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Factors to Consider:

  • The costs for raising a child can vary depending on choices you make for things like hospital care and types of baby gear.
  • There are resources and support available through government and non government agencies.
  • We can direct you to relevant agencies.
  • We are available to offer practical and material support.
  • If you are not living with your child’s partner you can make a claim for child support payments. These payments can either be negotiated privately between yourself and the other parent or they can be organised through the child support agency
  • It can be difficult to imagine how you will cope in the future as you don’t know how your situation may change.
  • Call our Help Line. Its free and confidential.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I am not in a relationship. How will I cope on my own with a baby?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • Support is very important, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Everyone needs family and friends who are supportive, whether you are in a relationship or not.
  • Asking for different sorts of help is necessary and understandable.
  • We also offer emotional support for people who feel alone.
  • We can help people find other supportive groups in the community.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I’m worried about how others will react. How can I tell them?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • A good friend will offer support and help when needed.
  • Wait until you have come to terms with your situation yourself before you tell others.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]It is not the right time for me to have a baby. How will I be judged for being pregnant at this stage in my life?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • There are people who will judge you, but there will be others who will admire you for your decision to be the best parent you can be.

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Factors to Consider:

  • Expecting another child can be daunting. Call us for the chance to talk through your feelings and concerns.
  • Finding support is very important.
  • You may find that you end up excited about the new addition the further along in the pregnancy you are.
  • If you are unable to cope with another child, remember there are many infertile couples willing and wanting to adopt.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I’m too young! How can I have a baby at my age?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • Having a child is a life changing experience for anyone. If you are young there will be extra challenges so you will need extra support.
  • There are high schools that have pregnant and parenting programs so that a young mother does not have to drop out of school.
  • There are specific young parent support groups so that you can meet other young parents and encourage each other.
  • Call our Help Line and talk through how we can assist you.

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Factors to Consider:

  • Many women are choosing to have children at an older age.
  • With the right support, healthy lifestyle, enough sleep and exercise it is possible to keep up with your child.
  • If you already have older children, they can of help in raising a younger sibling.

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Factors to Consider:

  • there can be psychological and physical consequences for having an abortion.
  • If you have just had an abortion, it is really important that you take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and follow any post-surgery instructions. Do not hesitate to seek medical help if something just doesn’t “feel right.”
  • There are people who understand the complexities of having experienced an abortion. There are also other people that do not
  • Some friends or family may not know how to react when you tell them. They also may need assistance. (After abortion)
    We understand and care about you.
  • Call our Help Line to talk through how you might be feeling.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I don’t like the idea of the abortion procedure. Isn’t there a pill I can take? Are there any risks to my health?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:
This depends entirely on the person undergoing the procedure and the method.
The experience of abortion depends on each individual. Many women report that both medical and surgical abortions are extremely painful for them – from post-abortion cramping to severe discomfort during the surgical procedure. Other women find it simply uncomfortable.

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Factors to Consider:

  • There are high schools that have pregnant and parenting programs so that a young mother does not have to drop out of school.
  • Using distance education is also a possibility for pregnant students.
  • Completing courses part time, during the day or evening, is also a possibility.
  • Many campuses have child care available on site so your child is looked after while you are in class.
  • These days many people return to university at a later date.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I have a job. Will I have to give up my job?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • Most jobs have maternity leave.
  • If you are working somewhere where this in not the case this does not mean your working life is over.
  • Today there is more opportunity than ever for part time work, allowing you the flexibility of working and raising your child.
  • The availability of child care also means that continuing work is possible.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I didn’t plan to get pregnant. It was an accident. What are my options?[/toggleTitle]

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Factor to Consider:

  • In life we all make mistakes, but what matters most is how we respond to them.
  • You have some important decisions to make.
  • Call us to talk through your thoughts and feelings and get information.
  • It is important is to make sure you’ve considered all possibilities before making a decision.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I don’t want anything more to do with the father of the child. What will this mean if I continue the pregnancy?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • The situation is more complicated if you are not on good terms with the father. If you can make an agreement with him that is satisfactory for you both, then that would be a positive step.
  • It is possible that even if your relationship ends or never really started with the father of the child, he may have a positive role in your child’s life.
  • Although it may be difficult to accept at the moment, having a child may actually change him for the better.
  • As the biological father, he can legally petition for right to play a role in the child’s life. However 90 percent of custody battles are ruled in favour of the mother.
  • If he is abusive or threatening in any way you can file for a restraining order.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]My partner has threatened to hurt me. What should I do?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • If he actively threatens you, this is abuse – which is never ok.
  • You should talk to a friend or counsellor to seek help.
  • If you feel at risk of harm call the domestic violence line on 1800 811 811

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]My parents are putting pressure on me. How do I make my decision?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • Nobody wants to create family conflict, but the decision is ultimately yours as you are the one who will have to live with the decision.
  • Show respect to your parents as you listen to them and explain your views.
  • Call us if you would like someone else to talk things through with.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I don’t like what pregnancy might do to my body. Won’t I end up putting on weight? And what about all the physical aspects of pregnancy – from morning sickness to mood swings?[/toggleTitle]

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Factors to Consider:

  • There are many physiological aspects to pregnancy that can be strange, unsettling or even painful and unpleasant.
  • Most woman who are pregnant are apprehensive about some aspect of pregnancy.
  • Keeping healthy during pregnancy is very important.
  • Understanding what is happening to your body and the reason for changes is important and very helpful. This will help you be less fearful.
  • Most importantly remember your body is designed to cope with this process.
  • The body is extremely resilient, and you’ll lose most of the weight within months after giving birth – especially if you breastfeed and look after your general health.
  • Every woman is different though, and you may not experience many unpleasant side effects at all.
  • Also, many women consider pregnancy to be one of the greatest experiences of their lives – even with all the strange changes.

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[toggle] [toggleTitle]I have had an abortion. I have questions who can I talk to? I am considering having an abortion. What can I expect afterwards?[/toggleTitle]

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There are many factors to consider with determining whether to choose to abort or terminate your pregnancy. There’s the choice of abortion clinic (note that we’re particular experts in Queensland Abortion Clinics or the Australian law on the abortion pill), there are the risks, your circumstances, your general health and more.

Each abortion case is different and unique so it’s worth picking up the phone to our friendly, expert pregnancy counsellors.

When it comes to the experience POST ABORTION, most women feel initial relief which is often short lived and then, because abortion is a loss there may be a sense of loss or deep regret. Other women may experience more sever emotional trauma.

Some women experience what is called “PASS” – Post-abortion Stress Syndrome, which can involve thoughts of suicide or an inability to function normally. Indeed we can help if this is how you feel affected by abortion.

Call our Help Line now or contact us to make an appointment.

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