The United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world. Having a pregnancy, especially an unwanted pregnancy, can be difficult. Your church might consider running a pregnancy crisis center at which you provide compassionate and loving guidance for women facing unexpected pregnancies.
Through this ministry you may be able to touch struggling young women in your community and help them answer tough questions, such as:
- Am I sure I’m pregnant?
- What about money?
- How will I tell my parents?
- What about medical expenses?
- Where will I live?
- Can I finish school?
- Can I keep my job?
- What about adoption?
Services offered by a pregnancy crisis center may include the following.
- Free pregnancy tests (anonymity here is especially important)
- Donation of items needed during pregnancy (maternity clothes, vitamins, slippers)
- Pregnancy education: proper eating and sleeping habits, behaviors to avoid, what to expect in each trimester
- Birthing classes
- Food and clothing pantry with items geared especially toward expecting and new moms
- Abortion alternative education: make sure they know all their options, but don’t push
- Post-abortion counseling: sympathy, kindness, and understanding are key in counseling those who regret their decisions
- Referrals to local medical, adoption, legal, and housing assistance facilities