The importance of crisis pregnancy counsel volunteering
Women facing a crisis pregnancy need the right information, and need it fast. They may be mulling over their situation to the point that they are not able to think straight. Protection of the unborn maybe the last thing on their mind. Very often, a crisis pregnant woman is going it alone. Her boyfriend has let her down, abnegating his responsibilities as a father. The family may not know of her pregnancy, due to fear of rejection. The employer might not have time for employees who are expecting a child. This is where our volunteers can give them invaluable assistance regarding a way forward. Good Counsel Network have some helpful suggestions.
Helpful knowledge for crisis pregnant women
Giving helpful information depends on the situation. If a crisis pregnant woman is not employed, there are a number of financial supporting programmes available. There is: (1) Supplemental Welfare allowance; (2) A medical Card, (3) Rent allowance or Mortgage Interest supplement, (4) Domestic allowance for essential parental items. If a crisis pregnant woman is employed, she has recourse to: (a) Maternity Benefit; (b) Health and Safety benefits; (c) maternity leave entitlements; and (d) unpaid leave entitlements. Advising women facing a crisis pregnancy in this way gives them positive options. A voluntary counselor can put expectant mothers in touch with a local social welfare officer. They may also contact the Maternity Benefit Section of the Department of Social Protection. These are only some of the advice you as a volunteer can impart to women facing a crisis pregnancy. There are other voluntary counselling measures, which Good Counsel will discuss in another blog post.
Women facing a crisis pregnancy may not be in a financial position to have a baby. Or they may have family concerns giving rise to stress in relation to their pregnancy. There may also be other pressures, like careerism in their work place.