Unintended Pregnancy Options and Decision-Making

Pregnancy Options Discussion

Most people experiencing unplanned pregnancy and abortion do not need specialised psychological support, and the majority of practitioners can hold “a pregnancy options discussion” with them. A person-centred conversation that offers unbiased information and a space where they are being listened to is often what is required to enable them to make decisions. Health practitioners are encouraged to discuss with their patients first; if ambiguity is present, a list of counselling options is available.

Some community health services, women’s health services, and other primary care services have specialised sexual health nurses who offer pregnancy options counselling. Some GPs refer their patients with a mental health plan to a psychologist who may be specialised in unplanned pregnancy and abortion issues. A limited number of private psychologist exist who are specialised in this domain.

If an interpreter or translator is required for the discussion, go to the section on Interpreter and Translation Services for links to providers or call the Australian Government Translation and Interpreting Service on 131 450.


Decision-Making Guide

The Royal Women's Hospital has a decision-making guide that takes a person-centred approach to pregnancy options. It's based on the belief that patients are experts in their own lives so they are the ones who should make the decisions about their pregnancy. (Source: The Royal Women's Hospital)

Counselling Options in Victoria

1800 My Options can provide information and referral pathways to services that provide non-directive pregnancy counselling. Use the link provided to access the 1800 My Options website. In the filter menu, click on "Other Services" and select "Counselling". Your search can be narrowed down by clicking on 'Type of Provider' and selecting 'Counsellor'. Please note that not all service providers are displayed on this site so it is worth calling 1800 My Options to obtain a full list of services in your area. Phone: 1800 696 784

Better Health Channel

The Better Health Channel provides basic guidance to using a professional counsellor when facing with unplanned pregnancy.