Pregnancy

Emergency Contraception, The Morning-After Pill

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Taken from OptionLine
https://optionline.org/emergency-contraception

“Emergency contraception is a type of birth control you can take after you have unprotected sex. Sometimes it’s referred to as the morning-after pill. There are two types commonly available: Plan B One-Step® (and others like it) and ella®.

Both kinds of emergency contraception can be used up to five days after unprotected sex, but Plan B One-Step becomes less effective over time. You can buy some types of emergency contraception without a prescription, but other types do require a prescription.

If you think you might be pregnant, you may want to take a pregnancy test before taking emergency contraception. Both types of morning-after pills can cause an abortion, depending on when you take them and when you had unprotected sex.

Plan B One-Step, ella, and other forms of emergency contraception are not recommended if you are pregnant, and can actually hurt you if you take them while you are pregnant.”

For a free pregnancy test, or to talk to someone about your concerns, click here to contact us.

Having a Healthy Pregnancy

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Taken from The First Things First Parent Kit
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/parent-kit/having-a-healthy-pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your body will change, and you will have many new feelings. Taking good care of yourself becomes more important than ever. Start getting health care as soon as you can. Research shows that the more you are cared for during pregnancy, the better you can care for your newborn.

Get Prenatal Care as Soon as You Can

As soon as you think you are pregnant, you should start getting regular medical check-ups. This is known as prenatal (before birth) care. Prenatal care is for both you and your baby. You can see a family practice doctor, or a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrician-gynecologist). Or you can see a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner. For free and low-cost prenatal care, contact AHCCCS (Access).

Prenatal Health Care Visits

At each visit, your doctor or other health care provider will check your health and your baby’s heartbeat and growth.

She will test your blood for low iron, hepatitis B, diabetes and other problems. She can also test for HIV, tuberculosis and certain rare birth defects. Many of these problems can be treated.

Ask about getting flu and Tdap vaccines. Tdap guards against whooping cough. These vaccines are safe during pregnancy.

Tell your provider all the medicines, vitamins and herbs you take. Ask if they are safe to take during pregnancy.

Say if you have back strain or are exposed to any chemicals or radiation at work.

If you want to learn more about nutrition, how your body is changing, what to expect during and after birth and more, set up an appointment for our Earn-While-You-Learn classes. The classes are free!

Here are some things you need to know before you have an abortion in Arizona:

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  • Abortion is only covered by certain health plans if the woman’s life is endangered or her health is severely compromised. AHCCCS does NOT provide coverage for medically necessary abortions.
  • The cost of an abortion depends on how far along you are in the pregnancy.
    • A first trimester abortion (up to 12 weeks post-fertilization) typically costs between $450 and $950.
    • Second trimester abortions rise in cost every week to two weeks depending on the facility. An abortion at 20 weeks averages about $1,500.
  • A woman must undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.
  • A woman must receive state-directed, in person counseling, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
  • Persons under the age of 18 seeking an abortion must either have the notarized written permission of one of their parents/legal guardians or permission from a Superior Court Judge.

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.

Sources: 
Planned Parenthood of Flagstaff
https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/state-facts-about-abortion-arizona

Why Talk to US about Abortion?

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LHC is Pro-Grace. This means we are Pro-YOU. Yes, you. The one reading this now.

We do not perform or refer for abortions. This means we do not get ANY money if you choose to have an abortion.

We are not an adoption agency. This means we do not have a list of hopeful parents waiting in the wings.

We do not charge for ANY services WHATSOEVER. Zero.

We do not receive ANY grants based on services rendered. All of our funding comes from private donations. That means real people send us money so that we have the resources to help real people like you.  

Since we truly have nothing to gain OR lose — from your unplanned pregnancy — LHC is uniquely qualified to walk beside you as you sort through your options. Since 1997, we have been providing women and men a place to consider “what next?” We know that every situation, every pregnancy and every person is different. Our goal is not to judge or shame anyone. We want to help you consider every option so that YOU can make the decision that is best for YOU.  

What you can expect if you decide to utilize LHC resources:

  • 100% Confidentiality
  • 100% Free pregnancy test
  • 100% Free ultrasound
  • 100% Pressure-Free

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.

What does a “Sample Adoption Parenting Plan” Look Like?

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In many ways, preparing an Adoption Parenting Plan is akin to you deciding what life you think will be best for your child and then finding the particular family that matches up to your ideals.

What kind of couple do you envision? Have they been married a long time or are they young and newly married? Do they have other children or will this be their first? Do they go to church? Do they go to a specific church? Do they love sports? Do they have pets? Are they college-educated? Do they travel frequently? Will they homeschool? Are they vegan? Do they live in a small town or a big city? How will they discipline?

Then you get to decide which adoption agency would likely have the suitable families for you to peruse for interviews. Do you want to meet the family? Do you want an open, semi-open or closed adoption? Do you want the adoptive family in the room with you when you deliver?

As the birth mother — you get to choose. Even better, you can imagine all the possibilities and then decide a different course altogether. If you want an experienced guide to help you navigate this course, please consider contacting Living Hope Centers today.

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.