Pregnancy Help When you're faced with an unexpected or difficult pregnancy, it's easy to feel isolated. Sometimes abortion feels like the only choice possible. Thankfully, there's a local support network of people who are ready to extend concrete, practical help to women in difficult pregnancy situations.
There is also online information about pregnancy, a baby's development within the womb, and options for dealing with difficult or crisis pregnancies
Pregnancy Crisis Centres
Online Pregnancy Information
Pregnancy Crisis Centre
||Stand Up Girl - Website & Forum|
|Pregnancy Care Centre||Fetal Development Information|
|"My Story" - An Edmonton Woman and an Unexpected Pregnancy|
|Other Centres in Alberta||
For Parents Facing a Difficult Diagnosis
|The Back Porch Project||
MOTHERISK - Treating the Mother,
Protecting the Unborn
There are two main pregnancy crisis centres in Edmonton, the Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre and the Pregnancy Care Centre. They offer many of the same services, and will refer you to other services/organizations as your situation calls for. The local pregnancy crisis centres are not medical clinics, though they can do simple pregnancy tests.
Follow the links below for details about the services they offer.
202-12212 Jasper Avenue
The Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre is an initiative of Catholic volunteers, but serves people of all faiths. Their policy is only to present religious information if you ask for it.
317, 10707 - 100 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 3M1
The Pregnancy Care Centre is an initiative of Protestant Christian volunteers. Volunteers may share information about their Christian faith, but their services are open to people of all faiths regardless.
Need to talk to someone right now? Even if it's the middle of the night, there's a volunteer standing by at this toll-free number.
Edmonton isn't the only place in Alberta with pregnancy crisis centres. See this list from Alberta Prolife for addresses and contact information for centres across Alberta.
The Back Porch Project is ALIES's special outreach to abortion-considering women and men. Right across the street from the Morgentaler Abortion Clinic, the Back Porch has information about alternatives to abortion. See further information here.
Looking for some on-line support? Check out Stand Up Girl, a website and community for young women facing an unexpected pregnancy.
The site includes lots of useful pregnancy information, including a beautiful full-colour guide to a baby's development and forums where you can talk with other women who've been where you're going through.
JustTheFacts.Org - There are many internet sites devoted to educating the public about fetal development and pre-natal life, but this is by far the best. ‘Just the Facts’ originated as an educational program for the Irish schools, but has expanded into an educational website for the whole world.
The website itself is very professional looking, easy to navigate, and chock full of interesting information, pregnancy timelines, and beautiful pictures.
3D/4D Ultrasound Pictures - Amazing ultrasound pictures and videos of the unborn child. (N.B. For readers as confused as I was at first: Very few sites explain what 4-D means, so I will. It's 3D imagery in motion, that is over a period of time. The Fourth Dimension is time.)
In The Womb - National Geographic's site for its groundbreaking documentary about life before birth. With clips from the documentary, pictures of life in the womb, and articles about the advances in understanding pre-natal life. (The full DVD can be borrowed from Edmonton Prolife.)
An Edmonton woman tells her story of overcoming the challenges that came with an unexpected pregnancy. Read it here. Originally written for Edmonton Prolife's newsletter.
Benotafraid.net is an online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. The family stories, articles, and links within this site are presented as a resource for those who may have been asked to choose between terminating a pregnancy or continuing on despite the diagnosis.
Motherisk is a resource created by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It provides information for pregnant and breastfeeding women on the relative risks and effects associated with medications, drugs, alcohol, nutritional supplements etc. It also has information on the effects of various diseases and conditions on pregnancy.Send mail to email@example.com with questions or comments.
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