Many of the women who walk through our doors are college students from Appalachian State University, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, and Lees-McRae College. Finding out you are pregnant while still in college can feel pretty overwhelming.
At Hope, our consultants are here to walk you through the process of coming up with a plan one step at a time. It’s normal to feel torn between your options and to struggle to figure out how you want to continue with your pregnancy. A Hope consultant won’t persuade you to make a certain decision about your pregnancy, but she will pay attention to your thoughts and emotions regarding each option and reflect back to you what she hears. Sometimes, it can be helpful to hear yourself without all of the extra noise of what other people or your circumstances are telling you.
A Hope consultant can help you focus and identify themes that continue to come up in while you sort through this challenging decision. Hope offers a warm, safe, and judgment-free environment. Our caring and compassionate staff is here to join you in your decision-making journey.
There are three options for any pregnancy: parenting, abortion and adoption. A Hope consultant will listen and help you as you think through any of these options as you are making your decision and then offer you the support and resources you need afterwards.
Consulting for Unplanned Pregnancy in College
Some women tell us that it feels like their education and career dreams are over or severely altered by their unplanned pregnancy. Maybe you are living on-campus and away from your primary support system. Maybe you live at home and are commuting to school, but you still feel alone because you’re scared to tell your parent(s) or guardian(s).
Many women tell us that their biggest fear is disappointing the people closest to them that have believed in them and provided for them, such as parents and siblings. This might feel especially true while in college and pursuing the dreams that your loved ones have encouraged and supported you in chasing.
There are a lot of things to think about when facing an unplanned pregnancy. At times, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our Hope consultants specialize in helping you, a college student, process your feelings and help you form a plan to move forward.
Take Your Time
Remember, you don’t have to figure out everything today. Take a moment to consider one step that you can take today that can help you form your plan or make your decision. Maybe your first step is just coming to terms with your feelings about this pregnancy. Maybe it’s telling your significant other or the father of your child. Whatever it might be today, it’s important to us at Hope that you don’t feel alone in this process. We are here to support you and to assist you in coming up with a plan that you can feel confident about.
How We Help
Hope has trained professional nurses that can perform a free pregnancy test for you that is 97-99% accurate 2 weeks after a missed period. Your Hope consultant will help you sort through your feelings about your pregnancy and help you identify practical, emotional and spiritual supports for yourself as you move forward in your pregnancy decision. She can assist you in preparing yourself for some of the conversations that feel scary or particularly intimidating such as telling your parents or your partner. Hope wants to help you during this vulnerable time and – most of all – for you to know you are not alone.
Sometimes it can feel like you are the only one going through a pregnancy while in college. It is hard to feel isolated. That’s why we have the Moms on Campus (MOC) support group where you can meet other women going through some of the same things you are facing. When you are surrounded by other women in similar situations, it can help alleviate those feelings of isolation. At MOC, women support, inspire, and encourage each other to continue to reach their goals and dreams.