I’M PREGNANT. WHAT NOW?
You have options. To get help and advice about all of your pregnancy options, including prenatal care, adoption, and abortion, contact one of these resources:
If you think you might be pregnant, you can buy a home pregnancy test or visit a clinician’s office for testing. Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and can be more convenient than scheduling an appointment. However, if you take a home pregnancy test and it is positive, you should schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider right away.
During your initial visit, you should talk with your provider about your desires for this pregnancy. In general, you have three options: becoming a parent, having an abortion, or placing the child up for adoption. Counseling and medical care related to these options can be found at the resources above.
If you are considering visiting a clinic, be sure to ask if they are licensed medical providers and if they offer information and services related to all pregnancy options. Some clinics, called crisis pregnancy centers or limited service pregnancy centers, offer pregnancy testing and sometimes provide ultrasounds, but they are not licensed medical providers and may not share with you all of your options.
Keep in mind, a medical provider should never pressure you into making a decision about your pregnancy. If you need help finding a local provider, click here to search for a provider near you.
- Your primary ob-gyn (or click here to find a provider near you)
- The Women’s Option Center: Information available on their website or call (808) 203-6561 to make an appointment
- Contact your local Planned Parenthood
- If you have baby-related or pregnancy questions, The MotherCare Line is a free phone line that offers a helpful, personal response to your questions about what to expect during pregnancy, or how to find information to make your pregnancy as healthy as possible.
- Click here for a list of counseling hotlines that offer unbiased, supportive advice.
- Keep in mind that some sites might portray themselves as Women’s Health Clinics or Comprehensive Women’s Health Clinics, but focus on options for keeping your pregnancy. These sites are not staffed by medical professionals, and do not discuss abortion as an option or strongly discourage women from pursuing this option. Services these sites might offer include:
- Baby clothes
Reality Check: What is the cost of having a baby in Hawaii?
These are the estimated expenses from the beginning of a pregnancy through the first year of a baby’s life:
Childcare services $600/month x 6 months = $3,600
Diaper expenses: $1,264
- Medical expenses without insurance: $16,963
(use this link to calculate your medical bills using your insurance)
- Prenatal care before insurance $2,000
- Prenatal vitamins $9/mo x 8 mo = $72
- Delivery and newborn care before insurance $14,891
Nursing and feeding: $1,680
- Disposable diapers $72/mo x 12mo = $864
- Wipes $20/mo x 12mo = $240
- Diaper bag $40
- Changing table $120
Clothing $60/mo x 12mo = $720
Bedroom supplies: $889
- Breastfeeding equipment $400
- Formula $105/mo x 6mo = $630
- Bottles $200
- Solid foods $60/mo x 6mo = $360
- Feeding supplies $90
- Pacifiers $10
Bathroom supplies: $270
- Crib $230
- Crib mattress $100
- Hamper $25
- Bedding and blankets $64
- Baby monitor $50
- Toys/books $35/mo x 12mo = $420
- Infant bathtub $20
- Baby washcloths $10
- Toiletries $20/mo x 12mo = $240
- Infant car seat $100
- Convertible car seat $150
- Stroller $150
- Front carrier $60
TOTAL EXPENSES* $25,846
*This total includes medical expenses if you were to pay out-of-pocket without insurance.
If you are considering trying to become pregnant, you should start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid. You should also talk to your healthcare provider about your medical conditions and medicines you are taking so that your pregnancy can be as healthy as possible.
If you don’t want to become pregnant, you should use a birth control method. Find the birth control method that is right for you.
HAWAII SAFE HAVEN LAWS
Safe Haven Baby Laws, also known as Safe Surrender, exist to allow an individual to give up their baby and leave it with a responsible adult at a designated location and walk away no questions asked. Each state has variations of this law, and in Hawaii, a person may leave their unharmed baby, up to 3 days old, at a hospital, fire station, or police station with no fear of arrest or prosecution. Currently, there is a confidential Safe Haven Hotline set up (1-888-510-BABY) that a parent can call to receive counseling and get details on the address and directions to the closest safe haven in their area.
For a full copy of Hawaii Revised Statute 709 902, click here