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Healthy options for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy

You’re pregnant. It’s unexpected. And you’re not so sure you want this child. What do you do? Know this: you have healthy options, because there are a wealth of unplanned pregnancy resources at your disposal.

Even more, know that you are not alone. You’ll see why in a minute.

Yesterday’s blogpost exposed a tragic statistic most at-risk women don’t know.

post abortive trauma

Even more, abortion leaves lifelong scars, both emotional and physical.

Iowans for Life has compiled a broad list of unplanned pregnancy resources. If you or someone you know is in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy, these free resources can help you immediately, as well as after the birth of your child.

Free unplanned pregnancy resources

InnerVisions HealthCare:

1355 50th Street, Suite 400, W. Des Moines, IA 50266.

InnerVisions is a great resource, with services like these:

•Early Detection Pregnancy Test (medical verification needed prior to abortion)


•Confidential Counseling

•Post Abortion Support

•Adoption Info

•Comprehensive Referrals

•STD Testing (medically recommended before an abortion)

•PAP Testing

•Sexual Health Education & Information

Everything is confidential and free.

Birthright International:

5806 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50266.

They offer:

•Love, hope, and encouragement

•Friendship and emotional support

•Non-judgmental, confidential help

•Pregnancy tests

•Maternity and baby clothes

•Referrals to: Medical supports, Financial and/or employment resources, Housing, Legal referrals, Education assistance, Social assistance, Professional counseling.

•Information on: Pregnancy and childbirth; Prenatal development and care; Parenting skills; child care and child safety; Career development and/or continuing education; Community programs and/or social assistance; Adoption.

Agape Pregnancy Center:

2550 Martin Luther King Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50310.

Free services:

• Pregnancy Testing

• STD Testing

• Ultrasounds

• Consultations

Alpha Women’s Center:

3605 Southeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320.


  • Pregnancy tests

  • Maternity clothing

  • Baby closet

  • Classes, videos, and DVDs

  • Bible Studies

  • Friendship and Support

Ruth Harbor House:

534-42nd Street, Des Moines, IA  50312.

Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs, and comprehensive services resulting in positive life change for young women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies, and their babies.

House of Mercy:

[The address is kept confidential.]

House of Mercy offers vital housing, human service, substance-related/addictive disorders treatment, and mental health programs to individuals and families that have experienced difficulty in accessing these critical services and supports. Specific services provided by the House of Mercy include:

  • permanent housing;
  • transportation;
  • childcare;
  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS);
  • outpatient mental health counseling (e.g., individual, group, relationship, trauma, and family therapy);
  • addiction counseling services (e.g., substance abuse assessments, primary treatment,
  • relapse prevention education, individual/group counseling, aftercare support, twelve-step meetings, etc.);
  • homeless outreach addiction assessment, education, treatment, and case management services;
  • student assistance assessment and treatment programming;
  • education and employment assistance;
  • and skill development training in such areas as communication, parenting, anger management, and nutrition.

Restored by Grace Ministries:

130 East 3rd Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Post-abortive resources: Restored by Grace was birthed from hearts desiring to bring hope, healing and restoration to men, women and families as we journey with them from brokeness to wholeness by confronting the lies of guilt, shame and condemnation with God’s word and love.

The list above provides resources in Des Moines. You can find more help around the state. Visit Iowans for Life’s Resource Center for more unplanned pregnancy resources.

Are you in crisis? Helping hands await you with access to free, healthy options.

You’re not alone.


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