Pregnancy options counseling provides information and support for a pregnant woman who is considering her choices regarding the continuation of her pregnancy. Her choices include continuing the pregnancy (toward parenting or adoption) and pregnancy termination (abortion). Ideally, competent counselors present this information non-judgmentally, in a way that helps each woman make the best decision for her. Counselors require up-to-date knowledge of local and national laws governing women's pregnancy choices, especially concerning adolescents and their rights to make such decisions.
Policy and position statements regarding pregnancy options counseling and reproductive health exist for the following professional organizations (among others):
AWHONN and the Women and Children's Health Chapter of SCNA Present Joint Workshop-"Clinical Refresher in Maternal Child Topics 2011"
Jul 01, 2011; The Women and Children's Health Chapter of SCNA and the S. C. Section of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and...