Pregnancy Options

Torbay Pregnancy Advisory Service (ToPAS)

Torbay's pregnancy advisory service offers free, confidential support and counselling from experienced doctors and nurses.
Clinics sessions are offered at Castle Circus Health Centre on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Friday afternoons.
To make an appointment call: 01803 656500
If you think you may be pregnant your first step should be to take a pregnancy test.
You can get FREE pregnancy testing from:
Venue Address Telephone
Castle Circus Health Centre Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5YH 01803 656500
Midvale Clinic 14 Midvale Road, Paignton, TQ4 5BD 01803 646500
Brixham Hospital Greenswood Road, TQ5 9HW 01803 656500
Checkpoint 7 Victoria Road, Ellacombe, Torquay, TQ1 1HU 01803 200100
South Devon College (Students Only) Vantage Point, Long Road, TQ4 7EJ 01803 540320
TIC TAC, Paignton Community College (Students only) Paignton Community College, Waterleat Road, Paignton,TQ3 3WA 01803 403644
For details of opening hours and walk in clinics at these venues visit the sections within Sexwize on local sexual health and contraceptive services or other services for young people.
You can also get a FREE pregnancy test from:
You can also pick up a pregnancy test from pharmacies and most supermarkets from around £5- £10.
All services listed above are FREE and confidential. Confidential services are provided to everyone, including under 16s and you can attend on your own or if you would prefer you can come with a partner, friend or parent/carer.
If the pregnancy test shows a negative result and you do not want to get pregnant then you should arrange an appointment with your GP (doctor) or the sexual medicine service to discuss your contraception options.
If you have had unprotected sex without a condom or any other form of contraception such as the pill there is a chance you could be pregnant or you may have caught a sexual transmitted infection.
If you have had unprotected sex you can take emergency contraception within 72 hours (three days) to avoid pregnancy, if it is later than three days you may be able to have an IUD (implant) fitted, contact the sexual medicine service for more information.
The only way to avoid an unplanned pregnancy is to use a form of contraception.

Pregnant

You may or may not have planned this pregnancy, and whichever situation you have a number of options available to you.

Your Options

1.Continue with the pregnancy

If you wish to continue with your pregnancy you should visit your GP (doctor)  who will arrange for maternity services to support your pregnancy and delivery or you can contact the midwifery services direct.
It is really important to see your midwife before 12 weeks of pregnancy, so she can talk to you about folic acid, healthy diet, your scan and screening tests for you and your baby.
Midwifery Team and Associated Practices
(you should make appointment with the team that is attached to your GP practice)
Telephone
RIVIERA TEAM MIDWIVES FOR TORQUAY - attached to all Brunel Medical practices (Babbacombe, Shiphay, St Marychurch), Chatto Road (Chilcote Surgery), Dewerstone (Chilcote Surgery), Barton Health Centre, Abbey Road, Croft Hall Surgery and Southover Surgery 01803 654615
COASTAL TEAM MIDWIVES FOR PAIGNTON AND TORQUAY – attached to Corner Place Surgery, Upper Manor Road, Withycombe Lodge, Old Farm Surgery, Grosvenor Road Surgery, Pembroke House Surgery, Chelston Hall surgery, Shiphay Manor surgery, Old Mill surgery, Parkhill Medical Practice, Sherwell Valley Medical Practice 01803 547207
WATERSIDE TEAM MIDWIVES FOR PAIGNTON AND BRIXHAM – attached to St Lukes Surgery, Compass House Surgery, Greenswood Surgery, Cherrybrook Surgery, Mayfield Medical centre, Bishop Place Surgery 01803 881431

2. To terminate the pregnancy (have an abortion)

Legal abortion is a safe way of ending a pregnancy. This is a decision you may make because you do not want to be pregnant and have a baby at this time.
There are a number of different methods of abortion. The type recommended will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are. It is recommended that you get help as soon as possible; as a legal abortion is safer and easier the earlier it is done in pregnancy.

3. Continue with the pregnancy, but put your baby up for fostering or adoption

Adoption could be a choice for you if you do not want to bring up the baby yourself but you do not wish to have an abortion. Adoption is a way of giving the baby new parents who will bring him or her up as their own. You will continue with the pregnancy and give birth, but you won’t look after the baby, and you won’t have legal rights or responsibilities regarding the child once the adoption is complete.
Although you can start preparing for the adoption at any time during your pregnancy, the adoption won't be completed until after the baby is born. You can change your mind at any stage before the adoption is made legal, but once the adoption has been made legal, the baby will stay with the adoptive parents even if you change your mind.

Making a Decision

Choosing whether or not to continue with a pregnancy is a big decision and some people find it helpful to talk things over. Talking to people that are trustworthy and getting accurate information about all options can help you to make up your mind.
Some people may want to talk to their partner, family or friends, whilst some people may feel more comfortable speaking with someone they are not close to. It is important that you don't let anyone pressure you into doing something that you don't want to do.  The decision is yours. It is essential that you are given accurate information and advice and time to explore how you feel so that you can make the decision that is right for you - but it is important not to delay making your decision.
If you would like to talk your options over with someone in confidence, you can contact one of the services below:
If you are worried about attending an appointment or want some confidential support you can contact the sexual health outreach team who can support you through any decision, tel: 01803 656500.
For more information about pregnancy visit NHS choices opens in a new window.
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