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Am I Pregnant?

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Maybe you've missed your period or you "feel pregnant". There are many signs of possible pregnancy - including nausea, feeling tired, tenderness of the breasts and frequent urination. However, not everyone experiences these symptoms when pregnant. Due to other health conditions (some serious), it is also possible to miss a period and have symptoms, but NOT be pregnant.

The first step in confirming whether or not you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If the result is positive, an ultrasound exam should then be done to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and to verify the viability of the pregnancy. Aid for Women offers free in-office pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams with immediate results. Whether you are pregnant or not, you will be provided with compassionate care and the help you need.

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Understanding the ultrasound

An amazing 3-D animated look inside the first 9 weeks of pregnancy

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Know Your Options

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I'M PREGNANT.  WHAT NOW?  You have three options.  Parenting, Abortion and Adoption.

Your mind is probably racing with questions, and you may be feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes it can be very difficult to talk to your family,
friends or partner. You may be concerned about your financial situation, lack of health insurance or how this pregnancy will affect your life goals.
It can be difficult to make decisions when you feel like your life is spinning out of control.  Aid for Women is there to help.

It is your decision, so it is important to know all your options and to make a fully informed decision.
Our counselors and client advocates are there to help you assess your situation and figure out what is important to you, to provide accurate information about your options and to support you throughout your pregnancy decision.

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An amazing 3-D animated look inside the first 9 weeks of pregnancy

Video: Nick Cannon featuring Anthony Hamilton

 

 

 

Parenting

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  The choice to parent is a challenging and rewarding decision. Many women would say that an unplanned pregnancy
turned their world upside down, but their children turned it right side up. Parenting is a very courageous and loving choice.

You will not be alone in your decision to parent. Aid for Women can help answer questions like:

How can I afford to have a baby right now?
Where can I find information about insurance, hospitals, and doctors?
How can I continue my education?
How will a pregnancy affect my job?
What resources are available if I choose to raise my child?

We also offer material assistance (maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, baby supplies, etc.)
and support groups for expecting moms and new parents. Additionally, we have access to a large
network of local resources - including referrals for healthcare, housing, food, clothing and employment.

If your current life circumstances are making a decision to parent difficult, let Aid for Women offer you our assistance
and support. We will help you during your pregnancy and in planning a future for yourself and your child. Aid for Women
cares about you and your baby and will help you find the courage and resources you need to parent your child.

Abortion  |  Adoption

Abortion

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It is important to understand the different abortion procedures and the risks and side effects.

  • Surgical and Chemical Abortion Procedures  The types of abortion procedures available to you are based on your stage of pregnancy....more
  • Possible Physical Risks of Abortion  Include abdominal pain, heaving bleeding, perforation of the uterus....more
  • Possible Emotional and Psychological Effects of Abortion  Include feelings of regret, insomnia or nightmares, depression....more

It may seem like having an abortion is the easy solution to an unplanned pregnancy, and you can just move on. It's not that simple. Abortion is not a simple medical procedure without several possible risks and side effects. It can be a life-changing event with significant physical and emotional consequences. Many woman who have had past abortions continue to struggle with their abortion experience and wish they had been better informed about abortion procedures and the risks and side effects.

Aid for Women will provide you with accurate abortion information and answer your questions so that you can make a fully-informed decision.

Parenting | Adoption

Note: Aid for Women provides pregnancy support services and accurate information on all pregnancy options. Aid for Women does not perform or refer for abortions.

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An amazing 3-D animated look inside the first 9 weeks of pregnancy

Video: Nick Cannon featuring Anthony Hamilton

 

Adoption

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Could adoption be a good plan for you and your baby? If the current circumstances in your life make parenting seem too difficult, you may want to consider an adoption plan. Many women consider abortion because they feel that it is not the right time to have a baby. Adoption is a way to give a future to your child. Adoption can both a loving and life-giving choice for the mom, baby and adoptive family.

Some benefits of choosing adoption include:

  • You can pursue education and career goals and plans;
  • You can live independently;
  • You will not have to parent before you are ready;
  • You will have plenty of time to plan your future and your baby's future;
  • You can choose to have continued contact with your child (in open adoption) and know how he or she is growing and developing;
  • You will feel good about your choice.

As with the parenting and abortion options, it is important to understand the adoption option and to make a fully-informed decision. At Aid for Women, you can learn how the adoption process works and clear up any myths you have about adoption.  Adoption has changed drastically over the years. You have many more options in making an adoption plan - For example, you may select the adoptive couple and decide how involved you would like to be in your child's life. You can choose an open, semi-open or confidential adoption plan.

While we do not facilitate adoptions at Aid for Women, you will not be alone in this decision. Our counselors and client advocates will provide you with accurate information and direct you to a licensed adoption agency to learn more about this loving and courageous choice.

Parenting  |  Abortion

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View waiting adoptive families

 

Free Services

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Facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy can feel overwhelming. Aid for Women understands that every women's situation is different and can help. We provide a confidential and comfortable place to discuss your situation with our staff. You will receive the information and services you need to understand your options and make a fully-informed decision. All services are offered FREE OF CHARGE.

PREGNANCY TESTS
The first step is to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. Or perhaps you have taken a home pregnancy test and are unsure of the results. We offer in-office pregnancy tests to give you immediate and accurate results during your visit.

ULTRASOUND EXAMS
Aid for Women offers on-site ultrasound exams to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy and to verify the viability of pregnancy.

CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING
When facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to understand all of your options. Our compassionate staff will discuss your individual situation, provide you with accurate information about your options and support you throughout your pregnancy decision.

CLIENT PROGRAMS
Aid for Women clients are invited to join our programs to receive ongoing support during their pregnancy decision and beyond.  Programs offered include the Earn While You Learn Mentoring Program, Moms-To-Be Support Group and Parenting Support Group.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
Aid for Women operates a residential program in Des Plaines, Illinois, for expectant moms, new moms and their children. Your counselor will help you assess your current living situation and possible options that are available to you during and after your pregnancy.

MEDICAL AND COMMUNITY REFERRALS
Women come to us with many different material, physical and emotional needs - including healthcare, housing, nutrition, employment and help with emotional or relationship issues. Aid for Women has established partnerships with a network of medical and community agencies throughout the Chicago area which allow us to better address and serve the needs of our clients and their families.

Life and Love

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Wicker Park (Thiele Center)  |  1510 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, IL  |  map
Cicero  |  1400 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero, IL  |  map
Des Plaines  |  1150 N. River Rd., Des Plaines, IL  |  map

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