If your question isn’t on the list below or if you would like to talk with one of our peer-to-peer pregnancy counselors to learn more, give us a call at one of our PRC centers.
Are your pregnancy counselors either therapists or psychologists?
Our pregnancy counselors are trained peer-to-peer counselors who are not licensed therapists, psychologists, or psychiatrists. We help by coming alongside and offering the benefits of wisdom and insight gained through experience and training. We can also connect you with one of our trusted partners would be a good resource for you in your unique situation, if it seems like taking that route would be helpful.
Can pregnancy bring on mental illness?
Mental illness is a serious concern for pregnant women. If you previously had or are currently being treated for a serious mental illness, the physical and emotional stress along with a change in your ability to take medication, are all situations that need to be addressed by appropriate mental health professionals – which we are happy to connect you with if that is an issue.
Research shows that 7-20% of women experience increased anxiety and depression during the antenatal or prenatal period. While giving birth to a new life is something which is joyful and full of blessing, it’s perfectly normal to experience extreme doubts and uncertainty. Hormones may make it more difficult than it would be otherwise to cope with these feelings. We are here to help make sense of what you’re going through. Regardless of how you’re doing mentally, we encourage you to contact one of our centers.
What is preconception counseling?
Preconception counseling is a meeting women who are intending to get pregnant should schedule with their healthcare provider approximately three months prior to beginning to attempt to conceive. At this appointment, risks and potential complications for the mother and child are run through based on the medical history and condition of the mother and father. This is not something we provide at PRC, as many of our clients did not plan their pregnancy. But in the case of having a child, failing to prepare is not preparing to fail. You have months to make key decisions and get things in order to help ensure your baby will come into the world under good circumstances.
Meeting with a prenatal genetic counselor may be a supplement to preconception counseling, or it may be of primary importance. Genetic counseling is designed to help parents determine and understand the possibility of genetic disorders being passed on to their children. Again, this is not something we do at PRC, but if your baby is found to have a genetic disorder, we can provide different ways for you to get the support you will need.
How do you counsel a pregnant teenager?
Each of our counseling relationships (and meetings) is defined by the needs of the person coming to see us. This does not change whether we are supporting a teenager or someone in their late 30s. Women of all ages need a support network to help ensure a successful pregnancy, and we will do everything we can to ensure as much support as possible is in place for each woman who comes into our centers.
Do you pressure people away from choosing abortion?
It would be inconsistent with our core beliefs about unborn children, not to mention the scientific and experiential reasons, to recommend or assist women in seeking an abortion – particularly when there are other, better options out there. However, we make the commitment to never pressure or harass women to believe what we do. We simply provide all the information we can, and go from there. Women who are inclined toward abortion or who have had an abortion before, are encouraged to come into one of our centers to hear a different perspective than they might not get anywhere else. Abortion is a decision that will last for the rest of your life. It’s important to get all the perspective you can – we make the commitment not to judge. Our pregnancy counselors are here to provide just that. Get in touch with us today.
What is the goal of your pregnancy counseling?
The goal of peer-to-peer pregnancy counseling at PRC is to
- Listen with an empathetic ear – many of our counselors have been where you are
- Inform women about their choices
- Support women as far as we are able
- Connect women and their families to specialized resources in the community
What should I do if I get pregnant and don’t want the baby?
That’s exactly the kind of question that our pregnancy counselors are here to help you navigate. We know that it is more comfortable seeking answers anonymously behind the screen, but making a decision about this is a matter of the utmost importance that shouldn’t be made based off of internet searches. Our commitment is to make our conversation with you as comfortable and helpful as possible, judgment-free. Contact one of our centers today to take the first step.