serving the Upper Ottawa Valley

First Step Options is a pregnancy resource centre in Pembroke, Ontario.
We offer confidential services free of charge to our clients.


If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you deserve the care and attention provided by our trained, compassionate peer counsellors. You don’t need someone to tell you what to do, but you do need support and truthful, complete information so you can be proud of your decisions, even a lifetime later. We provide information on all options, in a caring and respectful way. Info for men here.
All of the services of First Step Options Centre are free and confidential. We care for anyone regardless of marital status, age, race, or religion. No judgments are made and no strings are attached. Our focus is not on the past, but on the future.

Clients’ Comments

"very caring staff"
"very supportive and friendly people"
"the staff made me feel very comfortable"
"I was impressed with the understanding and the caring nature of the counsellors"
Our staff includes trained volunteers. The information we provide is not intended as a substitute for professional counselling. We are not a medical clinic and do not offer medical advice or services. We don’t provide abortion referrals.

Other Services

Maybe your pregnancy was planned, but you’ve had test results that indicate your baby isn’t healthy or “normal”.
Maybe your desired pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
Maybe you’re delighted with your pregnancy, but you need support along the journey.
Or maybe you ended a pregnancy by abortion, but are struggling with your decision.
No matter what your situation is, you need to know that you can get through it with dignity and integrity - not just surviving but also becoming a stronger person.
If you have questions or would like to talk with a counsellor, please call for an appointment.

Make First Step your first choice!