We’re here to help

We realize that you’re probably feeling a lot of different things right now. You may be confused, angry, sad, or scared. Or, you may not know what to feel! That’s OK, too. The good news is there are a lot of people in Louisiana who want to help you.

Here are some answers to some questions that you might have, along with a bunch of resources in Louisiana that can help you with anything from health services, food assistance, housing, and more.  Click on the questions or statements below to reveal additional information.

What is a pregnancy center, and how can it help me?

A pregnancy center is a local, non-profit organization designed to help those facing an unplanned pregnancy. All services are free, professional, and confidential.

The services offered by a center vary, but generally, pregnancy centers offer free pregnancy tests, counseling services, ultrasounds, adoption assistance, family assistance referrals, and much more.

Many financial and material resources are available to those facing unplanned pregnancies, and pregnancy centers are eager to connect you with those resources. If you are pregnant and in need of help, we strongly encourage you to find a center near you.

In Louisiana, Use the Search Box Above to Find a Center Near You

Outside Louisiana, Find a Center Near You at Option Line

Call The Option Line Hotline at 1.800.712.4357 to Find a Center Near You Both in Louisiana and Across the Nation

What financial and material resources are available to me?

We understand caring for a baby can be expensive and that you might not feel equipped to handle the financial responsibilities. Fortunately, there are a number of assistance programs that will help for free. For summaries of a few programs, read below.

Please contact your local pregnancy center or call 1.800.251.2229 to learn more.

LaMOMS
The LaMOMS program is a free health care coverage program that pregnant women can access regardless of whether they are single or married. LaMOMS can cover the cost of doctor appointments, hospital visits, and other related medical expenses associated with prenatal care, childbirth delivery, and care for your newborn baby. Please contact your nearest pregnancy center to learn how to obtain these free services.

Click here to visit LaMOMS online.

LOUISIANA WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
The Louisiana WIC program can help you with basic food needs for you and your baby. Contact your local pregnancy center to learn more.

You also can visit Louisiana WIC online by clicking here.

LOUISIANA CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program can help you pay for child care for your baby. Please contact your nearest pregnancy center to learn how to sign up for The Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program.

Click here to visit The Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program online.

Where can I get a free pregnancy test or ultrasound?

Most local pregnancy centers across the state provide free pregnancy tests and/or ultrasounds to women. Please contact your nearest pregnancy center for more information. Just enter your zip code in the search box above and the closest pregnancy center’s information will come up.

Social Service Organizations

  • United Way
    • Dial 211
    • 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community: basic human needs, physical and mental health, employment support, senior and disability support, youth and family support.
  • Department of Children and Family Services
    • [email protected]
    • 1-888-524-3578
    • The Department of Children & Family Services works to meet the needs of Louisiana’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Partners for Healthy Babies
    • 1-800-251-2229
    •  Connects Louisiana moms and their families to health and pregnancy resources, services and information
  • Catholic Charities
    • Need Local Numbers 703-549-1390
    • The Mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of goodwill to do the same: housing, advocacy services, mental and physical health, food assistance, disaster relief, and more.
  • Volunteers of America
    • Find help near you | Volunteers of America (voa.org) (703) 341-5000
    • Legacy of responding to the needs of at-risk youth, the elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and those recovering from addiction.
  • Louisiana Services Network Data Consortium
    • LSNDC is the Louisiana Services Network Data Consortium.   We are a statewide network that is broken up into ten regions. Each of the ten regions have Continua of Care (collection of nonprofit agencies) that are dedicated to empowering nonprofit agencies in Louisiana whose mission is to serve the homeless population of our state. The primary purpose of the LSNDC System is to provide a client and service data management tool to aid the ten regional Continua of Care to end homelessness in Louisiana. Currently, LSNDC has a vast number of agencies that provide all types of services to families and individuals.

Basic Needs: Food, Clothing, Vouchers

State

  • Partners for Healthy Babies  1-800-251-2229
  • LA CAFE
    • 1-888-524-3578
    • Apply online for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly Food Stamps), the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), or the Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP), or Child Support Enforcement services
  • Louisiana WIC Program 800-251-BABY
    • WIC is healthy food, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and help with keeping YOUR family healthy! WIC can even link you to other health and social services. A Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is open to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have already delivered. Infants and children up to their fifth birthday may also receive benefits.
  • Apply for SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) 1-888-524-3578
    • SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

Acadiana

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

North

Southwest

  • Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana 337-439-7436
  • Volunteers of America Lake Charles and Southwest LA Regional Office (337) 497-0034
  • The Salvation Army Lake Charles (337) 721-8068
  • Boulevard Baptist Mission Center 540-3783
  • Great St. Mary Missionary 494-7945
  • Shephard’s Inn Outreach of United Christian Fellowship 433-9442
  • Abraham’s Tent 721-7211
  • Christian World 475-0157
  • Glad Tidings 564-7177
  • Saint Luke Simpson (Manna Ministries) 802-3729
  • New Sunlight 436-8965
  • Church of Christ 439-9761
  • Church of the King 477-8890
  • Seventh Day Adventist 478-8353
  • Greater St. Mary Missionary 494-7945
  • Saints Cathedral Church of God in Christ 439-8680
  • Waters Edge 478-3305
  • Faith & Friends Food Pantry
  • Westlake United Methodist Church 433-8424
  • Shepherd’s Inn Outreach of United Christian Fellowship Church 433-9442
  • Christian Life Church- Foundation of Hope
  • SC3- Sulphur Christian Community Coalition 287-0483

Free Or Low-Cost Legal Services

State

Acadiana

Central

  • Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc. 318-449-9778

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

Baby Supplies

For baby supplies, we recommend contacting your local pregnancy center first to see what they can provide and what options they can recommend in your area. Search for your local center at the top of this page!

Other Baby Supply Resources:

State

Acadiana

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

Northwest

  • National Diaper Bank Member – Shreveport: Basic Necessities 318.751.0851
  • Car Seat Assistance Program 318-357-7171

What are my legal rights?

You can’t be forced.
It is unlawful for anyone to make you have an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor. In fact, forcing a minor to have an abortion is considered child abuse. If you are a minor being forced into making a particular decision, you can report it by calling the Child Protection Hotline at 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437). The call is free, and the hotline operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Click here to visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s Woman’s Right to Know website for more information on this topic.

You and the father.
The father of your child must provide support of the child, even if he has offered to pay for an abortion. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) can help you locate your child’s father and determine whether he is the father. DCFS can also help establish and enforce child support orders and collection as well as distribution of child support payments. To learn more about Child Enforcement Services, click here or call the customer service center at 888.524.3578.

You and adoption.
The law allows adoptive parents to pay costs of prenatal care, childbirth and newborn care.

Click here to visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s Woman’s Right to Know website for more information on this topic.

You are not alone.
Many agencies are willing to help you carry your child to term and to assist after your child’s birth. This includes access to health care services for mother and baby, supplies, healthy food items, nutrition education and in-home support.

Click here to visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s Woman’s Right to Know website for more information on this topic.

Contact your local pregnancy center for more information and direction if you have questions or concerns about your legal rights.

Mentorship & Education Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Moms

State

Acadiana

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

Northeast

Northwest

Southeast

 

Housing Assistance & Shelter

State

Acadiana

  • Lighthouse (Reeves, LA) 337-666-2678
  • Women’s Center of Lafayette 337-289-9366
  • Faith House 800.411.1333
  • St. Marguerite d’Youville Maternity Home 1-877-849-6636
  • New Life Center 337.948.3161
  • Emily’s House (Catholic Charities of Acadiana) 1-337-310-4636

Bayou

Central

Greater New Orleans

  • Covenant House 504.584.1111
  • St. Vincent’s Maternity Clinic (504) 837-6346
  • Hotel Hope, (504) 233-4760
  • New Orleans Mission, (504) 523-2116
  • New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter (504) 899-4589
  • Giving Hope (504) 940-1592
  • Northlake Homeless Coalition 985-326-8312
  • Family Promise of St. Tammany 985-201-7221
  • New Orleans Mission (Lacombe) 504-638-5435
  • Covenant House (New Orleans) 504-584-1111
  • Salvation Army (New Orleans) 504-899-4569
  • Baptist Friendship House (504) 949-4469
  • Community Action Center – Covington (985) 893.3923
  • Community Action Agency – Slidell (985) 646.2090
  • Covington Housing Authority (Rentals): (985) 898.0345
  • Family Promise of St. Tammany (985) 201.7221
  • Habitat for Humanity (Ownership) (985) 201.7221
  • Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home (318) 343.2244
  • Maple Ridge (985) 898.0225
  • Northlake Homeless Coalition (985) 626-6681
  • Savannah Smiles Manor (985) 690.7444
  • Caring Center (985) 646.1368, (985) 640.0803
  • Covenant House (504) 584.1111
  • Serenity House: (985) 351.1879

Northwest

  • Heart of Hope (located near Shreveport) 318-925-4663
  • Low income Home Energy Asst Program 437-3560
  • Saint Luke Simpson 802-3729
  • Providence House for homeless women with children

Central

Southwest

  • Harbour House (ages 3-17) 433-6739
  • Grace Ministries (women & Children) 433-6952
  • Lighthouse (Pregnant needing a home) 337-666-2678
  • Potter’s House (women & children) 477-1116
  • LA Red Cross 478-5122
  • TLP-male/female homeless youth(ages17-21) 337-419-1904
  • Women’s Shelter (Oasis) (battered women) 436-4552
  • June Jenkins Women’s Shelter (DeRidder) 337-462-6504 (hotline) or 462-1452

Health Services & Support

State

Acadiana

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

North

Southwest

Counseling for Women and Families

Acadiana

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

North

Southwest

Domestic Violence and Rape Resources and Shelters

State

National

  • Domestic Violence Hotline 866-231-4568
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org 800-799-7233
  • National Domestic Abuse Shelter Hotline 1-888-411-1333
  • Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network rainn.org 800-656-4673
  • Oasis Sexual Assault Hotline 866-570-7273
  • Faith House: Domestic Violence Crisis Center 1-888-411-1333

Acadiana

  • Caddo (location of shelter – Jennings, LA) 1-337-616-8418
  • June Jenkins House (location of shelter; DeRidder) 337-462-6504- hotline 337-462-1452 (O)
  • Chez Hope (location of shelter – Franklin) 1-337-828-4200
  • Bayou The Haven (location of shelter – Houma) 1-985-853-0045

Greater Baton Rouge

  • Butterfly Society (225) 347-7725
  • Iris Domestic Violence Shelter – (225) 389-3001
  • Family Safe Haven (225) 239-7880
  • Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge (225) 924-0123
  • Iris (location of shelter – Baton Rouge) 1-225-389-3001
  • The Compassionate Friends, Inc. 225-939-6518

Greater New Orleans

North

  • Project Celebration www.projectcelebration.com 318-256-6242
  • Taylor House 318-256-3408
  • Crime Victims Assistance Program 318-238-7550
  • Rape Crisis Outreach – Oasis 436-4552
  • Faith House 1-318-448-0884 (Rapides Office) 1-337-232-8954 (Lafayette Office)
  • Taylor House (location of shelter – Many) 1-318-256-3403

Northeast

  • Wellspring (location of shelter – Monroe) 1-318-323-1505
  • DART-(shelter in Ruston) 24 hours/Emergency Shelter Contact Person – Amanda (outreach person) – 318-787-1053 or 318-627-5575

Northwest

  • Hillman House (location of shelter – Shreveport) 1-318-226-5015

Southwest

  • Oasis (location of shelter – Lake Charles) 1-337-436-4552

Addiction or Suicide Intervention

National

  • Suicide Hotline/Veterans Crisis 800-273-8255
  • IOP Addiction Treatment Center 1-866-821-6439
  • National Smoking cessation 1800QUITNOW 784-8669
  • Suicide prevention 911 or 800-273-TALK (8255) or 800-SUICIDE 784-2433

Acadiana

Central

  • New Creation Restoration program 318-645-2785
  • Celebrate Recovery (email: [email protected]) 480-1555

Greater Baton Rouge

  • Crisis Intervention Center 225-924-1431
  • Crisis Intervention Center (Suicide Hotline) 225-924-3900
  • Baton Rouge Substance Abuse Treatment 1-225-325-3751
  • Behavioral Services of LA LLC 225-929-9738
  • Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Baton Rouge 225-356-7030
  • Capital Area Recovery Program 225-922-3169
  • Reality House (Baton Rouge) – rehab for preg women (lahealthandrehab.com) 225-231-2490

Greater New Orleans

Northeast

Central

  • Chemical Dependency Council – rehab for pregnant women ([email protected]) 318-484-6774(intake), 318-484-6491

Northwest

  • Brentwood Outreach (Shreveport) (has program for pregnant women- behavioral hospital) 877-678-7500
  • C.A.D.A (Bossier City) – rehab for pregnant women (cadanwla.org) 318-747-1211(intake), 318-525-9441
    Southwest New Beginnings Lake Charles 877-855-9773

Maternity Homes in Louisiana

There are three:

  • Baton Rouge Area:
    Sellers Maternity Ministries
    13758 Denham Road
    Baton Rouge, LA 70818
    225.261.8886 or 800.859.0046
    Sellers Maternity Ministries is for teenage unwed mothers.
  • Lafayette Area:
    St. Marguerite d’Youville Maternity Home
    1331 Jefferson St.
    Lafayette, LA 70501
    877.849.6636
    St. Marguerite d’Youville Maternity Home is for homeless pregnant women.
  • Shreveport Area:
    Heart of Hope – A Sanctuary for Women
    10420 Heart of Hope Way
    Keithville, LA 71047
    318.925.4663
    Heart of Home – A Sanctuary for Women houses pregnant teens and women ages 11-23.

Prenatal Diagnosis Resources

Disability support organizations

National

State

Acadiana

  • Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana www.dsaa.info 337-234-3109

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

  • Autism Society of Greater Baton Rouge (225) 221-7873
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Group of Baton Rouge 225-588-2353

Greater New Orleans

North

  • Discovering Downs with NELA 318-540-3572, 318-381-2301
  • Up with Downs www.upwithdowns.com 318-797-8575

Southwest

  • Up4Downs of Southwest Louisiana up4downswla.org 337-582-6138, 337-309-7530

 

Pregnancy or infant loss support

 

What about adoption?

We understand if you are not ready to take on the full responsibilities of parenthood. We encourage you to consider the option of adoption. Placing a child for adoption is rarely an easy decision. Counseling and support services are a key part of adoption and are available from a variety of adoption agencies and parent support groups across the state. There are many ways to adopt, including through a public or private agency or through a private attorney. One type of adoption, known as an open adoption, permits the woman to choose the adoptive parents. Fully anonymous adoption is also available.

To find out more, please call the state’s Pregnancy Hotline at 1.800.251.2229 or contact the pregnancy center closest to you for an adoption agency recommendation.

Adoption Agencies throughout Louisiana:

What about the father?

The father of a child has a legal responsibility to provide for the support, educational, medical and other needs of a child. That duty can include child support payments to the child’s mother. Paternity can be established in either of two ways:

  1. The father can acknowledge the child by signing the birth certificate and a written declaration before a notary public and two witnesses; or
  2. An action can be brought in court

For more information on child support and paternity testing, please contact either the state’s Health Pregnancy Hotline at 1.800.251.2229 or contact the National Paternity Hotline at 1.800.798.0580.

How are abortions done?

When you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, there is so much happening in your life that you may find it difficult to think clearly. However, if you are considering abortion, it is important you understand all that the various procedures entail.

Emergency Contraception

All forms of emergency contraception, i.e. “Plan B,” “Ella,”, etc., act in three ways: they stop ovulation, block sperm from joining with an egg, or prevent a newly fertilized egg from implanting — which can be considered an early abortion. If you just found out you are pregnant and are considering one of these, we encourage you to contact the pregnancy center closest to you for advice.

For more information on Ella, click here.

For more information on Plan B or the “morning after pill, click here.

Medication Abortion (RU-486 / Mifepristone) “Abortion Pill”

RU 486 abortions are a two-step procedure, generally requiring three trips to an abortion facility. RU 486 is authorized by the FDA to be administered up to the 49th day LMP (six- or seven-week-old fetus). In the first trip to the abortion facility, a woman takes the first pill (RU-486 or mifepristone) to block the hormone progesterone that maintains the uterus’ nutrient lining during pregnancy. Once the uterus is compromised, the embryo starves and dies. Two days later, the woman returns to the abortion facility for a second drug, misoprostol, to initiate uterine contractions. Most women will expel the dead embryo within four hours of taking the second drug. The final visit must take place one to two weeks later to ensure that the abortion has taken place. If it hasn’t, a surgical abortion will then be required.

Surgical Abortion Procedures

Suction Aspiration Abortion (between 4-13 weeks after last menstrual period
A suction aspiration abortion is done throughout the first trimester. Depending upon the provider, varying degrees of pain control are offered, ranging from local anesthetic to full general anesthesia. In a suction aspiration abortion, the cervix needs to be opened wider to complete the procedure. This may require a two-day process where medications are placed in the vagina, or a thin rod is inserted into the cervix to gradually soften and open the cervix overnight. The day of the procedure, the doctor may need to further stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Next, the doctor inserts a plastic tube into the uterus and turns on the suction (vacuum) machine. The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped tool called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus.

To view a medical diagram of a suction aspiration abortion, click here.

Dilation and Extraction Abortion (D&E) (14-24 weeks after last menstral period
An abortion using the D&E method is done in two steps: dilation (opening the cervix) and evacuation (emptying) the uterus. To dilate the cervix, sponge-like material is inserted into the cervix a one-three days prior to the procedure. As the sponge gets wet, it swells and opens the mouth of the cervix. Sometimes, other oral or vaginal medications are used to further soften the cervix. On the day of the procedure, after anesthesia is given (local or general), the cervix is further stretched open using metal rods. Once dilated, forceps (used for grasping and pulling) or a curette (sharp tool used for cutting) are used to removed the child from the uterus.

To view a medical diagram of a D&E abortion at 14 weeks, click here.

To view a medical diagram of a D&E abortion at 23 weeks, click here.

Abortion Recovery & Healing

  • A Difficult Choice ADifficultChoice.com 
  • Abortion Recovery & Healing (Louisiana) www.lahope.net 985-643-4357
  • Project Rachel Baton Rouge 225-267-4673
  • Project Rachel New Orleans 504-885-1141
  • Project Rachel Lafayette 337-261-5607

Examples of Financial, Education, and Employment Assistance

Money Smart

State

Acadiana

Bayou

Central

Greater Baton Rouge

Greater New Orleans

North

  • Catholic Charities of North Louisiana www.ccnla.org 318-865-0200
  • Volunteers of America North Louisiana (318) 221-2669
  • WIOA Youth Program (ages 17-24) 318-315-3100
  • Natchitoches Career Solutions Center 318-209-4524
  • Manpower 318-356-0482
  • ProTemp Staffing 318-228-8862
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission/ Natchitoches American Job Center 318-357-3147
  • Ben D Johnson Educational Center
    Free 16 week program for age 17-24 318-460-7460
  • NSU Scholarship for Single Mothers 318-357-4248
  • CLTCC (GED) 318-487-5443
  • Early Steps 318-487-1165
  • Rapides Career Solutions Center 318-767-6003

Southwest

Not finding a center or resource on this site?

  • Louisiana Department of Health’s Abortion Alternatives Hotline, call 866.729.1788.
  • Louisiana Department of Health’s Abortion Making a Decision Pamphlet: (Click here to view the PDF)
  • Louisiana’s Pregnancy Hotline, call 1.800.251.2229
  • To find centers outside Louisiana, visit www.OptionLine.org