The most important thing to remember when facing an unintended pregnancy is that you have options. We’re here to help you sort through all of your options so that you can make an informed decision.
I’m still not sure what I’ll do. But I feel like I am in a better place and now I understand all my options.— Benita
Parenting is hard work. We get it. We can help you carefully consider what it takes to parent children well. And we can help you learn and grow in your parenting skills if you decide to parent your baby (we provide free parenting classes & support).
If you’re considering parenting, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions such as:
- What type of support system do I have to help me?
- Am I comfortable with my parenting skills?
- Am I aware of the community resources available to me as a parent?
- How will I handle child care once the baby is born? Do I know how to apply for financial help?
There are many community resources available to you as a parent! We can help you navigate the network of support available to you and refer you to those agencies that will help you with your specific needs. And our free prenatal classes will encourage and prepare you for your new role as mom or dad.
Adoption looks very different today than it did twenty years ago.
Today, many moms and dads not only choose the family that will raise their baby, but they also decide what kind of contact they have with their child and the adoptive family.
There are many resources available to help you consider this option. If you’d like, we’ll be glad to refer you to local, reputable adoption agencies right here in Central PA that will walk you through these considerations every step of the way.
Abortion in PA
It’s common for women who experience an unintended pregnancy to consider the option of abortion. If you are considering this option, it can be helpful to educate yourself on abortion procedures available to you at your stage of pregnancy.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in their booklet “Abortion: Making A Decision”, the first step (after a woman decides to have an abortion) is to determine how long she has been pregnant.
Determining how long she has been pregnant will help determine what kind of abortion method will be used. There are surgical and non-surgical methods of abortion that are performed at abortion clinics.
Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services provides free, limited first-trimester ultrasounds to eligible women in order to confirm pregnancy viability and to establish pregnancy dating. We also help you by providing accurate abortion information for your stage of pregnancy. Contact us to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for this vital, free service at one of our 5 Lancaster or Lebanon locations. We also offer free pregnancy tests.
- How can I tell if I'm pregnant?
Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services offers free pregnancy tests and free limited first-trimester ultrasounds (obstetrical) 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. Contact us to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for this vital, free service.
- 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 (or book online) to schedule a free appointment. Check out our locations page for hours and contact information. All of our services are 100% free, confidential, and non-judgmental.
- 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. Our services are all 100% free. Contact us if you have any questions.
- 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. Our free pregnancy services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abortion clinic information, and other help along the way. We’ll walk with you! Get in touch with us by finding a location near you.
- 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 (or contact us).
- 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. We can help you by providing accurate abortion information for your stage of pregnancy (contact us). 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. We can help you consider all your options. We provide free, limited first-trimester ultrasounds (to eligible women) in order to confirm pregnancy viability and to establish pregnancy dating. Contact us to schedule an appointment (it’s free, confidential, and non-judgmental).
- 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 free 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 in Central PA. Learn more »
- Are there eligibility requirements?
We welcome all people who can benefit from our services. We serve everyone regardless of income, residency status, enrollment in other social services programs, etc. Our services are 100% free and available to anyone who would like our assistance.
- Do I have to be a Christian to benefit from your services?
No. We welcome all clients regardless of their spiritual beliefs. While all services offered at SVPS come from a biblical point of view; we believe that you have the freedom to make your own lifestyle choices, and to choose the SVPS services that are most helpful given your circumstances. As an expression of the love of Jesus, we offer all of our services free of charge to our clients.