Help is available!
Discovering unexpectedly that you're pregnant can be very scary. But there are people who can help you weigh your options and get the care you need.
The resources listed below all aim to help you -- without judgement or bias.
Obstetrics & Gynecology will provide a pregnancy test. If it comes back positive, a nurse will help you consider your options. Should you choose to end the pregnancy, she will refer you out for an abortion and offer a follow-up appointment. Should you choose to continue the pregnancy, MIT Ob/Gyn can give you pre-natal care or refer you to a local hospital. MIT Ob/Gyn can also help you find resources for balancing parenting with school-work, or they can help connect you with adoptive parents. Call 3-1315
Mental Health Services can provide counseling, to help you make or cope with a hard decision. You can tell the secretary why you need an appointment, and she will choose one of many counselors who have experience in this area. Call 3-2916
The Health Education Office provides information on a wide
range of topics, including (but not limited to) safe sex, pregnancy,
childbirth, and parenting. They can connect you to MIT-run workshops
and parenting groups. Drop by the second floor of the med center, or
call to arrange a private consultation. Call 3-1316 or visit
MedLINKS is a student-run group that can answer some
questions and help connect you to the care you need.
MIT Family Resource Center is an excellent resource for
MIT parents. Call 3-1592 or visit 16-151
Planned Parenthood writes: "Our goal is to provide you
with access to the best healthcare available at an affordable price in
a safe and caring atmosphere. We also want to ensure that you have
all the information that you need to make decisions about your
Some books and web sites:
Our Bodies, Ourselves for the twenty-first century, by the Boston Women's Healthbook Collective, provides information and perspective on women's healthcare. This includes practice and politics of contraception, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and adoption, and many other topics.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
http://www.motherisk.org has medical information to help with difficult pregnancies.
The Mayo Clinic gives information about various aspects of pregnancy.