Your Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m pregnant?
The best way to know if you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. You can take a home pregnancy test or come in for a free pregnancy test at Lifeline Family Center. There are some common signs that might help you know if you are pregnant. Remember, every woman is different and symptoms vary or look different for each individual and each pregnancy.
- More than a couple of weeks late on your period
- Slight spotting and cramping
- Tenderness or soreness in the breasts
- Morning sickness or nausea
- Frequent urination
- Headaches and back pain
- Dizziness and fainting
What should I do? I’m homeless and pregnant.
- There is help! Lifeline Family Center’s residential program is available to pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 25 years of age. If you are not in this age range, there are resources we can connect you with to support you andyour baby. We would like to speak to you, understand exactly what you need, and connect you to help.There is always a way. Please contact us for further assistance at 239.242.7238 or 239-772-HOPE or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What options do I have if I’m pregnant?
- Becoming a parent is a big step. You might be thinking, “How can I afford a baby?” or, “Will I be able to stay in school?” People come up with many creative ways to be a parent and still achieve their dreams. Lifeline Family Center can help you explore your options! You can achieve your goals and be a parent. For more information, click here.
- Adoption is not what it used to be. You can Choose Life and make an adoption plan for your baby if you decide you are not ready or able to parent right now. You candecide how much or how little you want to be involved. You can choose parents for your baby and ensure a future for your baby. Everyone woman’s situation is different. For more information, click here.
- If you are considering abortion,you need to know all the facts and risks. Abortion is a medical procedure removing the fetus or embryo from the womb before it can survive on its own and terminates the pregnancy. Abortion can be performed with strong medication or by surgery. Although abortion may seem to have the quickest immediate outcome, it could have lasting emotional and physical effects. For more information, click here.
Who can help me make my decision?
- This is one of the most important decisions of your life and Lifeline Family Center is here to help you weigh your options. Our caring and trained counselors are aware of the fear and confusion you may be facing. Call (239)242-7238 or walk-in for a free and confidential appointment.
I want to keep my baby, what do I do now?
- No one can force you to have an abortion.
- No one can force you to place your baby for adoption.
- These are your decisions and Lifeline Family Center is here to help you. Call us for an appointment (239)242-7238.
What do I do if I can’t tell any of my family members that I’m pregnant?
- If you need help breaking the news to your parents, contact a trained counselor at Lifeline Family Center. We can talk about it and develop a comfortable plan with you. A trained lifeline counselor can come beside you and help you tell your parents, give them information, and discuss the realities of your situation.
- Talking about your options is not easy, especially if they are not what you had in mind. Some families need the help of a counselor to talk about this difficult and complicated situation in a way that lets everyone be respected and heard.
- You know your parents and you know your situation. If you need to tell your parents you are pregnant but think they might react in a way that could hurt you, have someone else with you when you tell them. If you are concerned about your safety, get advice from a trusted source. Lifeline Family Center will walk you through this journey.
- understand your choices and explore your options. Whatever you decide, it needs to be what you want, not what someone else wants you to do.
What if someone is forcing me to have an abortion?
- Stand your ground. No one can force you to have an abortion.
- Seek legal help when necessary.Lifeline can point you in the right direction.
- Find emotional, spiritual, and material help. Contact Lifeline Family Center and our trained staff will come along side you.
- Know the facts so you can stand with confidence for what you want. Contact Lifeline Family Center, our trained staff can help steer you in the right direction.
What are my rights as a minor if I’m pregnant?
- A pregnant teen can make her own decisions regarding her pregnancy. However, she is not legally emancipated, and her parents /guardians still have 100% legal authority over her, but not her pregnancy or her child. See Florida Statute 643.065 on Emancipation or contact Lifeline Family Center for additional support.
How do I tell my parents I’m pregnant?
- Think it through. Talk to a counselor and make a plan.
- Set up a follow up appointment with a counselor for after you speak with your parents.
- Choose the right time.
- Keep calm. stick to the facts.
- Be prepared for your parents’ reaction. Listen and understand your parents’ side
- Give your parents time to respond without interrupting.
- Tell them how you feel.
- If you need help, call us and a trained staff member or counselor can come with you.
- In case of any emergency, call 911.
What is prenatal care?
- Prenatal care is preventive healthcare during your pregnancy. You will need regular medical check-ups to keep you and the baby healthy and prevent potential health problems. While pregnant, you will take recommended prenatal vitamins, eat a healthy, nourishing diet, drink a lot of water, and exercise.
Have more questions? We are here for you. Contact us today!