Are you experiencing the ache of homesickness while attempting to manage an unexpected pregnancy? Maybe you and your family recently moved to a different location. Perhaps you just started a new college semester or study abroad program. You may be traveling for work or fulfilling responsibilities to your family. No matter your specific set of circumstances, you’re probably hurting deeply today. Know that you’re not alone in this struggle.
An unexpected pregnancy and a move away from home are two situations that can naturally trigger feelings of isolation. To experience both at the same time may seem completely overwhelming. At Avenue Women’s Center, we demonstrate to every person who connects with us that she doesn’t have to navigate the days and weeks ahead on her own. We’re an early pregnancy clinic that provides free first-step pregnancy services, and we’d love to be a part of your support network.
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Challenges Unique to Your Situation
Being away from home during an unexpected pregnancy can present added challenges for various reasons. Chances are, you’ve been physically separated from family and friends (at least, temporarily) … Not to mention other people you may rely on, like health care providers. You may feel lonely, which is something we all experience at times- introverts and extroverts alike! You’ve probably found yourself in an unfamiliar environment as well. That may mean that you haven’t established a foundation of support and aren’t fully aware of local resources.
How Can Avenue Women’s Center Help?
Our expert staff at Avenue Women’s Center understands where you’re coming from. We’ve been partnering with women from our own Chicagoland community and far beyond since we opened our doors in 1981. Avenue offers free, high-quality services to help persons access relevant information about their pregnancies, options, and resources. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Medical-grade pregnancy tests. To confirm where you stand. (Available in-person).
- Pregnancy consultations. To learn about your pregnancy options (abortion, adoption, and parenting) and nearby resources that may be beneficial to you. A consultation is also an opportunity to process your feelings about the pregnancy test result and your overall circumstances with a caring, highly-trained consultant. (Available in-person and remotely, although pregnancy options and resources vary by state/location).
- Limited medical ultrasounds. To identify important information about the pregnancy, like 1) How far along you are, 2) Where the pregnancy is located, and 3) Your chances of miscarriage. Knowing this can equip you to take informed next steps that reinforce your own health and wellness. (Available in-person).
Our team is available to meet you with emotional support, no matter where you find yourself (emotionally, geographically, or in terms of a pregnancy decision-making process). It’s our goal to help you feel as encouraged and supported as possible despite the practical limitations you’re facing.
Every individual is fully capable of exploring and leaning into her own best pregnancy outcome. Everyone needs backing along the way too. Your circumstances may be really challenging, and your heart may be longing for home, but you’ve got this! Avenue is here to help you take your next steps.
Contact us to schedule an appointment today! Our clinics are located in Darien, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, and Wood Dale, Illinois.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.