I Need Help with an Unplanned Pregnancy
Do you need help with an unplanned pregnancy? Rest assured. There are many resources and organizations that help women with unplanned pregnancies. You have many options including choosing parents through adoption, choosing to parent, or abortion.
Financial Help for Unplanned Pregnancy
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC, provides supplemental nutritious foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income:
- Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
- Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
- Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)
- Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.
- Children up to their 5th birthday.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the food stamp program, SNAP provides low-income and no-income families with debit cards to purchase groceries. A household is one person or a group of people who buy and make their food together. Eligibility requirements vary from state to state but you need to be close to the federal poverty line to qualify. Check your state’s specific eligibility guidelines and services.
Food Assistance is available from local community food pantries and food banks. Search the internet or ask your local pregnancy center for a location.
Feeding America operates 200 food banks, 60,000 pantries and meal programs.
The USDA National Hunger Hotline is 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273). Information is available in English and Spanish. The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
Child Support is the responsibility of both parents. If you’re not married and don’t plan to marry the father, child support may be requested and ordered by the court. Here are the details about child support.
Affordable Housing Help for Unplanned Pregnancy
Public housing is state-owned, affordable rental houses or apartments. It’s intended for families with low incomes, seniors, and people with disabilities. Found nationwide, public housing comes in all sizes and types, from single-family houses to high-rise apartments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers several programs: subsidized housing, public housing, and housing choice vouchers.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services operates the Maternity Group Homes for Pregnant and Parenting Youth (MGH) Program to support homeless pregnant and/or parenting young people, as well as their dependent children. Youth must be between the ages of 16 and 22 to enter the program.
The National Maternity Housing Coalition (NMHC) of over 400 maternity housing programs can help you find a residential maternity home that is able to meet your needs.
Clothing and home items are available at thrift stores, and second-hand and resell shops. The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries are great sources for everything from cribs, to easy chairs and business attire. Your local pregnancy center will have baby clothes and other items, plus they will know what other resources are nearby.
Healthcare Help for Unplanned Pregnancy
Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides health coverage to low-income pregnant women during pregnancy and up to two months after the birth of the baby. Medicaid differs from state to state so be sure to apply in your state.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage and works closely with its state Medicaid program. Services include hospitalizations, doctor visits, and prescription drugs. If you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, your coverage can start right away, any time of year.
Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP coverage
Emotional Support for Unplanned Pregnancy
For women looking for support in continuing their pregnancy, Embrace Grace is a faith-based community committed to providing spiritual, emotional, and physical support to both partners throughout the pregnancy journey. When you join, they will love on you with Love Boxes, a baby shower, and so much more. Check out their website and find a support group near you.
Your physician is also an excellent resource to learn about local support groups in your area, as well as providing medical care and discussing your options.
Pregnancy Help Centers are local clinics that provide just that – help with your pregnancy. That may include prenatal care, parenting education, adoption assistance and guidance to local resources and programs, such as food banks. Our locator will help you find the center nearest you.
Our Pregnancy Educators are available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST to talk with you, encourage and support you. Click chat below, or call toll-free 800-672-2296help