Certain crisis pregnancy counselling and/or information services want to influence your decision.
The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme strongly recommends that women seeking counselling should always visit a recognised and reputable crisis pregnancy counselling service.
Reputable crisis pregnancy services are staffed by counsellors who have the training and skills to help you to explore your feelings about the pregnancy. The counsellor will facilitate and support you to reach your own best decision. The counsellor does not judge or decide for you or try to influence your decision.
Some organisations have a hidden agenda. The service they provide is designed to influence the choice a woman makes and to pressure a woman into doing something she doesn't want to. Once these agencies have been contacted by a client they can seek to delay the counselling process and, in certain cases, show clients inappropriate images or use other tactics in an effort to influence their decision.
An organisation seeking to influence a woman’s decision may use some or all of these tactics however they may try to influence your decision in other ways.
Find out as much information as possible about a pregnancy service before you visit. Check their websites or call to ask them what services they provide.
Is it ok if I bring a friend or family member with me?
Agencies seeking to influence a woman’s decision usually encourage clients to attend alone. Reputable counselling agencies will be happy for you to bring a friend, partner or family member for support, however the counsellor may ask to speak to you on your own for part of the counselling session.
Will I be shown a video as part of the counselling?
To try to influence your decision, some agencies show inappropriate videos containing negative health messages to clients. Trustworthy agencies do not show videos/ DVDs during counselling sessions.
How long will it take to get the results of my pregnancy test?
Results will be available immediately in a reputable agency that provides pregnancy testing.