appointment or drop in to the centre on a Monday or Thursday (from 9am to 5pm) to take a free pregnancy test. If neither of these days work for you, please call the number below and we will arrange a time to suit you.
We can carry out a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. Tests that are done earlier than this may not be accurate. If you don’t have regular periods, the earliest time to do a test is three weeks (21 days) from the last time that you had unprotected sex.
I’ve had a positive pregnancy test – what are my choices?
You can choose to:
- continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby
- end the pregnancy by having an abortion
- continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted.
We can help you understand what each option involves to make an informed decision.
What you do with these options is entirely your decision. We are here to listen and support you in whatever decision you come to.
We provide free, unbiased, factual advice.
What should I do if I decide to continue with the pregnancy?
You will need to make an appointment to see a doctor so that you can get the antenatal care you need.
You might want to be part of the Young Expectant Parent program (YEP); an 8 week course (two hours a week) that introduces you to pregnancy and parenting and allows you to meet other young parents to-be. It is accredited with the open college network and run in partnership with Stamford Children’s Centre and Lincolnshire County Council.
This is a free service, just call the centre to talk to someone about joining a YEP course.
For further information on pregnancy go to http://www.nhs.uk
What should I do if I want an abortion?
One in five pregnancies a woman will choose to have an abortion. It can be a difficult choice to make and it can be a very emotional time. Talking to people you trust and making sure you have accurate information and support can help.
Arrange an appointment to come and talk to a trained advisor.
We are not a termination provider. If you would like more information on the termination procedure at your local hospital click http://www.peterboroughandstamford.nhs.uk
Who can help me with my decision?
Ultimately the decision about what to do is yours. Talking to people you trust and having accurate information can help. You may wish to talk to family and friends or it might be easier to talk to someone who is not so close to you.
Your general practice, young people’s service, FPA and Alternatives Stamford can talk to you about how you feel about the pregnancy and the choices you have.
You can also discuss your options with other services but they might charge a fee.
Will you tell others?
We’re here to listen, not to tell. We provide a confidential service to everyone, including those under 16.
You can tell someone about this visit but we won’t. The only time we would have to share your information is to protect you or someone else from serious harm. We will always try to discuss this with you first.
Equally, if you would like us to, we can talk with you and your partner/parent(s) together, or speak with them on your behalf. We won’t talk to anyone without talking to you first.
We work under the Fraser Guidelines.