Abortion Pill Oakland

Use Caution When Searching for the Abortion Pill in Oakland

I learned the hard way to exert caution when searching for the abortion pill in Oakland, CA. In the spring of 2017, I found myself pregnant. I was in law school and could not fathom how I could possibly meet the demands of graduate school with a baby.

My parents sent me to America from China to study international financial law because they felt it would guarantee me a good job when I returned home to Beijing. The oldest of two children, I was expected to excel at all that I did. I was living with my aunt in Oakland while attending U.C. Berkeley. My aunt had never had children and was very rigid in her approach to life. I knew there was no way my aunt would embrace me and a baby. I felt an abortion was my only option.

While searching for the abortion clinics online, I saw several ads pop up for the abortion pill. I could order the abortion pill and have it mailed to me for less money than a surgical abortion. Based on the reviews, they seemed legit. Besides, all of the abortion clinics in Oakland wanted me to go in for a pregnancy test and ultrasound and I had to take the first pill of the two-pill regimen in the clinic. On top of that, I couldn’t even get an appointment at an abortion clinic in Oakland for two weeks!

The online pharmacy required a pregnancy verification as proof that I was pregnant. I was thrilled when I found Support Circle because they were able to get me in within a day or so. The nurse at Support Circle was nice. She did a pregnancy test with a medical grade test to see if I really was pregnant.  When that came back positive, she did an ultrasound to date the pregnancy and to make sure the pregnancy was viable and not ectopic.  I was at eight weeks gestation.

Everyone at Support Circle was professional and kind. They really listened to me and seemed to genuinely want to help. At that time, I just wanted to get the abortion pill, have an abortion and get on with my life without my family knowing I was ever pregnant. Once I uploaded my pregnancy verification to the online abortion pill site, I received my abortion pill regimen within a week.

I took the pills as soon as they arrived because I was l almost at the 10-week point.  After 10 weeks, the FDA has not approved the use of the abortion pill. The process was far more intense than I had expected. I didn’t realize the side effects would be so difficult. I expected some pain and nausea but it was so bad, my aunt almost called the ambulance. Of course, I couldn’t let that happen. So, I pretended everything was okay and that I was recovering from the “flu.”

Two weeks later, I was still feeling nauseous every day. I knew something was wrong. I went to my doctor who informed me that I was still pregnant. The “abortion pills” I had purchased online did nothing to end my pregnancy. Now, my options were more limited because I was 12 weeks pregnant. I was devastated. I felt completely alone and didn’t know where to turn.

Because they had been very helpful the first time, I went back to Support Circle to talk to my patient advocate. I was so emotional and distraught. She was so wonderful and supportive that it was almost like talking to my best friend. My patient advocate came alongside me as I figured out my next steps and shared community resources that I had no clue existed.

I won’t tell you all that happened afterward but I wanted to show my gratitude to my patient advocate for all of her care and concern. I can’t thank my Support Circle patient advocate enough. She was there for me. I would recommend someone call Support Circle FIRST if they are alone and pregnant and looking for the abortion pill in Oakland, like I was.

Abortion Clinics Near Me

In 2018, I was searching for abortion clinics near me when I found Support Circle. My best friend and I had recently moved to the area to begin school at Notre Dame de Namur. I was so busy starting college that I didn’t realize I had missed my period.

My high school sweetheart and I had gone to colleges on opposite coasts.  We vowed to be faithful to each other and to focus on our education, not on partying or dating other people. At first, we kept in touch with FaceTime on our iPhones and with texts and phone calls.  But the FaceTime had stopped after the first week and the texts from him stopped soon after. I could see him partying on Insta and that’s how I found out about his new girlfriend. It was when I checked my calendar trying to figure out when he had started dating her that I realized I had not had a period since moving to the Bay Area.

I raced to Walgreens pharmacy to get a pregnancy test. Just in case, I got the two-test pack. Positive. Both of them. I didn’t know what to do. When my roommate came home that night, I told her. She knew exactly what to do. She said she had used the abortion pill a year before and told me I needed to Google abortion clinics near me to find a place to get the abortion pill. So, I did. And that’s when I found Support Circle.

Well, first I found a couple of abortion clinics but they were either closed permanently or I couldn’t get an appointment right away. I was going out of my mind. I was pregnant! I was so confused. I had just started college. I was so scared to tell my boyfriend – my ex-boyfriend? He still hadn’t admitted to me that he was dating the girl on his Insta. I needed to talk to someone immediately. And I needed the abortion pill yesterday!

The nurse at Support Circle confirmed that I was pregnant with a pregnancy test.  She told me that, based on the information I gave her, I was approximately 10 weeks pregnant. To verify this, she did an ultrasound. With measurements from the ultrasound, she dated the pregnancy at 11 weeks. When she told me I was too far along for the abortion pill, I panicked inside. I looked at the screen that I had been avoiding and could clearly see my baby’s heart beating and he moved around a lot. I was fascinated by what I saw on the screen and began to tear up. There was no way I could have an abortion.

I was lost. I didn’t know what to do. I had so many questions. How would I care for a child? Would I be able to finish college? Where would I live? So many more questions. Over the next few weeks, my patient advocate listened and helped me find the resources I needed to be able to do this parenting thing on my own. I don’t know what I would have done without her help.

Support Circle has my vote!  Call or visit Support Circle if you are pregnant and need a pregnancy ultrasound or to confirm your pregnancy.  Instead of finding an abortion clinic near me, I found the support and help I needed to make my best decision.

 

Abortion in Redwood City, CA

Are you searching for an abortion in Redwood City, CA?  Let’s take it one step at a time. First, are you sure you are pregnant? Home pregnancy tests are usually pretty accurate but they can’t tell you if your pregnancy is viable or how far along the pregnancy is. Step one is to get a reliable pregnancy test from a medical clinic. And, if that test is positive, you can have an ultrasound to confirm and date the pregnancy.

An ultrasound as step two is important because sometimes, the pregnancy is not viable. If it is not viable, you may experience a miscarriage soon, naturally. In that case, you would not need to obtain an abortion. A second instance when a pregnancy is not viable is when the fetus is not in the uterus, where it should be. If the fetus is growing in your fallopian tubes, this is called an ectopic pregnancy and can potentially be life-threatening. The earlier you know if the pregnancy is viable, the better for your physical and mental well-being.

Step three is knowing how far along the pregnancy is. If your pregnancy is viable, you will need to know how many weeks gestation – often referred to as dating the pregnancy. This is important because your abortion options and pregnancy options are completely dependent on how many weeks gestation the pregnancy is. You could be farther along than you realize. The ultrasound allows the nurse to accurately date your pregnancy. You can’t make a well-informed abortion or pregnancy decision until you know how far long the pregnancy is. For example, if you are searching for an abortion in Redwood City, CA, your options change dramatically after 10 weeks gestation.

Whatever your final decision, whether you decide to have an abortion, place your child for adoption, or parent, you will need a pregnancy verification to obtain services. Time is of the essence so it is best if you can obtain the pregnancy test, ultrasound and pregnancy verification at the same location, ideally on one visit, or in two visits if you are too early in your pregnancy to receive an ultrasound procedure. The nurses at Support Circle’s medical clinic in Redwood City can provide the pregnancy verification, help you with your early pregnancy decision and answer your medical questions. They can even provide you with symptom relief from nausea.

A wise next step is to take a moment to consider who your support system is. Do you have a trusted family member, friend, maybe even a teacher or co-worker that you can discuss your thoughts with?  If you would like to sit down with someone who can listen and help you figure out who should be in your support system, or if you feel like you don’t have someone that you can talk to, come to Support Circle.  The patient advocates and specialists at Support Circle listen and can provide emotional support regardless of your final decision. As specialists, they can share community resources that you never even knew existed! They can help you process through your decision-making and can answer your many questions.

Support Circle can help with free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and pregnancy verification and provide emotional support while you navigate your pregnancy decision. Visit our medical clinic in Redwood City, CA if you are considering an abortion.

 

Abortion Clinic Redwood City

I asked my roommate to take me to an abortion clinic in Redwood City because if I showed up at home pregnant, my life would be over.

I’m a Dreamer. My parents risked their lives to leave Columbia and come to America to give me and my younger sister a better chance at life. All I ever heard growing up was how smart and strong and beautiful I was. How I would go to Stanford University, become a doctor and make my parents proud. The pressure to be perfect was too much. I needed a release. I started going to parties with my roommate. My grades began to slip. I was no longer the perfect A student.

When my period was a few days late, I told myself it was just the stress and all the late nights studying to get my GPA back up. After a week, I began to think about being pregnant 24/7. I couldn’t focus on much else. I kept counting and trying to figure out if it could be possible. Finally, I took a home pregnancy test. I got the three-pack and took all three at the same time. Pregnant. Pregnant. Pregnant!

How had I made such a mess of my life in just a few months? I knew I couldn’t disappoint my family. It was bigger than disappointment. It was betrayal. I had betrayed their trust in me. My only choice was to go with my roommate to get an abortion in Redwood City as it was close, but far enough away that no one would recognize me. I called to make the appointment but they couldn’t see me for two more weeks. Midterms week!

My roommate took me to Support Circle in Redwood City so that I could at least get a pregnancy verification which would date the pregnancy. At Support Circle, it felt like I was talking to my best friend. Even though she was older than me, she really heard me. The ultrasound told us that I had an ectopic pregnancy and my life was in danger. I went straight to the ER. I didn’t realize how risky ectopic pregnancies are until the Support Circle nurse calmly explained it to me. I am alive today because of the nurse at Support Circle.

If you think you may be pregnant and are looking for an abortion clinic in Redwood City, I really recommend you check out Support Circle for a pregnancy verification.

 

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Pregnant? Considering your options?

Pregnant? Considering abortion? Considering your pregnancy options?

Need someone to talk to? We can help.

Oakland: 510-891-9998

San Francisco: 415-627-9175

Redwood City: 650-261-9115

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Pregnant? Need Options?

Pregnant? Unsure of your options? Need someone to talk to? We can help.

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How Do I Tell My Boss I Am Pregnant?

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of hope and excitement while awaiting your newest family member. It can also be a time of uncertainty, especially where your employment is concerned. Some employers have positive attitudes and policies regarding maternity leave and parenting, while other employers have a less than welcoming approach. The good news is that there are laws to protect pregnant women and most employers fall somewhere in the middle of the extremes.

Often, telling our boss that we are pregnant can be the biggest stress hurdle. Here are some helpful tips to help you tell your employer that you are pregnant:

1. Know your rights. Read your company’s policy on maternity leave and parental leave and familiarize yourself with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state laws regarding maternity leave. The U.S. does not have paid maternity leave laws. California is one of only four states that have paid maternity leave laws in addition to FMLA. It might tip your hand to ask HR for the company’s maternity leave policies. You should be able to access company policies in your initial employment paperwork, by requesting a copy of the employee handbook/policy manual from HR, or it may be in an employee online portal.

2. When to tell. Many women wait until they are into the second trimester (four to six months) before telling an employer of their pregnancy. Often, this is when women begin to “show” but it is also considered a “safe” time since most miscarriages occur in the first trimester (three months) of a pregnancy. Some women have such severe morning sickness that they may need to share the news with their employer early in their pregnancy as it could become a medical issue impacting their performance.

Consider timing your announcement until after an upcoming performance review, project deadline or deal. Telling your supervisor before a pending company reorganization could be mutually beneficial if you don’t plan on returning after the baby is born. It could be a good time to part ways and possibly leave with a severance package or unemployment benefits instead of just quitting after the baby is born. Conversely, if you plan to return after the baby is born, you might consider holding off on sharing your pregnancy news. Employers are not legally permitted to fire you for being pregnant but they can let you go under the guise of the reorganization.

3. Who to tell. Often, co-workers are close friends so women are most likely share their pregnancy news with them first – or with social media. However, it would be best to share your pregnancy news with your direct supervisor or human resources first. Which leads us to best practices on how to tell your employer you are pregnant.

4. How to tell. Face-to-face is the best way to tell your employer. This enables you to gauge her reaction and give you an insight into how she and/or the company may feel about pregnant employees, maternity leave, and accommodating working parents. If you are concerned about your direct supervisor’s reaction, consider sharing the news with HR first or requesting a meeting with HR, you and your supervisor.

5. What to say. The initial announcement should be brief to share that you are pregnant and the baby’s due date. Don’t overshare about the details – save those for your personal friends over lunch or dinner. You may want to assure your employer that you have given this much thought but all of the logistics (like this maternity leave plan) can be worked out in the coming months. Don’t lock yourself into any promises or commitments early on (i.e. Do not say: “I plan to work right up until my due date,” or, “I will only need six weeks off.”) because you won’t know details until you and your doctor discuss your medical needs in the coming months.

6. Email Follow Up. It’s always good to have an electronic record of the date and nature of your conversation. The face-to-face should be followed up with a simple email the same day: “Susan, Thanks for your time today so I could share my pregnancy announcement with you. The baby’s due date is… I look forward to working out the logistics for my leave in the coming months.”

With a little advance planning, telling your boss that you are pregnant can be a simple and positive experience. If you are pregnant and unsure of your pregnancy decision, the client advocates at Support Circle can listen and help you make a decision that is in line with your values. We can also help prepare for your conversation with your employer by helping you to talk it through and role play.

To schedule an appointment at one of our three Bay Area clinics, call 888-252-1822 or visit: supportcircle.org/today.

 

Helpful Links
Overcoming Anxiety

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Reference Links
Dept. of Labor. Federal Law on Maternity Leave

California Legislature. California Law on Paid Maternity Leave 

Fairy God Boss. How to Create a Maternity Leave Plan

 

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Pregnancy and STD’s, STI’s

STIs, STDs and Pregnancy

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are not fun or easy to talk about. It can be embarrassing to talk about STIs or STDs, but they are more common than you might realize. And, when it comes to pregnancy and STIs and STDs, it is best to learn about how to protect yourself from and treat STIs and STDs.

Pregnancy and STIs STDsSTIs and STDs are infections that are spread by having sex with someone that has a sexually transmitted infection. This could include oral, vaginal or anal intercourse. While STIs are common among men and women who are sexually active, many people do not know they have been infected. Some women may not find out that they have an STI until their first prenatal appointment when pregnant. Prenatal STI screening is standard because it is best to find out about an STI early in your pregnancy.

How do I know if I have an STI or STD?
At the first prenatal appointment, many women are tested (screened) for STIs including: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Testing may be done through blood tests, vaginal swabs and urine tests. If you suspect you might have an STI/STD, you should ask for testing. Testing is routinely done on pregnant women who are less than 25 years of age as well as those women that have new or multiple sexual partners, have a sexual partner that has other partners, past or current needle drug users, not in a monogamous relationship, no or sporadic condom use, a sexual partner that has an STI, sex workers, exchanging sex for drugs or money, and/or those living in high risk areas.

What happens if I have an STI or STD?
If you test positive, you will be notified by your healthcare professional in several days or about a week. Usually, immediate treatment with antibiotics can clear up an STI. A follow-up test in the third trimester may be performed, depending on your age or risk factors. In the case of HIV, on-going treatment for you and your baby will be required. With all STIs, the sooner treatment is started, the sooner the infection can be treated and reduce the incidence of passing the STI on to your baby.

Will my pregnancy be affected?
Early testing during the first trimester and follow up testing during the third trimester, as well as treatment if an STI has been detected, will have a major impact on the chance of you and your baby being affected. In most cases, early detection and treatment will resolve any potential complications.

If untested and/or untreated, sexually transmitted infections in pregnant women could cause problems during pregnancy such as: preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, and low birth weight. The infant could contract the STI during the pregnancy, during vaginal delivery, or after birth through breastfeeding, such in the case of HIV. Some STIs could have lifelong implications for your child. For these reasons, we strongly encourage women to have STI testing early in their pregnancy and to follow recommended treatment protocol(s).

Women who want to know more about STIs/STDs in pregnancy are welcome to talk to the team at Support Circle. Our caring staff will maintain your confidentiality while addressing your most pressing questions and can provide a list of clinics that provide STI/STD testing. We have three Bay Area clinics in San Francisco, Oakland and Redwood City for your convenience. Call or walk-in today.

Links
Am I Pregnant?
Pregnancy and HIV
Talk to a Nurse

 

References
1. https://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/stdfact-pregnancy-detailed.htm
2. http://www.webmd.com/baby/pregnancy-sexually-transmitted-diseases

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HIV and Pregnancy

HIV and Pregnancy

From the early days of the community learning about HIV, there have been a lot of questions and misconceptions about HIV. There have also been many advancements in the understanding of HIV and pregnancy. To understand how HIV affects pregnant women and their unborn child, it is important to understand what HIV is and how it can be contracted.

So, what is HIV? HIV stands for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus.” Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that damages the immune system over time and is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Our immune systems work on our behalf to keep us healthy and fight off infections. Many people with HIV do not know that they have HIV because they feel and appear healthy. They can infect others without even knowing it. While there is no known cure for HIV or AIDS, there are many treatments and trials that provide a better quality of life and, in some cases, extend the lives of those diagnosed with either HIV or AIDS.

Let’s talk about how you DON’T get HIV. You don’t get HIV from touching, hugging, or being around a person with HIV. You can’t get HIV from bug bites or mosquitos. You can’t get HIV from kissing unless one of you has an open sore or cut in/outside the mouth. You can’t get HIV from giving blood. HIV is not transmitted through saliva.

Now, how CAN you contract HIV? HIV is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids including semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. Basically, there has to be a way for the HIV virus to exit the infected person and an entry for the HIV virus to enter your body. The three most common ways to contract HIV is through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, and from mother to infant.

How do I know if I have HIV? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that women who may become pregnant, or who are pregnant, have an HIV test as soon as possible. If you are already pregnant, you may request an HIV test at any time during your pregnancy, usually at the first prenatal appointment. The earlier, the better to reduce the chance of mother to baby transmission.

If you test HIV-negative and have unprotected sex or share needles, you should be tested again during the pregnancy. You should ask to be tested again in your third trimester as sometimes it takes time for the virus to be present in blood tests. It is a good idea to be tested because you could have been exposed to HIV through unprotected sex, without knowing it and even without your partner knowing it. If you share needles, you may also be at higher risk of contracting HIV so a repeat HIV test is recommended.

Will my baby have HIV if I am HIV positive? If you discover that you are HIV positive during pregnancy, meet with your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options. You should begin treatment immediately and MUST follow your recommended treatment protocol during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and breastfeeding (and beyond) to reduce the possibility of passing HIV on to the baby. It is possible to deliver a baby that is not HIV positive. The earlier you begin antiviral treatment, the better the chances that your baby will not be HIV positive. If you test HIV positive, your newborn MUST take an antiviral treatment protocol to reduce the baby’s chances of becoming infected with HIV.

Most women that are HIV positive have their babies delivered through caesarean section (C-section). However, some women that are HIV positive can have vaginal deliveries if they have a low viral load (low level or undetectable HIV in blood).

In resource-rich countries, such as the United States, women that are HIV positive are strongly advised to use baby formula to feed their infants. Baby formula is the safest feeding method for infants born to HIV positive mothers. However, if you do not have access to baby formula, sterile bottles and clean water daily, breastfeeding may be your only option. In this case, it is even more important for you to continue to take your treatment protocol daily and for your baby to take her treatment protocol as well. Even if the mother and baby are both on antiviral medications, there is still a chance of passing HIV on to the infant through breast milk.

Thanks to research, education, and improved treatments, many people with HIV live long, healthy lives. As with most illnesses, prevention, early detection and strict adherence to treatment protocols can lead to favorable outcomes. If you think you might have been exposed to HIV or would like to learn more about HIV and pregnancy, contact one of our Bay Area pregnancy clinics. Our caring and supportive nurses and patient advocates are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.

 

Links:

Pregnancy Symptoms

 

References:

  1. http://sfaf.org/hiv-info/basics/how-is-hiv-transmitted.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
  1. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/pregnantwomen/
  1. https://www.avert.org/learn-share/hiv-fact-sheets/pregnancy

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How do I tell my parents I am pregnant?

How Do I Tell My Parents I am Pregnant?

Are you feeling nervous, unprepared, or afraid of telling your parents that you are pregnant? It’s easy to share news we know for sure our parents will be excited about. But other times, we are not sure how they will take what we have to share. Telling parents that you are in an unplanned pregnancy brings its own range of angst. Here are nine areas to think about when preparing to tell your parents that you are pregnant.

Get the Facts

Before you tell your parents and before you get too stressed out, confirm that you are pregnant. The nurses at Support Circle can perform a pregnancy test for you to confirm the results of a home pregnancy test that you may have purchased at a CVS pharmacy or a Walgreens pharmacy.

If it turns out that you are not pregnant, you won’t have to have this difficult conversation with your parents. If you plan to remain sexually active, selecting a reliable birth control plan can help you to avoid facing an unplanned pregnancy. If you are pregnant, a Support Circle nurse can perform a free ultrasound that will tell you how far along you are and can determine if the fetus is viable. If the fetus is not viable, it will drastically change your decision making process and what conversation, if any, you might decide to have with your parents.

Know Your Parents

Think back to how your parents react to sudden news. Are they calm and rational? Do they freak out and then calm down and think it through? How your parents react will be determined by their personalities and also by factors including these questions you should answer ahead of time: Are they aware that you are dating? Do they know you have been sexually active? How old are you? Do they perceive you to be mature for your age? Are you in school, working or both? What expectations do they have for you? What are their values regarding dating and sex? Have your parents experienced an unplanned pregnancy? Knowing what to expect from your parents can help you to prepare for their reaction. Ultimately, you will not know how your parents will react until you tell them. The next steps will help you to prepare to tell your parents you are pregnant.

Expert Support

What do you want to do about your pregnancy? In your perfect world, would you want to abort, place for adoption or parent? Regardless of your decision, you should talk to a professional pregnancy counselor because she can help you to determine your next steps. Pregnancy counselors have the knowledge of and access to community resources that you may need. They have lots of experience and can answer your questions. Caring counselors are able to give you the emotional support you need to make your best decision and throughout your pregnancy and beyond. If you decide you want to talk to your parents, a counselor can help you to role play the conversation and create a plan for how to discuss different topics with them. Many women have found this to be very helpful prior to approaching their parents.

A Support System

You will need support from those closest to you. It will help to have someone in your life that you can talk to. Someone who can help you to process your thoughts, values, emotions, and options. Often, a wise support person may be a close family friend, school counselor, favorite teacher, aunt or uncle.

Make a Plan

Having a plan for your next steps, based on your pregnancy decision, will show your parents that you have given this thought. If you are younger, it will help them to see that you have begun to take a mature approach to your pregnancy. You do not have to have every area outlined or thought out – they can help with that. A trusted advisor or pregnancy counselor can help you to lay out a plan based on your decision. It would also be a good idea to have a plan ready in case your parents request that you leave your home or emergency shelter if your home becomes a dangerous place for you.

Bring a Friend

Ideally, you and your boyfriend or girlfriend should tell your parents together. Sometimes, that is not possible. The next best option is to bring a friend. If you are concerned about your parents’ reaction or need help telling them, it might be wise to bring a friend. The person you selected as part of your support system might be a good choice. If you are concerned about your safety, having a friend present could help to diffuse the situation. Or, you could meet with your parents in a counselor’s office. A professional pregnancy counselor can address your parents’ questions and concerns as well as provide valuable resources for your family.

The Best Time

There really is no “best time” to tell your parents about your unplanned pregnancy. However, there are “better times.” Right after work, as soon as your parents walk in the door is not the best time. A better time would be after dinner or after a younger sibling has gone to bed. Consider your parents’ schedules and select a time when they will be most relaxed and receptive to a conversation.

What to Say

Your plan will help you to know what you need to share with your parents. For example, if you are younger, or still under their medical insurance, you may need their consent for medication or procedures, or help navigating medical bills. Do you need a ride to/from medical appointments or financial support? A clear and concise: “Mom, Dad, I’m pregnant,” will certainly get the conversation rolling. Chances are, your parents will do much of the talking and asking questions after an opening line like above.

Give it Time

This is life-changing news. It took you some time to come to terms with your pregnancy. Allow your parents time to process this information and come to terms with your pregnancy as well. Just as you went through a range of emotions, your parents may as well. They have to grieve the expectations and plans they had envisioned for you and accept the new reality. Be patient.

What you do with your pregnancy is your decision to make. Hopefully, your parents will support you in your decision. If not, we hope the tips shared above will help you to have a plan and support system in place.

The caring and supportive nurses and counselors at Support Circle are available to help you with pregnancy testing, counseling during your decision process and on-going counseling and support for the coming year after your decision. We have three locations in the Bay Area including Redwood City, San Francisco and Oakland that offer services free of charge. You do not have to walk through this journey alone. Connect with us today and let us help you find the information you are looking for.

 

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