Pregnancy spectrum

August 22, 2011

– counseling, hotlines, & general information

Where can I go to discuss my options for pregnancy, prenatal care, and receive education and support?

* Backline- If you need someone to talk to about your experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption, Backline has volunteer counselors staffing their hotline. 1-888-493-0092. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-1:00am, Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm EST. They also have a number of resources on their website.

* Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) - A North Carolina-based advocacy organization that promotes a wellness model of maternity care that improves birth outcomes and reduces costs. 866-424-3635

* Planned Parenthood - Find your local health center.


I’m pregnant and thinking about my delivery options. Where and how is the best way to give birth?

* Choices in Childbirth - Helps women make informed choices about where, how and with whom to birth. On their website you can find a “National Guide to Healthy Birth,” “New York Guide to Healthy Birth,” and “Philadelphia Guide to Healthy Birth.”

* Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) - A North Carolina-based advocacy organization that promotes a wellness model of maternity care that improves birth outcomes and reduces costs. 866-424-3635


How can I prevent an unnecessary cesarean section?

* International Cesarean Awareness Network and VBAC Information. Includes how to prevent an unnecessary cesarean, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), how to find resources in your community, information about ICAN, and how to become a part of ICAN.


I’m thinking about having an abortion but need a referral to a clinic. Where can I go?

* National Abortion Federation- National association for abortion providers with extensive information about pregnancy options and resources. NAF has two hotline numbers, one for information and financial assistance (1-800-772-9100); the other for clinical referrals (877-257-0012). See their website for the hotline hours.


I decided to carry my pregnancy to term, but I don’t want to or can’t keep my baby. What should I do now?

* National Safe Haven Alliance - Each state has a law in place to allow an unharmed infant to be relinquished to the proper authorities, no questions asked. The National Safe Haven Alliance works with states to promote these laws and increase public awareness that options exist. You can find one near you with their online locator. Hotline: 1-888-510-BABY(2229)



I had an abortion, and I need someone to talk to.

* Exhale – A confidential post-abortion counseling talkline. The website also has post-abortion resources for women, their significant others, and health care providers.


Talkline number: 1-866-4 EXHALE(39-4253). See their website for hotline hours.

* Backline- If you need someone to talk to about your experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption, Backline has volunteer counselors staffing their hotline. 1-888-493-0092. Visit their website to view the hotline hours as well as other resources.