If your pregnancy test is positive, you have a decision to make. You are not alone in this situation. It is important you make an informed decision as it will impact the rest of your life. You have three options. Parenting - Becoming a parent is a big step. We can walk you through the questions you'll need to answer as you consider this option, like "Can I afford to parent?" or "Will I be able to stay in school?" or "How will this impact my future plans?" Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent is challenging. But with the support of caring people, parenting education, and other resources, many women find the help and support they need to make this choice. Adoption - Making an adoption plan gives you a lot of choices. You can choose a family and choose how involved you want to be. It's all up to you. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice. Adoption is a decision made by a woman who wants a life for her baby that she is unable to provide right now. Abortion - Abortion is a medical procedure, so you owe it to yourself to get complete information. Because everyone should have access to this information, our services, including ultrasounds, are provided without charge. Help Is Available - Facing an unexpected pregnancy can seem overwhelming. That is why knowing where to go for help is important. The Hope Center wants to help you through this difficult time. Our center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals. Free Ultrasound - To confirm that your pregnancy is a viable pregnancy, we offer a *free limited obstetrical ultrasound with one of our trained and licensed ultrasound technicians. We will use our ultrasound machine to see how far along you are and confirm that you have a pregnancy in your uterus. Based on the availability of a sonographer and length of pregnancy, we can schedule you for an ultrasound on a future date available. Getting a lab quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound are the first steps you can take in making informed choices for your health. *Limited ultrasound is available to determine if the baby is in the uterus, measure the size of the baby, and measure the rate of the baby's heartbeat.
Free STI Testing
Some STIs can cause a lot of damage and can be passed to your partner without your knowledge. You do not have to have symptoms to be contagious; you can spread the disease at any time. Hope Center offers free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, HEP C, HIV and other STI’s. For more information, or to schedule a test, please call 765-825-1244. Do I have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)? While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted infections (STI) are equally, if not more, concerning. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STI every time you have sex. An STI is an infection that does not show physical signs or symptoms. It is contracted from another infected person through sexual activity. It becomes an STI when symptoms appear. It's important to remember that not all infected people will have signs or symptoms. What are the symptoms of an STI? The symptoms of an STI are different depending on the infection. Many SIDs don't cause any symptoms that you would notice, so the only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. You can get an STI from having sex with someone who has no symptoms. Just like you, that person might not even know he or she has an STI. Some possible signs of an STI include the following: - Pain when you urinate or have sex. - Discharge from the vagina, penis, anus, or throat. - Unexplained rash or lesion in the genital area. What do I do if I think I have an STI? Treating STIs early is important to prevent more serious and long-term complications. If you think you have an STI: - Stop having sex. - Call the Hope Center to get tested immediately at 765-825-1244 - Notify your recent sex partner(s) if you are diagnosed with an STI.
From the moment you discover you are pregnant until your child's toddler years, Parenting with Hope programs offer the support and resources you need for a healthy pregnancy and confident parenting. You qualify for the Parenting with Hope program at the point of your first appointment. This program is free and it provides men and women with a personalized parenting education program that prepares them for the birth and first years with their child. Topics include: What to expect during pregnancy How to have a healthy pregnancy Childbirth Child development Effective parenting Newborn and infant care Breastfeeding Raising a healthy child Life skills Positive Partnerships Fatherhood Toddler years Men and women who participate in the Parenting with Hope programs earn “Hope Dollars” for items in our Baby Boutique such as; car seats, diapers, clothing and other baby necessities. Call our office for more information 765-825-1244.
Community Assistance Referrals
We understand that many people need more help outside of parenting resources. We work with other local organizations to provide educational, community, and financial resources that can help guide you to a stable future. These services are free and confidential. Ask us at your next visit or call our office for more information at 765-825-1244.