Founded in 1978 on the faith and teachings of the Catholic Church, Aid for Women reaches out to thousands of women annually throughout the greater Chicagoland area who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies. We operate five pregnancy help centers and and two residential programs (see Locations). Our life-affirming services are offered to clients free-of-charge and include:
Each client is provided with compassionate counseling as well as the emotional, practical and spiritual support she needs to feel empowered and secure in her decision to choose life for her unborn baby. We discuss the development of her baby, abortion procedures and risks, adoption possibilities as well as address the underlying issues which are making her pregnancy difficult. We help the client address these issues, while guiding and supporting her in her pregnancy and in developing a plan for her future and that of her baby.
Following a pregnancy test at one of our centers, a limited obstetrical ultrasound exam is available to the client after the seventh week of pregnancy. The ultrasound exams allows us to determine the fetal age as well as rule out an ectopic pregnancy. The ultrasound exam also allows the client to observe her baby’s heartbeat and movements while we continue to talk about the development of her child.
Our clients come to us with many different material, physical and emotional needs — including housing, food, employment, healthcare and relationship issues. Aid for Women has established partnerships with a network of medical and community agencies, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Presence Resurrection Health Care, which allows us to better address and serve the needs of our clients and their families.
Aid for Women clients are invited to join the Earn While Your Learn Program (EWYL). By participating in this exciting and unique program, clients gain valuable knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and life skills — all while earning new baby items along the way!
Our Moms-to-Be Support Groups meet twice a month and provide an opportunity for our clients to learn, grow and meet other moms, while Aid for Women provides them with ongoing support throughout their pregnancies and beyond.