Advice & support

If you are pregnant there is plenty of help and support available, whether decide to keep the baby, have the baby adopted or have an abortion.

My pregnancy test is positive and I don't know what to do

If you are pregnant and you are unsure of what to do next, there is support available to help you weigh up your options. You may choose to talk to people close to you that you trust to help you make up your mind. It is very important to make sure that any advice you get is from accurate sources and unbiased services.

If your pregnancy test is positive you can:

  • Come and have a chat with a member of staff at Leeds Sexual health to discuss your options.
  • Book an appointment with a midwife via your GP.
  • If you are under 18 you can get in touch with the teenage pregnancy midwifery team on 07796614116.
  • Call the FPA helpline on 0845 122 8690. They can talk to you confidentially and free of charge about the pregnancy and your options.
  • If you are under 25 you can get advice and support from the Brook helpline on 0808 802 1234.
I am pregnant and under the age of 18

For young women under the age of 19, support with pregnancy choices is available from Women’s Health Matters 0113 201 6692 or the Teenage Pregnancy Midwife on 07796614116.

I want to continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby

You may be able to get support with your pregnancy from:

  • Your family, friends and partner. These people might be able to help after the birth. It can be great to have help from people you trust so that you feel supported and can take some time for yourself.
  • Your health visitor or midwife. They can also put you in touch with local groups where you can get extra support and meet other new mums.
  • Social services at your local authority. They can recommend any extra support that you might need. For example, they might be able to get you a support worker who can carry out home visits or nursery or day care services.
  • Home-start. A volunteer may be able to visit your home and provide practical and emotional support for free. You can be referred by your midwife, GP, practise nurse, health visitor or social services. Alternatively, you can go directly to your local Home-start. You can give them a ring on 0800 068 63 68 or visit their website. The Leeds branch phone number is 0113 244 2419.

Remember to use the "Services Near You" section to find the closest and best service for you.

I want to continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted

If you are considering having your baby adopted, you can get more information from the following places:

  • The doctor or nurse at your nearest general practise.
  • The social worker attached to the maternity unit at your local hospital. You should contact your hospital to find out whether a provision for this has been made.
  • An adoption social worker from a local voluntary adoption agency or your local authority’s social services department. To find out more you can phone the British Association of Adoption and Fostering on 020 7421 2680 or visit their website.

You can access special adoption counselling to make sure that you have explored all of your options and that you know exactly what adoption involves. This is to ensure that you have made the decision that is right for you. You can contact the adoption agency or social worker that is supporting you and they will make arrangements for this.

I am considering having an abortion

If you are considering an abortion, there are plenty of places where you can get support, advice or a consultation.

If you are in Leeds and are eligible for NHS treatment you can self-refer into BPAS or Marie Stopes for an abortion service.

BPAS Leeds

BPAS Leeds provides early medical abortion up to 10 weeks and surgical abortion up to 12 weeks. BPAS also offer contraception methods, chlamydia screening, HIV screening and pre and post abortion counselling.

To contact BPAS please call: 03457 30 40 30 - calls are answered 24/7

Marie Stopes International (MSI) Leeds

Marie Stopes UK Leeds provides medical abortion up to 9
weeks and surgical abortion up to 19 weeks. Marie Stopes UK also offers free
pre and post abortion counselling, contraception methods, STI testing
(including confidential and fast HIV tests), sexual health screening and female
sterilisation. Appointments are given within 3 days of contacting the service.

To contact Marie Stopes UK please call: 0345 300 8090 - calls are answered
24/7, fill in their enquiry form or request a call back.

Fertility Control Unit (FCU) at St James’ Hospital

(No self-referral to this service- this service is for women with an existing medical condition). FCU provides surgical abortions up to 14 weeks and medical abortions up to 16 weeks for women with one of the following medical conditions:

  • Uncontrolled epilepsy or seizure within last 12 months
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Uncontrolled asthma (hospital admission or oral steroids within the past 3 months)
  • Uncontrolled or symptomatic thyrotoxicosis
  • Symptomatic cardiac disease
  • Current of recent sickle cell crisis
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Hypertension 160/190 maximum
  • Chronic disease with systemic illness- liver, renal, autoimmune, cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bleeding disorders or current anticoagulant therapy

For referrals please call: 0113 206 7135

The service is open Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings for consultation.

If you aren’t sure if you can use this service please contact BPAS or Marie Stopes- an assessment can be made with regards to suitability for treatment.

Include (Women’s Health Matters)

For young women under the age of 19, support with pregnancy choices is available from Include (Women’s Health Matters) 0808 052 5270

More information on abortion can be found here.

Planning to get pregnant?

If you are planning to get pregnant or currently trying to conceive, there are steps you can take to improve the health of your future pregnancy and child.

Use this tool to help: