Mothers urged to make the right choice

2019-02-14 06:01

With many babies found dumped in the Helderberg in recent times, it is important for expectant women facing crisis pregnancies to know which options and support are available. Jamey Gordon spoke to a counsellor at Choices Crisis Pregnancy to find out more.

) What do you advise women facing crisis pregnancies to do in such a situation?

Women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy can approach Choices, a pro-women organisation, for free counselling. The counsellors are trained to listen and provide accurate information on the different options available, so the women concerned are able to make an informed decision about their future actions.

) What are their options?

The options are to give birth and parent, to release the baby for adoption or to choose to terminate the pregnancy.

) What support is available to these women?

If the woman chooses to parent, Choices is able to provide support and provide a gift bag with some of the items required after the baby is born. Support of partners, family, local clinics and hospitals are encouraged throughout the pregnancy. If the woman chooses to release the baby for adoption, Choices offers support by referral to a local adoption agency. If termination of pregnancy is the preferred option, the woman is referred to a local government hospital for the procedure. Choices also offers post-abortion counselling.

) Any words of wisdom for those facing a crisis pregnancy?

Choices is available and prepared to provide one-on-one confidential counselling for any woman who finds herself in a crisis pregnancy situation. The intention is always to assist the woman in reaching an informed decision, to assist her in moving forward by making the best personal decision, based on the information available to her. Helderberg Hospital refers patients to Choices for pre-termination counselling.

V Choices Crisis Pregnancy Centre, in Schapenberg Road, Somerset West, hosts the Helderberg Baby Saver, a special safe built into one of its walls, where mothers who feel abandonment is their only option can place their unwanted baby. When the baby is placed inside a silent alarm is triggered, and the baby is collected by an appointed respondent. The baby is taken to hospital and adoption arranged. The idea for the saver came four years ago, following two incidents of babies found abandoned in Somerset West. Since its inception, four babies have been given a chance at life.

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