The emotional and physical health issues during a pregnancy can seem overwhelming. At SVSU, we will make every effort to provide you with a supportive environment intended to assure caring, confidential, non-judgmental, professional assistance and to support others affected by the pregnancy as well.
We realize that some women look forward to the day when they learn they are pregnant, and others never intend to become pregnant at all. Sometimes, however, unanticipated events occur. An unprotected sexual encounter or a failed contraceptive may have resulted in an unintended pregnancy. If you find you are pregnant without planning to be, you may be overwhelmed by conflicting emotions of fear or joy, guilt or anger, all at once. With an unintended pregnancy, such preoccupation is normal. It is a major turning point in your life, and you may be facing some very difficult decisions. Remember, you are not alone when it comes to exploring your options. There are other individuals who will provide you with medical, emotional, and social services. They will offer support and information to help you make personally acceptable decisions.
The staff of The Student Counseling Center will help you maintain your health and well-being during this sensitive period of your life and provide information to assist you with decisions. We will respect your right to uphold the moral, religious, and philosophical beliefs your conscience dictates, and the right to conduct your personal life accordingly. Consultation with your clinician, as well as awareness of and access to the resources available, will help you make informed decisions regarding the pregnancy.
Planning for the future when faced with pregnancy may involve some difficult personal choices. However, a thoughtful decision, based on sound information and a consideration of all options, will help you take control of your life, and will be a positive step for you now and in the future. We hope this resource guide provides you with guidance and sources of support that will help you make personally satisfying decisions.
The goal of the University is to provide a comprehensive support team that emphasizes caring and personal respect. There are many resources available to you that will assist you in continuing toward your academic goals.
The Student Counseling Center does not assume responsibility for the quality of services provided by other agencies. The fact that any agency is not mentioned should not be regarded as an indication of disapproval.
If you have additional, questions, concerns or need assistance at any time, please feel free to call The Student Counseling Center at 964-7078 or University Health Center at (989) 583-0285 .
The University Health Center provides inexpensive, confidential pregnancy testing. Call (989) 583-0285 to make an appointment. The University Health Center can help arrange referrals with off-campus providers and answer questions about what to expect during pregnancy.
Counseling Services provides neutral, non-judgemental emotional support for students coping with a planned or unplanned pregnancy. Call 964-7078 to make an appointment. Counseling Services can help arrange referrals with off-campus providers if ongoing support or specialized care is needed.
Federal guidelines state that your unborn baby could be considered a dependent during pregnancy. This means that you may be eligible for more financial aid. Call the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 964-4103 to discuss your options. You will have to update your FAFSA by visiting http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ When you have finished updating the FAFSA, your application will be re-processed, and you will be contacted if you are eligible for any more financial aid.