Pregnancy counselling expands across the state

NOT-FOR-PROFIT agency Pregnancy Counselling and Support Tasmania (PCSTas) is continuing to expand its reach, with its current telephone counselling service now extended to all regions in Tasmania.

PCSTas is a not-for-profit pregnancy support agency, offering person-centred counselling and practical assistance for women, men and families experiencing distress or difficulties due to pregnancy or pregnancy loss.

The agency’s telephone counselling service now features a ‘video chat’ option (by appointment) for those who live in a remote area but wish to connect face to face.

PCSTas president Rachel Bradley said this improvement in the service was made possible with additional funding and support from Primary Health Services.

“To complement our new statewide service, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a ‘Making a Decision’ booklet that will be supplied to GPs statewide,” she said.

“The booklet is designed to be used as a tool for self-reflection for women who wish to take time to consider the options of parenting, pregnancy termination and adoption.

“It is based on the principles of person-centred counselling and allows for self-direction, self-determination and respecting a woman’s ability to make her own decision.”

In providing support to pregnant women in Tasmania, Ms Bradley said PCSTas had also been busy with producing a Pregnancy and Parenting Information Pack.

“PCSTas recognises the need for a resource list for pregnant women and new mothers, as many women are unaware of the support that is available for them or how to find relevant information,” she said.

“The PCSTas information pack contains statewide information on government and community services and groups that offer support to expectant and new mothers.

“It also has helpful tips on what is needed for mother and baby during hospital stays.”

To speak to a counsellor, phone the PCSTas confidential counselling service on 6224 2291 at any time.

For more information, to find out more about volunteering in your area or to receive a free Information Pack or Making a Decision booklet, contact the PCSTas office on phone 6224 2291 between 10am and 2pm on weekdays, by email at admin@pcstas.org.au or visit the  Facebook page or website at www.pcstas.org.au.

Caption: Pregnancy Counselling and Support Tasmania employees sorting baby clothes.

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