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How do you know if you’re ready to become a parent?

The information on this page is intended as a helpful guide only. Always seek out professional medical advice about your specific health situation.

An unexpected pregnancy doesn’t mean your life is over. First, make sure you are pregnant by visiting a doctor, as home pregnancy tests results can be wrong. Once you have confirmation, consider what you want to do. Whatever choice you make, it’s up to you.

Are you definitely pregnant? It’s ok, you have options:
Becoming a parent

Becoming a parent at any age is a really big decision. Ask yourself:

  • Am I ready to be a parent?
  • Am I healthy enough to have a baby?
  • Will I have enough money to support a child?
  • Will I be able to continue with school or work?
  • Where will we live?

Your relationships are an important factor. Raising a child can be challenging at times and you will need a strong support network (like family, friends, boyfriend or partner). 

Pregnant people might ask themselves:

  • Will I raise the child together with the other parent?
  • Will I bring up the child on my own?
  • Are there people who will support me in my decision?
Where to get help
  • If these questions are making you feel a little overwhelmed, consider talking to a counsellor or psychologist
  • You could also contact Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • There are also organisations dedicated to supporting young parents, like Brave. They provide mentorship and advice on topics like navigating payments, financial or housing assistance, applying for childcare, healthy relationships, and caring for your baby.
  • For medical support and advice, see your doctor or head to your local Sexual Health Clinic. Follow the links below to find one near you.

Sexual Health Clinics across Australia:

New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia

Need someone to talk to? Free, confidential support is available.

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