Unplanned Pregnancy?An unplanned or unwanted pregnancy forces women to make choices, often the most difficult choices they ever make. This website is designed to provide you with information on the three choices you have: abortion, adoption, and having and raising a child.
ABORTIONTermination of a pregnancy, or abortion, is a choice that many college women make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. However, it certainly is not the choice for everyone.
Women under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or judge to have an abortion in North Carolina. State law requires women receive pre-abortion counseling. There is a waiting period of 72 hours after the counseling session before an abortion can be performed.
The law requires doctors who perform an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy must send the NC Department of Health and Human Services the method used to determine the probable gestational age of the fetus and an ultrasound of the fetus. This law took effect January 1, 2016.Women in our area now have the choice of a medical (non-surgical, using medication taken orally or vaginally) abortion or surgical (using vacuum aspiration) abortion, depending on how far along they are in their pregnancy. Some later term abortions use additional methods to terminate a pregnancy. Abortions typically cost between $300 and $600. If you have health insurance, check with your insurance provider to see if abortion is covered. Some plans require women to “opt” in for abortion coverage. If you need assistance finding an abortion provider, please call NARAL NC at (919) 706-4510. When you call a clinic or doctor's office for an appointment, ask the following questions:
- What are your fees?
- Do you offer a student discount?
- Do I need to pay in cash?
- May I bring a friend with me?
- Do you offer contraception?
- How long should I be at the clinic before my appointment?
- Will the procedure require more than one clinic visit in addition to counseling?
Medical and Surgical ProvidersCarolina Woman Care 336-632-9999 Private Doctor's Office, High Point NC Surgical abortions up to 15 weeks Planned Parenthood 336-768-2980 Winston-Salem Medical abortion up to 9 weeks and surgical abortions up to 14 weeks Financial assistance available A Preferred Woman’s Health Center Raleigh and Charlotte 1-888-562-7415 Free walk in pregnancy testing Abortions up to 19 weeks and 6 days Student and Military discounts with proper ID Open Monday-Saturday early morning & early afternoon www.apwnc.com After Abortion Talk Line 1-866-4EXHALE www.4exhale.org Monday –Friday 8 pm to 1 am (EST); Saturday and Sunday 3 pm to 1 am (EST) A safe place to call and receive confidential emotional support after an abortion.
There are a number of adoption agencies in our area that can help you with the expense of your pregnancy and legal fees in placing your child in an adoptive home. The most common types of adoption are open and closed adoptions. In an open adoption, you select the adoptive parents and may elect to have an ongoing relationship with your child. In a closed adoption, you do not know the adoptive parents and they don’t know you.
Family Services Of Winston Salem 336-722-8173
Family Services has been helping individuals who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy for over 70 years. We offer non-judgmental support and information about options. Family Services is a licensed adoption agency; therefore, a good resource for answering questions regarding a possible adoption plan Ongoing counseling is offered regardless of a chosen option. We are located in Winston Salem; however, Pregnancy Counseling services can be provided off site and at a convenient location for the client. There are no out of pocket costs to these clients. Family Services of Winston Salem can be reached at Family Services has been helping individuals who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy for over 70 years. We offer non-judgmental support and information about options. Family Services is a licensed adoption agency; therefore, a good resource for answering questions regarding a possible adoption plan Ongoing counseling is offered regardless of a chosen option. We are located in Winston Salem; however, Pregnancy Counseling services can be provided off site and at a convenient location for the client. There are no out of pocket costs to these clients.The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina 1-800-632-1400 AGAPE of North Carolina 1-800-330-9449 Guilford County Social Services - Adoption 336-641-3760
Having and Raising a Baby
If you choose to have and raise your child, there are many services in Guilford County to assist you, especially during your pregnancy and the child’s first 3 months of life. The following is a list of services to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.
The Center for Women's Health Care at Women's Hospital
The Center for Women's Health Care at Women's Hospital provides reproductive health care and oby/gyn services to women on a sliding fee scale. Call 832-4777 to make an appointment.
Pregnant with no health insurance?The Health Department provides prenatal care, annual exams, and STD testing on a sliding scale for women who do not have Medicaid. If you are a US citizen and can provide proof of income, consider applying for Medicaid for Pregnant Women. You may apply at Guilford County Social Services, 1203 Maple Street in Greensboro in Greensboro. Call 641-3000 for more information. You must apply in person and bring the following information with you:
- proof of pregnancy
- expected date of delivery
- social security card
- proof of income
- birth certificate
Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center 336-274-4881Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center is not a medical facility, though many of their volunteers are registered nurses and certified ultrasound technicians. The Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center does not perform or refer for abortions.This Christian organization can provide community referrals, maternity and baby clothing, and baby furniture to clients.
Greensboro Nurse-Family Partnership 336-369-5081
Helping First Time Parents SucceedAccepts referrals on a continual basis due to families graduating from the program on their child’s 2nd birthday. Visits During Prenatal Care
- Ideally, visits begin early in the second trimester (14-16 weeks gestation)
- Visits are weekly for the first month after enrollment and then every other week until your baby is born.
- Weekly for the first six weeks
- Twice per month until your child reaches 20 months
- Monthly until your child reaches two years old