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.
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
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)
•Post Abortion Support
•STD Testing (medically recommended before an abortion)
•Sexual Health Education & Information
Everything is confidential and free.
5806 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50266.
•Love, hope, and encouragement
•Friendship and emotional support
•Non-judgmental, confidential help
•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.
2550 Martin Luther King Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50310.
• Pregnancy Testing
• STD Testing
3605 Southeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320.
Classes, videos, and DVDs
Friendship and Support
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.
[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;
- 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.
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.