Emotional and practical support
For some people, continuing with a pregnancy is a clear choice, but for others it can be a difficult decision, particularly if the pregnancy was unintended.
If you have feelings of anxiety, stress and indecision you are not alone. Although your situation may feel overwhelming, we can help you explore the possibility of continuing with your pregnancy and becoming a parent.
You may have a host of worries and concerns that feel like they have no easy answers, but we can work through the emotional and practical consequences of continuing with your pregnancy.
- I’m still in education, how would I cope?
- I’m too young to have a baby
- I’ve had a family – I am too old to have another baby
- I am worried about my relationship with the father
- My family would not support my decision to continue with the pregnancy
- I don’t think I could be a single parent
- I don’t have any financial security
We are here to help
If you are worried about any of these things, call us on 0300 4000 999 and we can discuss them together. It may help to share your concerns with someone who can help you look at each issue clearly.
You may feel more comfortable just chatting to someone online. If so, one of our CareConfidential Online Advisors is on hand for as long as you need.
Where else can I find help?
Your Midwife may have information about parenting support groups, charities and organisations that can offer you practical help and baby equipment.
Antenatal classes can help you prepare for the birth and give you practical advice about looking after a baby. They are also a good way to meet other parents in your area. These are sometimes run through your local surgery or hospital, or through the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Speak to your GP or midwife for more information.
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is a good place to start for advice on housing and benefits. Visit www.adviceguide.org.uk for more information and for details of your local centre.
You can also visit www.gov.uk for information on everything from maternity grants to child benefit, tax credits and maintenance advice.
What about education?
Although it may seem difficult to continue studying while pregnant or when you have had your baby, it is possible and there is lots of support available to you.
The CAB can give you more information on continuing your education through pregnancy and beyond.
When you have had your baby you may be entitled to a Care to Learn grant to help pay for your childcare costs while you learn. Visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn for more information.