Real Alternatives has served more than 275,000 women seeking assistance with crisis pregnancy, adoption, and maternal health support. As part of its regular services, Real Alternatives encourages families and friends of expectant mothers to provide support in cases of unexpected pregnancies.
It is often difficult and even frightening for women when they experience an unexpected pregnancy, but they do not have to make the journey alone. Friends and family are some of the most important support a woman has. These parties often do not know how they can assist her, but there are a number of ways they can help a loved one navigate her unanticipated pregnancy.
The best thing a mother, partner, or friend can do for the expectant mother is to be there for her. A friend should offer to drive her to her appointments or help her locate her local pregnancy support centers. Family members can assist by providing emotional reassurance that she is not alone and together she can have a bright future.
Unexpected pregnancies are also challenging to the partner of the mother, who may also need support. However, it is equally important that the partner focus on listening to her and preserving her well-being. They can do this in a number of ways, from assuming more household responsibility to ensuring that she has ample opportunities to relax and be healthy.
Launched in 1996 through a state-sponsored initiative to lower abortion rates, Real Alternatives originally served women through 72 centers across Pennsylvania.