Anyone who has ever had to make this difficult phone call knows this scene all too well. You are sitting there looking at a screen. “Pregnant?” it asks you; “You are not alone. Call us!” The website seems welcoming, it promises: no judgment and no pressure. So why is this still so hard? It may be difficult because you don’t know what to expect. You may wish you knew what the call would be like. What will they ask you? How long will the call take? You may already be feeling overwhelmed and unsure whether you even want to talk to someone. Let me share a few things that may be helpful.
When you call the Barker pregnancy crisis line, you will be greeted by a licensed pregnancy counselor, not a hired telephone or ichat service. She will be happy to answer all your questions, give you a general overview of the services we provide, or arrange to meet in the next day or two. This call can be as short as setting up a meeting, or more in-depth if you are ready to ask some of your questions right away. Your counselor will let you guide the conversation. She may ask you a few general questions to get a sense of how to best serve you at your initial meeting (should you choose to have one). Our pregnancy counselors are warm, open-minded, and non-judgmental. Our only agenda is to help you make the decision that is best for you, so there truly is no pressure. We have a licensed counselor ready to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Still, you may not be ready to make that call. Sometimes it is just too overwhelming to talk about your situation until you have more information, or have gotten a sense of the person on the other end of the phone. This is why we have a 24 hour texting service available for birth parents, and their families. The same licensed counselors who stand ready to answer your call are also ready to respond to your texts. The service is completely confidential, and allows our birth families a second avenue to get prompt answers to their questions.
Whichever avenue you choose for reaching out to a Barker pregnancy counselor, be assured that we know how difficult making contact can be. We are here to support you in whatever way we can, and provide you with quality services at no charge to you.
Call toll-free 24/7: 1-888-731-6601
Text 24/7: 240-600-1106