Pregnancy tests are done free of charge at the Health Unit. After filling in a chart, it takes about 5 minutes to get the result. The test strip is accurate very early on, so a woman can come in as soon as she misses a period.
Pregnant…What Are Your Choices?
A planned pregnancy can bring a great deal of excitement and joy. However, an unplanned pregnancy can bring mixed emotions. This can be a very confusing time for you. A pregnant woman needs to carefully consider her choices before making any decision about her pregnancy. Your decisions will affect the rest of your life.
There are three options for a pregnant woman:
- becoming a mother
Becoming a Mother
If you have decided to continue with your pregnancy, good prenatal care is important. Doctors and nurses are able to advise you on prenatal care and prenatal classes. There are agencies and groups in the community to help you after the baby is born. Financial assistance may be obtained through your local social assistance program.
For a woman who has given birth and then changes her mind, adoption is still a choice.
Adoption is a choice for a woman who is not comfortable with having an abortion and is not ready to become a parent. If you choose adoption, good prenatal care is important. See your doctor as early as possible. The Children's Aid Society or a private licensed adoption agency can arrange a legal adoption for you. In most situations a woman can have a say in the choice of adoptive parents.
There are special homes and agencies to help a woman who cannot remain with her family and wants help to continue with her pregnancy.
Go to our full section covering all aspects of Pregancy.