You need a pregnancy test. A free test through REFUGE can tell you what you need to know – right away! Our tests can detect pregnancy 10-14 days after conception and are 99% accurate. When you come in for your test, you will also meet a peer counselor trained and experienced in pregnancy-related concerns. She can give you the time you need to discuss your individual situation and to explore all your options. Later she can connect you with support services here and throughout your community.
Talk to someone you trust. Although you may feel alone and helpless in your pregnancy, there is support. Our counsellors are caring and experienced and trained to help. They can prepare you to discuss your pregnancy with your parents.
You may be pleased at the support your parents and friends will give you. Even if your parents’ first reaction is anger or disappointment, given a chance, they may be the first to give you their support.
Free pregnancy testing, information and support packages, options counselling, baby supplies, FREE prenatal/postpartum and parenting workshops with certified birth doulas every month, labour support, breastfeeding support, referrals to community outreach programs
If you are able to make an appointment that’s great, just give us a call or send us an email using our “contact” us information, however walk ins are always welcome. Our hours are Monday from 9-12pm, Thursday from 9-4pm and Friday from 12-4pm.
Feel free to come in to our resource centre or give us a call, we can sit down with you and your girlfriend and discuss your options. We offer free pregnancy testing and are able to provide tons of support as you both digest this news.
By day 21, the heart is beating. A week later the backbone and muscles are forming. Arms, legs, eyes and ears have begun to show. By day 35, all five fingers can be discerned in the hand. The eyes darken as pigment is produced. Brain waves can be detected and recorded by day 40. In the seventh week, the embryo begins to move spontaneously. The jaw forms, including teeth buds in the gums. In week 8, everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult. The heart has been beating for more than a month, the stomach produces digestive juices and the kidneys have begun to function. A week later, fingerprints are already evident in the skin. By the 10th week, the fetus can squint, swallow and wrinkle its forehead. In just the 12th week of pregnancy, the fetus is turning its head, curling its toes and opening and closing its mouth.
There is more openness in adoption today than ever before. We can connect you with private adoption counsellor. Your counsellor will help you explore levels of contact available so you can choose a plan that best suits your child’s needs, yourself, and the adoptive family you have chosen. More and more families are choosing fully open adoptions where contact information is shared. All parties involved commit to being like family to one another. The best interest of the child is always the main focus of any adoption.
Post-Abortion syndrome (PAS) is what some women experience following an abortion. While some can experience relief right after their abortion, emotions can “catch up” with them months or even years later. Many express that they wish they could go back and “undo” the abortion. Some typical symptoms include: guilt, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, re-experiencing the abortion, fear of not being able to get pregnant again, survival guilt, eating disorders, alcohol or drug abuse.
We are not a medical facility, and as such we do not refer for medical procedures. We are able to provide you with accurate information with regards to all the options that are available to help you make an informed choice.
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Left pregnant and alone, Lola Augustine Brown shares her story of a Christmas that brought her more hope than she imagined by Lola Augustine Brown In December of 2006, I just didn’t know how I was going to cope. I was seven months pregnant and had been on my own...