Pregnancy Helpline
1300 139 313

Free, compassionate and confidential support 8am-10pm, 7 days, Nationwide 

478-800Frequently Asked Questions 

I think I'm pregnant. What should I do and what decisions do I need to make? 

The first and most important thing you need to do is to confirm your pregnancy. Many of our pregnancy help centres offer free pregnancy testing. If you can't find a centre near you, that's ok, we're still here to support you over the phone or online whilst you take an at home pregnancy testing kit. You could also attend an appointment with your regular health care practitioner.  

If you are pregnant, you have different options open to you.The most important thing at this time is that you give yourself the space to explore each option thoroughly and don't feel rushed or pressured into making a quick decision. Regardless of the circumstances, pregnancy is an important event in your life,  and you have the right to take whatever time you need to make the right one for you. 

Your options include, continuing your pregnancy and raising your child, continuing your pregnancy and placing your child for adoption, or terminating your pregnancy. Each of these options has its challenges. Please see our fact sheets on the different options, or call any one of our pregnancy support centres and talk to someone who will listen impartially to your situation. 

If I decide to parent what kind of help can I get? 

It depends on what type of help you need. Many of our agencies offer not only emotional support, but practical and material assistance to help you with maternity clothing, baby supplies and even with navigating your way through the health care system. Agencies will be able to help you find out what entitlements you are able to access and how you can be supported if you would like to continue your education or employment.

What about adoption? 

There are hundreds of couples in Australia waiting for children to adopt, but very few children being placed for adoption. This is partly because adoption has a negative reputation due to the way things were done some decades ago. However, adoption is very different now with birth parents and adoptive parents able to negotiate levels of contact and sharing of information. You will find links and information about adoption on our website. 

What if I want an abortion?  

Pregnancy help centres exist to provide you with a safe environment to make a pregnancy decision that is fully informed, evidence-based, consistent with your belief system, and free from external influence. We 100% respect you and your right to make your own confident decision and seek to provide you with accurate information on all three options: abortion, adoption, and parenting.

If you choose to pursue abortion, the centre will not mislead or obstruct your decision. None of our affiliated centres provide or refer for an abortion so, if you request help in obtaining an abortion, you will be advised to consult your healthcare professional. Our pregnancy help centres will also encourage you to return, if required, to recieve post-abortion support.

Reach Out

National Helpline (8am - 10pm AEST)
1300 139 313