Options

Positive Test Result? Now what? If you have a positive pregnancy test, it is important to have information about your options. Women in Canada have the following options:

  • Continuing with a pregnancy and parenting
  • Continuing with a pregnancy and adoption
  • Surgical Therapeutic abortion
  • Medical Therapeutic abortion

Need help deciding? You're not alone! Options counselling is available at:

 Planned Parenthood Ottawa
2197 Riverside Dr. Suite 403; 613-226-3234
  • Pro-choice, non-judgmental, woman-focused philosophy - presents parenting, abortion and adoption options equally. Services provided to any woman facing unplanned pregnancy
  • Crisis counselling (from one to three 60- to 90-minute sessions)
  • Free (funded through the Sexual Health Unit). Daytime and evening appointments, provided by trained volunteers. Post-abortion support also available
Centretown Community Health Centre

420 Cooper St., Ottawa, 613-233-4697

  • Counselling provided by social worker. One appointment time available per week (on Friday).
  • Services provided to women living from the Rideau Canal to Bronson between Wellington St. and the Rideau River. Post-abortion support also available
Continuing with a pregnancy: Parenting
If you choose to continue your pregnancy and parent, here are a few recommendations for a healthy pregnancy:
  1. During the first three months of your pregnancy, visit your health care provider. If you don't have a health care provider visit a walk-in clinic or Community Health Centre.
  2. Eat Healthy! Eating well will not only give you energy and help you feel better it will also contribute to your baby's growth and development. For more information visit The Health Canada Website
  3. Get your vitamins! Folic acid is one of the B vitamins important for the healthy growth of your unborn baby. It is important for the normal development of your baby's spine, brain and skull, especially during the first four weeks of your pregnancy. If you are planning to get pregnant, start taking vitamin supplements with folic acid before pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (PHAC). For more information visit The Public Health Agency of Canada website or speak with your local pharmacist, visit the Mother Risk website for more information.
  4. Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix. There is no safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during your pregnancy. For more information visit The Public Health Agency of Canada website
  5. When you or the people around you smoke, so does your baby. A smoke-free environment is best for you and your baby. For more information, visit The Public Health Agency of Canada website
  6. Interested in Prenatal Classes? Visit the City of Ottawa website to find out more!

The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy Website

Resources for Young Parents in Ottawa

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (Ottawa Public Health)

A support for expectant parents and families with children from birth to age six. Visit the Parenting in Ottawa Website for more information.

Youville Centre

150 Mann Avenue

613-231-5150

Youville Centre

Serves adolescent mothers and their children. Services include: crisis intervention, intensive mental health therapy, addiction counselling, collaborative problem solving, child development program, attachment-based parenting programs, and a fully accredited secondary school.

St-Mary's Home

780 Rue de l'Église

613-749-2491

Ottawa-based social service agency that provides a full range of programs and services for young pregnant women, young moms and dads, and their infants and young children.

Bethany Hope Centre

820 Woodroffe Ave

613-725-1733

Bethany offers a drop-in centre for young parents and their children; Support covers areas such as education and employment, housing and basic needs, health and nutrition, parenting and playgroups, counseling.

Buns in the Oven

613-749-4584

Buns in the oven is a weekly program for pregnant women (continues until the child is 6 months old). Services include nutrition education, social and food support, and health education.

Continuing with a pregnancy: Adoption
There are 2 types of adoption in Canada, private and public.
  • Private adoption: conducted through a licensee and birth parents have a say in selecting the adoptive parents.
  • A public adoption: coordinated through the Children's Aid Society.
    • In an "open adoption" birthparents help choose the adoptive family and have contact with the child after the birth.
    • In a "closed adoption" birthparents may still contact the child but only through the Adoption Disclosure Register.

For more information, contact:

Medical vs Surgical Abortion
Having to be faced with an unintended pregnancy can be difficult. Each woman's situation is different, and the decision to have an abortion (or not) is extremely personal. The first thing you need to know is you have abortion options.

There are two different abortion methods available: Medical abortion & surgical abortion.

  • Medical abortions are only available during the early stages of pregnancy (up to 7 weeks (63 days) from the start of your last period). There are 2-3 office visits with a doctor. Two medications are used to empty the contents of the uterus, causing a miscarriage. You miscarry at home. It is important to follow-up with the doctor after.
  • Surgical abortion are carried out in a clinic or hospital using a gentle mechanical suction machine (similar to the one dentists use to clear the mouth of saliva) to gently remove pregnancy tissue from the uterus. The procedure only takes 5-10 minutes but you remain in the clinic to ensure everything is ok.

Medical & surgical abortions are not available at the Sexual Health Clinic.

Medical Abortions:
Soundcare Medical Centre- 1145 Hunt Club Road. Telephone: (613)-738-2378. Phones answered Monday-Friday, 10:00am- 4:00pm

The Ottawa Hospital- Riverside Campus (sometimes known as the Women's Health Clinic). They answer phones: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -12:00pm. Procedures take place Fridays. Contact: (613) 761-4921.

Surgical Abortions:
The Morgentaler Clinic: located at 65 Bank Street (613) 567-3360. The Morgentaler clinic is open Monday - Friday, 10:00am- 4:00pm. Procedures take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

The Ottawa Hospital- Riverside Campus (sometimes known as the Women's Health Clinic). They answer phones: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -12:00pm. Procedures take place Tuesday & Wednesdays. Contact: (613) 761-4921

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