Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Struggling from a past abortion?  Want to start Living in Colour?

For the woman who is experiencing emotional distress after an abortion, the Centre offers one-on-one peer counseling through our Living in Colour Program.  This may also be offered in a group setting.  Many women, even decades following an abortion, find themselves needing help to heal and move forward.  Living in Colour will guide them through this process.  This support is offered by a peer counselor and not intended as a substitute for professional counseling.


I think I might be pregnant. What should I do?

Taking a pregnancy test can be an overwhelming experience.  You can come and obtain a reliable, free & confidential pregnancy test, with the result available in minutes. Our tests can detect pregnancy 10-14 days after conception and are 99% accurate. Our Centre is a friendly, safe, home-like place where you will meet a trained peer counselor who will assist you to perform your own pregnancy test. She will talk to you about your individual situation and explore all your options. You might be pregnant if:

  • You have missed one or more menstrual periods
  • Your breasts are swollen and/or tender
  • You are nauseated or have had a change in appetite
  • You are tired or dizzy
  • You have to urinate more often
  • You have recently gained or lost weight

I think I need an abortion. Is this the best option?

If you are thinking about abortion we are an important first step in your journey for information. Abortion is a legal option in Canada and thousands are performed each year. However, like every medical procedure, there are risks you need to be aware of before making
your decision.


Possible Physical Risks:
  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Damage to the cervix or uterus
  • Increased risk of infertility
  • Increased risk of future miscarriage
  • Increased risk of premature births
Possible Emotional Risks:

Some women feel immediate relief after the abortion while others have negative emotions
immediately or years later.  Our trained peer support workers will help you work through your decision. Regardless of the
outcome, we will be here to support you.


Post-Abortion Support – Living in Colour

For the woman who is experiencing emotional distress after an abortion, the Centre offers one-on-one peer counseling through our Living in Colour Program.  This may also be offered in a group setting.  Many women, even decades following an abortion, find themselves needing help to heal and move forward.  Living in Colour will guide them through this process.  This support is offered by a peer counselor and not intended as a substitute for professional counseling.

All services are free and confidential.
Call 759-9100 to book an appointment or email us from the contact page.

Is Adoption an Option for Me?

You are pregnant unexpectedly and feel that you are unable to parent at the present time. You may feel that you are not emotionally or financially able at the present time.

Many women choose the adoption option.  Here are some of the reasons they tell us:

  • I want my child to have a mom and a dad
  • I am too young and can’t take care of a baby yet
  • I am not ready to parent right now
  • I have dreams and things I want to accomplish before I start a family
  • I don’t have the resources needed to be a good parent
  • I want my child to have all the things he needs in life that I can’t provide now

The thought of planning an adoption for your baby may be very scary. Our support workers will walk with you throughout your journey.  The decision to make an adoption plan can be made at anytime during your pregnancy or after the baby is born. We provide information on open and closed adoptions, referrals to other agencies and support.

You may be asking yourself if you can handle this emotionally. It is a very difficult choice. You will experience many emotions and question whether you are making the right decision. We recognize the importance of having someone to help you through this process and we will be there with you. Our support workers will help you with this grieving process and provide the encouragement to pursue
your goals.