Options, You are not alone

You are not alone:

Here are your choices if you are pregnant

Keeping your baby

If you are a young Mum or Dad it can be a very rewarding experience, but for any parent it can be very demanding! In Bath and North East Somerset, there are services that specifically support young parents, and would support you with being a young Mum and/or Dad.

The Young Parents Projects

'Off the Record' will give information, support and practical assistance for young Mothers and Fathers under the age of 19 who live or study in Bath and North East Somerset. They will also give advice about abortion and post abortion termination counselling. Call 0759 589 5364 or 01225 312 481.

Abortion

A third of women and almost half of teenagers who become pregnant will opt for an abortion. There are two types of abortion, and your choices can be discussed confidentially with your doctor or a trained nurse. It is legal to have an abortion in England within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, if your doctor or nurse agrees that it is the woman's best to interest to end the pregnancy. Most abortions take place in the first 12 weeks. The earlier the abortion the safer it is for the woman.

To find out more about the types of abortion available, read Brook's very up to date webpage.

If you are considering having an abortion it is important to make an appointment with your GP or the Contraceptive and Sexual Health service to discuss your options.

Other services to support you:

Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service booking line:

0845 3008 090.

Brook is another place you can get information and advice from on:

07717 989023

Adoption

If you don't want to become a parent yet or don't want to, or can't have an abortion you might want to consider continuing with the pregnancy and having the baby adopted.

It is really important to make the right decision for you. Talking to your partner, family and friends can help, but they might have different views to you, so it's very important to talk to a sexual health worker, doctor or nurse as well.

For more information on adoption: Brook adoption information.

More information on adoption can be found on the links above or here.