I am considering parenting:
Parenting can be one of life’s greatest joys, but it could also seem a little overwhelming at first if you were not planning on being a parent quite yet. We are here to help you think through this pregnancy option and share with you all of the resources that are available to help you with pregnancy and parenting.
Are there resources available to help me pay for my doctor’s appointments throughout pregnancy? Are there financial resources available once I have my baby?
Yes! We would be happy to talk to you about your financial situation and provide you with the best resources for your circumstance!
I am afraid of what my family and friends may think if I have an unplanned pregnancy…
That is a totally normal concern and we are here to help you work through that. No matter what anyone else thinks, this decision about pregnancy is one you have to make and will live with for the rest of your life. Ultimately, you have to do what is best for you. Many people who have found themselves in an unplanned pregnancy are surprised to find out how supportive their family and friends are throughout their pregnancy and when the baby arrives, even if at first they react negatively to the pregnancy. No matter what your situation is with your family, friends and the father of the baby, we can help you think through what telling them might look like and be a safe place for you to work through those concerns.
Is it still possible to finish my education and continue pursuing my career goals if I have my baby?
Yes, absolutely! There are so many resources available to help you with continuing your education and having a career while also being a parent! It may look differently than you originally thought, but we are here to help and empower you to be an amazing parent while also continuing to pursue your dreams. We can also provide you with local and campus resources that can help you with this!
How can I start prenatal care and find a doctor?
We have a list of reputable doctor referrals in the Athens area that we can share with you and give you information on the first steps of prenatal care. We can provide you with a lab-certified pregnancy test confirmed by a limited ultrasound and then refer you to a local OBGYN who will take care of you medically throughout the rest of your pregnancy.
What other ways can Athens Pregnancy Center help me if I choose to parent?
Earn While You Learn
We offer a free 16 week pregnancy/parenting class for first time mothers. The class is scheduled around your schedule and meets once a week for an hour. After the completion of each class, you will receive coupons to purchase items in our Mommy and Baby Boutique (items may only be purchased with earned coupons). After the completion of the 16 week program, we will provide you with a free car seat! Class topics include: nutritional information, fetal growth and development, car seat safety, healthy pregnancy topics and much more!
We offer a 16 week group class for moms that meets every Tuesday from 1:30pm-2:30pm to discuss different parenting and life skills topics. You may bring one child with you to this class. After the completion of each class, each attendee will receive coupons to purchase items in our Mommy and Baby Boutique (items may only be purchased with earned coupons). This is a wonderful way to meet other mothers and talk about topics that are of interest to you! Classes begin in August and January. To find out more information, please give us a call at 678-753-3180!
No matter what your thoughts, fears and excitements are about parenting, we are here to listen and to be a friend through this journey and provide you and equip you with resources so that you can make the best decision about your pregnancy and your future!