PREGNANCY COUNSELING PROCESS: DESCRIPTION, ELIGIBILITY AND SCREENING PROCESS
The PC Program provides counseling to women who need assistance with decision-making and the emotional stress of an unplanned pregnancy. The infant’s needs are also of utmost importance. We also provide services to the baby’s father and the parents’ families, when appropriate and when not in conflict with the client’s wishes.
Pregnancy Counseling services are available to expectant or newly parenting single or married women. Most clients are single women between 15 and 25 who have never before given birth and who contact the agency in the early to middle of their pregnancy. However, some are older or younger, some are married, divorced or separated. Some have other children. Some contact the agency after delivery. Occasionally a client will bring her baby home for a period of time, then seek counseling about adoption when she feels she cannot parent adequately.
Services are available regardless of the client’s choice, whether she chooses termination, parenting, adoption or other custody arrangement for the baby. The philosophy of the program is that self-determination and un-pressured decision-making promotes a comfortable adjustment to whatever decision is made. When adoptions are planned, this philosophy also promotes legally safe adoptions and stable permanence for children.
Services include immediate, objective, in-depth counseling beyond the “options counseling” offered in other programs. We do not impose a set of values or religious tenets upon our clients and our counseling is provided by a master’s level clinical staff. The program is community based and we work with other providers involved.
Services are available in New Hampshire, south of Lebanon, and in bordering states if the client delivers in New Hampshire and the travel distance is manageable.
Referrals come to the program at any stage of the pregnancy from other CFS programs, prenatal clinics, crisis pregnancy centers, doctors, hospitals, schools, attorneys, family members, or therapists. PC staff collaborates with the referral agent to provide comprehensive service. Clients can be seen at any of our statewide offices, at their home, their school, at their prenatal appointment, or wherever is most comfortable and convenient for them. There are no fees to clients, but we bill Medicaid or their insurance.
The goal of the PC Program is to assist the client in making a comfortable informed plan for herself and her baby. We provide accurate objective information about all their options and encourage her to make an informed independent decision. We offer her an opportunity to explore all her options in the context of her own life, her goals, relationships, values and available resources. Prevention of future pregnancies is also explored and clients are encouraged to consult with their doctor about their family planning options.
Julie Daniels, LICSW: 1-800-640-6486
Our agency accepts most insurance. Income and ability to pay are considered when determining the client portion of the fee. No one is denied service due to inability to pay.
1-800-640-6486 or the office nearest you
Concord - 224-7479
Dover - 742-5662
Exeter - 772-3786
Henniker - 518-4195
Keene - 357-8772
Laconia - 524-5835
Lebanon - 298-8237
Manchester - 518-4000
Our agency accepts most insurance. Income and ability to pay are considered when determining the client portion of the fee.
Anthem (NH & VT)
Medicaid (NH & VT)
NH Healthy Families
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