20 Washington Street
Rutland, VT 05701
When you come to First Step (whether as a walk-in or by appointment), you will fill out an “intake form” with your contact and medical information, as well as the reason for your visit. You will then meet with your Client Advocate, and take a pregnancy test. Depending on the results of your test, you will discuss your options with your client advocate and plan a course of action. Come with your questions and get the info you need. Appointments usually last between 45-60 minutes.
When facing a pregnancy decision, you have 3 options – abortion, adoption, or parenting. All 3 have life-altering ramifications. Take your time and make sure you understand the pros and cons of each decision.
Abortion – While we do not perform or refer for abortion, we will certainly discuss this option with you. Helping you understand the procedures, risks, costs, and consequences of abortion are important for you to know. You also need to be aware of your rights before you have a medical procedure performed on you.
Adoption – Many women (and men) dismiss the idea of adoption, because they couldn’t bear the thought of “giving their baby away”, that it somehow made them a bad parent/person. But adoption is a very loving and good thing to do, as you are giving your child the opportunity to be raised in a way that you could not provide at this time. It is a selfless and sacrificial thing to do and a true expression of a mother’s love. If you want to know more, we will walk with you through the process and connect you with the experts that can help.
Parenting – Giving birth to a new life is just the beginning of this journey called motherhood. There will be joy and laughter, challenges and self-doubt, there will be sleepless nights and wonderful memories. Deciding to parent requires courage, stamina, and a reliable support system. We will assist you in exploring and developing your support system. Will the boyfriend be a part of this child’s life? Are your parents supportive and nearby? Are your friends capable and trustworthy? We will serve as part of your team, and will also direct you to the education and other resources you need.
All services are offered at no cost to our clients. First Step is a non-profit charitable organizations and receives donations from individuals, businesses, churches, and grants to enable us to offer all our services for free.