My Friend Thinks She's Pregnant
If you’re helping a friend who thinks she’s pregnant, Eden Clinic should be the first place to visit.
All the choices in an unplanned pregnancy are hard. She is probably confused, scared, and unsure about what to do, or where to go for help. Make her an appointment for answers, medical services, and support she will need to make a pregnancy decision she can live with. You are welcome to assist her at the appointment.
Confirm She's Pregnant
Although your friend has had a positive home pregnancy test, she should have another test to be sure. The first pregnancy test at the Eden Clinic is free of charge. If her test is positive, she may qualify for a free ultrasound to determine how far along she is, which is important when considering abortion.
Is She Considering Abortion?
If abortion is a consideration, then she needs accurate facts about abortion and associated risks - like any surgery. The number of weeks pregnant will help determine the abortion procedures available. The Eden Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions, but Eden should be the first place to visit to 1) confirm a viable pregnancy, 2) with an ultrasound, determine gestation [number of weeks pregnant], 3) learn the types of abortions available and costs of each, and 4) understand the emotional and physical risks associated with abortion.
Pressure From the Boyfriend, Family and Friends
Friends and family want to give advice with an unplanned pregnancy because they want to help, not considering the end result. Help your friend find the time and information she needs to make a decision that she can live with; not the boyfriend or family or even you. It's really hard for her to look at all her options objectively when she doesn't want to lose her boyfriend if she considers continuing the pregnancy. What you can do is help her realize she needs to make this decision for the one person who has to live with it - her. Bring her to the Eden Clinic to get help from trained advocates who can walk her through the process of her choices in a non-threatening and confidential environment.
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