Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling

Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling

Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling

Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling


Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling is written for professionals who give information and support to women deciding whether to terminate or continue with their pregnancy. The authors provide a comprehensive review of the social, moral and legal issues surrounding contraception and abortion and offer clear guidelines for establishing good practice.Illustrated throughout with case examples the book includes detailed information on*current legislation*methods of abortion*stages of foetal development*screening for foetal abnormality*client confidentiality and consent*ethical considerationsThis book is relevant to many health professionals, including doctors, health visitors, midwives and nurses as well as those involved in community work and counselling.


This book came into being through chance. We met at the 1993 British Association of Counselling Annual Training Conference and realized that we had much in common when we both attended the same three workshops out of a choice of ninety.

On the train journey back from Cardiff to London, fortuitously much delayed, we ended up sitting next to each other and shared our thoughts and feelings about our jobs and involvement with unwanted pregnancy.

Joanna had worked as a senior counsellor for fifteen years and, as well as counselling young people, was much concerned with improving practice, supervision and support for counsellors at London Brook. London Brook is a non-statutory voluntary organization for young people:

The objectives of London Brook Advisory Centres (LBAC) are the prevention and mitigation of the suffering caused by unwanted pregnancy, by educating young persons in matters of sex and contraception and developing among them a sense of responsibility in regard to sexual behaviour.

(London Brook: 1995)

At present there are seventeen centres spread throughout the capital. Venues vary from standard clinic sites to clinics held in a college, youth centres, a day centre for the homeless and a genito-urinary clinic. Over 15,000 young people visited London Brook last year.

Ida had been working with young people for a much shorter time. She had worked as a doctor at the Brandon Centre for two years. The Brandon Centre (formerly the London Youth Advisory Centre) is a well-established community-based clinic located in a large Victorian house in Kentish Town in London. Another voluntary, non-statutory agency, it is altogether a much smaller organization than Brook (570 people had appointments at the centre last year). It offers a complimentary service to young people with an emphasis given to individual psychotherapeutic work. The Brandon Centre service extends to a wide range of adolescent problems:

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