Unplanned Pregnancy

If someone you know finds they are pregnant without planning to be, they may be overwhelmed by conflicting emotions of fear or joy, guilt or anger, all at once. Remember, they are not alone when it comes to exploring their options.

The staff at the University Health Center are committed to respecting personal rights to uphold the moral, religious, and philosophical beliefs dictated by individual conscience, and the right to conduct personal life accordingly.

We hope this resource guide provides guidance and sources of support that will help in making personally satisfying decisions.


Campus Resources


For sexual and reproductive health information, including contraception and decision making, contact the Sexual Health Coordinator:

Camilla Herndon, MPH, CHES
(she, her, hers)


For information on nutrition counseling during pregnancy or about nutrition resources in the community contact:

Beth Kindamo, RDN, LD, CNSC
(she, her, hers)


*The University Health Center does not assume responsibility for quality of services provided by other agencies. The fact that any agency is not mentioned should not be regarded as an indication of disapproval.


Community Resources

The University Health Center is not equipped to provide obstetrical care, which includes prenatal care and delivery. If you are considering adoption or parenthood, prenatal care is necessary to maintain the health of both you and your infant. The following local medical practices provide prenatal care and delivery.


Adoption Services

If you are unable to keep the child, adoption may be an alternative. Many agencies have waiting lists for couples wishing to adopt infants. As you consider this option, think about the emotional and physical impact of the nine-month pregnancy, labor and delivery, and how it may affect your ability to give the baby to someone else. Examine emotional, family, and economic resources as you explore the options best suited for you and the baby. This adoption resource provides information and guidance about area adoption agencies and adoptive issues.

Department of Human Services
Contact: Michael Simmons


Abortion Services

Abortion is legal in the United States up to the 24th week of pregnancy. As you consider this option, think about your feelings, beliefs, and attitudes concerning this procedure. Most abortions are provided during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (first trimester). Abortions provided during the first trimester are safer and less expensive than abortions later in pregnancy. Ask staff to describe their services and clarify any concerns you have about the procedure and the clinic you are considering. Do not hesitate to call and ask for references.


Sexual Health Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Contraception