While the majority of women will not need to talk to a counsellor in order to make a decision regarding unplanned pregnancy, some women find this support helpful.
It is important to be aware that around Australia, some pregnancy counselling services advertise as all-options when they are in fact run on an anti-abortion bias. More information on this issue is available here.
For a woman considering an abortion, speaking to an anti-choice counsellor can be very distressing. If you're looking for a genuine all-options pregnancy counselling service, see the list below. If you'd like any more info on this issue please contact us.
If you or the woman you're supporting has already decided to proceed with an abortion and does not want counselling, no requirement is in place in most states of Australia for pre-abortion counselling.
Genuine all-options pregnancy support services
Few specialised all options pregnancy counselling services exist in Australia. In 2014, a group of professionals working in this area formed the National Alliance of Abortion and Pregnancy Options Counsellors (NAAPOC). Children by Choice is a founding member of the Alliance, as are the services listed below. If you are interested in finding out more about NAAPOC or in your service becoming a member, contact us.
While other all options services or individual practitioners may exist, we refer to the following services as due to our close working relationships with these services as part of NAAPOC, we are confident of their pro-choice and woman-centred framework:
Marie Stopes is an abortion and contraceptive services provider with clinics across several states and territories of Australia; however, they also provide decision-making counselling via telephone across the country from their Melbourne call centre. Their counselling team is separate from their abortion provision arm.
Phone 1300 003 707.
The Pregnancy Advisory Service at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne provides pregnancy options counselling and support by phone and by face to face appointments with professional counsellors and social workers, as well as being Victoria’s largest public hospital provider of abortions.
Phone 03 8345 3061 (for professionals).
Phone 03 8345 3063 (for patients and clients).
The Pregnancy Advisory Centre is part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network run by the South Australian Health Department. It is a public service which provides all options counselling and support, as well as being the largest public provider of pregnancy termination in SA.
Phone 1800 672 966 or 08 8243 3999.
Sexual health and family planning services in each state and territory should be able to provide comprehensive referral and information on all pregnancy options, including abortion, adoption and parenting.
State and territory services are listed on the website of the Family Planning Alliance Australia.