After considering all your options for your unintended pregnancy, you think you want to parent. You may be wondering what impact the pregnancy may have on your career, education, finances, or even how the baby will affect you and/or your partner. While this may all seem very daunting, we are here to walk with you through this decision.
How will I afford this?
Thankfully, there are resources within the community that can help ease the impact that adding a baby can have on your finances. If you do not have insurance, you should visit or call the Department of Social Services in Harrisonburg to discuss Medicaid. If you are single and will require child support from the father, you can also discuss this with Social Services. The local Health Department can provide an application for the Women Infant & Children (WIC) program that provides supplemental food to those who qualify. There are also local organizations that can help in providing other necessary items a baby will require.
Will I be able to finish college or keep working?
Often, a woman facing an unintended pregnancy doesn’t feel equipped to be a parent while achieving her education and career goals. We believe you can do both. A support network and available community resources can provide the encouragement and assistance that would allow you to continue your education and/or reach your career goals. Identify individuals – family and friends – in your life who are willing to help you during this time. Take advantage of the support programs available in the community that help make it possible for you to achieve your dreams.
I know nothing about having kids, how will I be equipped to be a parent?
At AVA Care, we have a program called EXCEL that is designed to equip women (and their partners) who are facing unintended pregnancy for success. We understand choosing to parent can be challenging; we are here to help you succeed.
What do I do next?
If you choose to parent, taking care of yourself is very important. In caring for yourself, you will give your baby the best possible start and you will experience a healthier pregnancy. We recommend that your first step be to confirm you’re actually pregnant. AVA Care has licensed medical staff that can administer a pregnancy test and confirm your pregnancy through an ultrasound. When your pregnancy has been confirmed, we encourage you to begin taking prenatal vitamins. We also recommend that you schedule an appointment with an OB, as soon as possible, for your prenatal care. You will also want to stop using any substances that may potentially harm the baby, such as tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.
AVA Care recognizes that the thought of parenting can be both exciting and scary. We take the time to listen to your specific situation and provide you with helpful information as you make your decision.
AVA Care is here to Advocate for you, Validate your concerns and provide Answers to your questions. We are here for you – no matter what you decide. Schedule an appointment online or call 540.434.7528 today.
Dr. Teresa Klansek
The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Medical Director Dr. Teresa Klansek.