It is estimated that 34% of young women in America get pregnant at least once before age 20. There are 750,000 teen pregnancies each year with 59% ending in birth. An estimated 82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned. (Guttmacher Institute 2011)
If you are concerned you may be pregnant, the only way to confirm this is through a pregnancy test. You can get tested at your health care provider or a local health clinic, or you can buy a home pregnancy test.
You do not have to face this situation alone. Our program allows you the necessary time to decide if you want to parent your baby or place your baby for adoption.
At Mercy, we work with each expectant mother to help her reach the best decision for her situation. Our staff walk each expectant mother through a Basic Decision Making process exploring both options of parenting or placing for adoption. The decision is up to the expectant mother. Our staff is dedicated to providing as many resources as possible to help each young woman make a decision that she can be at peace about for many years to come.
If you or someone you know is facing an unplanned pregnancy, Mercy can help. Our program is completely free to the young women we serve. Call 615-831-6987 for more details, or click here to learn more.
Yes! In addition to receiving weekly counseling sessions and group counseling, young women who enter Mercy with an unplanned pregnancy will complete six weeks of Basic Decision Making classes. This additional class includes biblical counsel and practical information on the options to parent or place your child for adoption. Our staff provides support to each expectant mother as she makes the final decision regarding parenting or placing her child for adoption.
All expectant mothers enter our Nashville, Tennessee home. This home allows for both minors and adults who are pregnant and is also in the same location as our Licensed Adoptions Department should an expectant mother decide to make an adoption plan for her child.
- A safe, supportive, free-of-charge residential home for an expectant mother to reside during her pregnancy
- Accessibility to ongoing support from staff/counselors
- Weekly Individual and Group Counseling
- 6 weeks of Basic Decision Making Classes
- Childbirth Classes
- Transportation to Prenatal care visits
- Parenting Classes (if applicable)
- Adoption Counseling & Services (if applicable)
- Support in developing a hospital plan for delivery
- Post-Placement Counseling (if applicable)
- Ongoing Support through Mercy’s Transitional Care Department after completion of the program