The initial shock of an unintended pregnancy often leads to an overwhelming desire to react quickly. This is totally normal. It’s important that you try not to panic. You owe it to yourself to slow down and consider your options.
You can’t turn back time and change the fact that, today, you’re pregnant. But you CAN take the time to consider your next step. Asking yourself a few questions (like those below) can help you clarify what to do next.
- Who in my life really loves me and can be trusted with my questions?
- How do I really feel about parenting, abortion, and adoption? How did I feel about these choices before I became pregnant?
- How will I feel about my decision a year from now?
- Am I sure that my pregnancy is even viable? How can I find out?
These are the types of questions that our trained staff and volunteer advocates are able to help you answer. Schedule an appointment at one of our locations and we’ll help you sort through your options. In the meantime, the below information might help you as you consider your next steps.
You owe it to yourself to carefully consider all of your options when facing an unintended pregnancy. We do not profit from your pregnancy decision, no matter what you choose. We empower you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.Learn More
We’re here to help, providing you with everything from pregnancy tests to parenting classes. All of the services we provide are 100% FREE, confidential, and non-judgmental.Learn More
We’ve been helping women and men deal with the stress and pressures of an unintended pregnancy for over thirty years. Hear their stories and experiences first hand by reading their testimonials.Learn More
We’re Here For You
Since 1985 we have been serving women, men, & their parents dealing with the stress of an unintended pregnancy.
- For the Mother
We believe your life is important. You probably have many questions about what to do, where to go, and who to trust. You deserve accurate answers that put your care first.
- For the Father
We understand the pressure and uncertainty that you are experiencing. As you consider what the future may be for you and your partner, you need to find a non-judgemental resource to help you navigate these trying times.
- For their Parents
To see your child go through the stress of an unintended pregnancy is a terribly hard thing to do. We want to see them come through safe, healthy, and able to live a full life. You too need to find a resource you can trust to help your family through to the other side.
Steps To Managing An Unintended Pregnancy
Know you are not alone. We are here for you.
No matter what choice you make, we don’t profit from your decision in any way.
Research your pregnancy options
An unintended pregnancy can cause you to feel like you have no options. This is a normal feeling that many women experience. Initial feelings of helplessness are common when first learning of an unintended pregnancy. It’s important to remember that you still have choices.
Every woman has the right to consider her options of parenting, adoption, and abortion. If you would like to learn more about a particular option, we’ll carefully review that requested information with you. You can tell us when you’ve heard enough, and we’ll respect your choice. Your voice matters to us. We’re here for you.
Know the risks involved
All choices have perceived benefits and risks. We will share clinically accurate information with you and help you sort through the risks and benefits so that you can make an informed decision.
Seek help from qualified professionals
We’re here for you. We’ve been helping women and men deal with the stress of unintended pregnancy since 1985. We’ll help you evaluate all of your options so that you can make the best choice for you. We can also refer you to local community resources that can help with you with your specific needs that are outside the scope of our services. We don’t profit in any way from your pregnancy choice. All of our services are 100% FREE, confidential, and non-judgmental, including:
- Pregnancy Tests
- Medically-Accurate Abortion Information
- Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound for clients who qualify
- Pregnancy Options Education to help you make an informed pregnancy decision
- Free, individually tailored prenatal and parenting classes
- Material assistance for clients and their babies
- Referrals to local community services such as shelter, housing, and food assistance
- How can I tell if I'm pregnant?
Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services offers free limited first-trimester obstetrical ultrasounds to eligible clients to help you determine if you are pregnant. This ultrasound enables you to confirm that your pregnancy is viable and also establishes accurate dating of your pregnancy – two pieces of information that are very helpful to know as you consider your pregnancy options.
- Do I need an appointment?
We do accept walk-ins at most locations. In order to ensure that you do not have a long wait, it is suggested that you call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Check out our locations page for hours and contact information.
- What do I need to bring with me to an appointment?
If you have a photo ID, please bring it with you to your first appointment.
- Do I have to tell my parents?
According to Pennsylvania law, a minor of 14 years of age or older is able to access a range of care services without parental notification or consent. Care providers are required to protect client confidentiality. If you are 14 years of age or older, you are legally able to access the free services provided by Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services without parental notification or consent.
- Do I have to tell the father?
Each person’s situation is unique. You may find it helpful to talk through your circumstances with someone who will listen to you non-judgmentally and help you sort through your options as you decide what is best for you. You are not required by law to tell the father of your baby about your pregnancy.
- Do I have to drop out of school if I decide to carry my baby to term?
Federal law protects the rights of a pregnant student who decides to continue her pregnancy and requires that learning institutions make accommodations for her throughout her pregnancy. Please refer to the Title IX page of our website for details.
- How long can I wait to get an abortion?
How much time you have to make your pregnancy decision depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy at the time you make your choice. In Pennsylvania, abortions are legal until the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy. After that time, only rare circumstances will legally allow for an abortion to take place.
- Is there help available for me if I want to parent my baby?
Yes! Most women are very surprised at the wide range of community services available to them if they choose to parent their baby. Being a parent is hard work. Being a single parent is even harder. But moms and dads don’t have to face the responsibility alone. Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services can provide you with a wide range of parenting support and connect you to community services that will provide you with even more additional support. Housing, baby supplies and gear, education, health care, food assistance, and more are available to help young parents.