FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IPAC is here to help:
- Anybody who has found themselves pregnant unexpectedly and would like to know, understand, and explore all their options
- Anybody who has experienced pregnancy loss
- Anybody who has been impacted by the termination of a pregnancy
- Anybody whose mental and/or emotional health has been impacted by an unplanned pregnancy
NOTHING! All our services are free.
We are a registered charity (No. 1126108) and all our staff are volunteers. We believe this is a much-needed service, and as we want anybody in need to be able to access this service, all counseling is free-of-charge.
As such, we are sustained through donations to our charity rather than client fees.
For those who do wish to make a donation, this is possible at https://www.give.net/20253886
Everybody reacts differently to miscarriage and abortion. Some don’t even begin to experience symptoms until much later in life, often resulting in being diagnosed with depression, bipolar, anxiety etc rather than exploring grief or post traumatic stress. We are happy to see women (or family members) at any stage in their journey.
Although our service is confidential, there might be occasions when, because of
what you tell us, we feel that either you, or someone else, is at risk of serious harm. In such circumstances we might need to share our concern with your Doctor or the Social Services Department, but we would only do that after we have told you what we propose to say to them. This applies to other professions too eg counselors, doctors, teachers, social workers etc.
You can phone 01978 359645, text 391181, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us through any of our social media accounts.
Everybody is different, and our volunteers are committed to supporting you as long as you need.
We hope so!
Once we hear you are interested, we will find out your availability and match you with the best volunteer for both your situation and schedule.
Although many people might find this easier, we don’t do home visits.
All appointments will be at our offices or in ‘neutral’ places such as a room in a community centre or clinic, or, if appropriate for the nature of the appointment, a public place such as a coffee shop.
It can sometimes take a little time to find somewhere, so please be patient with us while we make arrangements, if this is your situation.
Our offices are in Wrexham on Priory Street in the town centre.
We are only 300m from the main bus station, 300m from Wrexham Central train station, 800m from Wrexham General train station and close to on street and paid parking options.
Priory Street itself is Blue Badge parking only, but there are lots of other options nearby, and from April 2020 council car parks will be free after 3pm, excluding Ty Pawb.
Yes. While many people prefer the confidentiality and freedom of meeting a counselor individually, it is fine to bring somebody if you prefer. In the case of pregnancy support especially, it is often appropriate to bring a partner, although not always. We will never insist on either option.
Yes. All our staff have undergone training, and participate in continued development. They are also all DBS checked.
Our regulatory body is the ACC, and we are affiliated with the ACC, AVOW and the PCN (Pregnancy Centres Network)
No, we don't refer you for an abortion. In this area, access to abortion is through self-referral to a BPAS clinic. The nearest to our Wrexham offices is in Chester. You can find out more at www.bpas.org
We CAN meet with you though, to help you understand and explore your options fully before you make a decision. We can also meet with you afterwards for post-abortion counseling if you feel it would be helpful.
No. At this time we don’t deal with the clinical side of pregnancy at all, but can help you get connected with provision in your area if needed.
Who you tell and when (if anybody!) is entirely your choice, and we understand people often prefer to maintain their privacy. Our service is confidential. We recognise we are a small town, so want you to know that if you do run into us in public, whilst we would be polite and acknowledge/greet you according to your lead, we will never say how we know you.
No. We welcome people of all faiths, or none and our counseling is impartial, client-centred and is not dependent upon or based on faith.