“If I’d had someone stand with me — a friend, my family, anyone — I would have carried my baby to term. But I didn’t.”
83% of women who struggle after an abortion say they would have changed their decision if they’d had support from a partner, family member or special person during pregnancy.
That’s why Birthmothers offers a special ministry to hurting women – the opportunity to be matched with a Birthmothers Friend.
What is a Birthmothers Friend?
A Birthmothers Friend is a trained volunteer who is matched one-on-one with a pregnant woman, her partner or family member. A Friend listens and provides confidential, nonjudgmental practical assistance, emotional support and spiritual encouragement as long as the client needs or chooses.
More women carry babies to term and transition into parenting or adoption placement when they have support from a special person like a Friend during pregnancy.
Many Friends even provide long-distance support for a woman, partner, or family member who faces an unplanned pregnancy — on the phone, through email, in texting, and on Skype. (If you or someone you know needs long-distance support, click here.)
The Friend relationship is modeled on the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. That’s why the Birthmothers ministry motto is derived from Proverbs 17:17: A Friend loves at all times™.
How Can You Help?
There are so many ways you can support women and families who face an unplanned pregnancy.