How the Houston Pregnancy Help Center Works
An unplanned pregnancy can lead to a whole host of emotions like uncertainty, fear and frustration.
When making any decision, especially one related to pregnancy, you want to have the facts of the situations, know your options and be supported. At the Houston Pregnancy Help Center you receive all this and more.
In this article I’ll talk about a resources that provides free pregnancy testing among other services to potential parents.
After reading this post you will understand the following:
- What the Houston Pregnancy Help Center does
- The services offered
- What your options are
- Where the Help Centers are located
What is the Houston Pregnancy Help Center?
The Houston Pregnancy Help Center is an agency that provides FREE services to potential parents who are faced with a pregnancy-related crisis. The primary service that they provide are the free pregnancy tests although there are other ways that the clinics helps. We’ll get into those services later in this article.
What services does the Houston Pregnancy Help Center offer?
You can visit either one of the Houston Pregnancy Help Centers and receive the following services on-site:
- Free pregnancy testing
- Confirmation of pregnancy
- Pregnancy support
- Adoption advice
- Counseling services
- Medical, housing and legal referrals
- Case Management
- Classes related to childbirth and parenting
- Fatherhood classes as well
- Man to Man mentoring
- Limited emergency assistance
One service that the Pregnancy Help Center does not offers is abortion procedures or referrals for abortions.
Helpling you to evaluate your pregnancy options
If you receive a positive pregnancy test the Houston Pregnancy Help Center can help you to evaluate all your options. Those options include:
- Continue the pregnancy
Continue the Pregnancy
If you choose to continue your pregnancy the Houston Pregnancy Help Center can help you with services like parenting classes, case management and referrals to outside agencies.
Adoption is another option after a pregnancy has been confirmed. Some choose to put the child up for adoption as opposed to abortion. If you are interested in learning more about the adoption process, the Houston Pregnancy Help Center can provide guidance.
The last option is abortion. While the HPHC does not provide abortions or referrals to abortion clincis, they can offer you information to help you better understand this option.
The Pregnancy Help Center will explain how the procedure works as well as inform you of physical effects as well as psychological effects. If you are considering this abortion the Help Center can help you to fully understand this option.
How do you schedule an appointment with Houston Pregnancy Help Center?
There are two ways to schedule an appointment:
- Call for an appointment
Walk-In appointments with Houston Pregnancy Help Center
No appointments are necessary with the HPHC. You can walk-in to either of the Help Centers for an appointment as long as you arrive at least 1 hour to closing.
Call for an appointment with Houston Pregnancy Help Center
You can also call either HPHC to schedule an appointment. This option is recommended over the walk-in.
In the next section we will provide you with numbers to both Help Centers.
Where are the Houston Pregnancy Help Centers located?
There are two different Houston Pregnancy Help Centers; one is located in “Downtown” Houston, the other in 5th Ward.
Here is more information about both locations.
Downtown Houston Pregnancy Help Center
Despite the website stating this is the “downtown” location it’s actually located in the midtown neighborhood, directly across the street from Houston Community College. The closest major intersection is San Jacinto and Alabama St. The address is 3636 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77004.
Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm. On Friday’s they are open 8 am to 1 pm. Saturdays the clinic is open from 9 am to 12 pm.
You can learn more about their clinic by visiting the website or calling them at 713.942.2100.
5th Ward Houston Pregnancy Help Center
This clinic is located in the 5th Ward neighborhood. The closest major intersection is Lyons Avenue and Lockwood Drive. The address is 743 Shotwell Houston, TX 77020.
Business hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Friday’s the clinic is open 8:30 am to 2 pm.
For more information visit their website or call them at 713.675.2800.
Whether planned or unplanned a pregnancy forces you to make important decisions very quickly.
If you are dealing with a pregnancy related crisis and you are unsure of your options and need support the Houston Pregnancy Help Center can help you.
To make an appointment with the Downtown Help Center visit their location or call them at 713.942.2100. For the 5th Ward Help Center you can call them at 713.675.2800.
You can also find more information on their website at FreePregnancyTest.com.
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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.