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Continued pregnancy supports

If you decide to continue with your pregnancy, you may need ongoing support.

Some of the supports you may need include:

  • emotional support - for example, unplanned pregnancy counselling
  • medical services for your baby and for yourself
  • benefits and entitlements that can offer support with finances and housing
  • supports with parenting

Unplanned pregnancy counselling

You can call us and talk to one of our professional and experienced counsellors. We can also give you information on free face-to-face counselling.

During an unplanned pregnancy counselling session, the counsellor will help you to explore how you feel about becoming a parent.

Call the My Options freephone line

My Options is a HSE freephone line that provides free and confidential counselling to people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

We're here to help.

Information and counselling:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Freephone: 1800 828 010

If you are outside of the Republic of Ireland, phone +353 59 916 5066

Find out more about unplanned pregnancy support services

Medical services — antenatal care

Antenatal care is the care you get during your pregnancy from healthcare professionals. It’s sometimes called maternity care or pregnancy care.

If you think you are pregnant, you can visit your GP (family doctor) or contact your local maternity unit or hospital. They can give you information on the antenatal care options available to you.

Antenatal care is free from public maternity hospitals. GP care may also be free while you are pregnant, but you need to check with your GP.

Antenatal and maternity care options

Benefits and entitlements

You and your partner can get benefits and supports during and after pregnancy.

These include:

  • antenatal classes
  • maternity and paternity leave
  • maternity benefit
  • child benefit

Benefits and entitlements for parents and children

Supports with parenting

If you decide to become a parent, you can get advice and support on — the HSE's guide to pregnancy, baby and toddler health.

If you are worried about the impact that pregnancy and parenting might have on your mental health, you can get advice, information and support on


ParentLine is a confidential helpline offering support, guidance and information for parents and guardians.

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm
  • Friday: 10am to 4pm

Phone: 01 873 3500


Treoir provides an information service for unmarried parents. The service is free and confidential.

It is for all types of unmarried parents, whether you and your partner are:

  • living together
  • living apart
  • both opposite sex
  • both same-sex

Treoir also provides information to:

  • families of unmarried parents
  • those working with unmarried parents

Make an appointment and get free advice:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Phone: 01 670 0120

Young parents

The Young Parent Survival Guide published by Treoir is a helpful guide for parents-to-be and new parents.

It includes tips on:

  • sharing your news
  • maternity services
  • parenting tips
  • benefits and entitlements
  • continuing your education

Young Parents Survival Guide -

Teen Parents Support Programme

The Teen Parents Support Programme provides emotional and practical support and information for young parents.

Contact the National Coordinator on 01 670 0167 or

Teen Parents Support Programme -

One-parent families

One Family offer supports and services for one-parent family members.

Ask One Family helpline

Ask One Family is a helpline by One Family for advice on:

  • social welfare entitlements and issues
  • family law issues
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • employment
  • childcare
  • parenting
  • counselling services and community supports
  • listening support for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family life

You can contact Ask One Family:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm

Phone: 01 662 9212

Ask One Family helpline -

Page last reviewed: 16 June 2022
Next review due: 16 June 2025