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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 unexpected pregnancy, you deserve the care and attention provided by our trained, compassionate support workers. 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.

Mouse over the butterflies to see what our clients say about us.
"It's good to know I have some extra support and will for sure let you know at anytime if I need to talk. Please keep in touch. You are very good at what you do and should never give up on that. Thank you for everything." - Melissa, by email
"The information on adoption was particularly helpful and talking about it in this setting brings a lot of peace in mind." - Abby
"We wanted to thank you so much for your lovely card and the candle. It meant a lot. As you advised we named the baby, because we didn't know if it was a boy or girl we chose Jody-Lynn. We burned the candle last night. It was a consoling moment. But we both feel a lot better and on our way. I wanted to thank you so much for everything you have done for... the both of us." - Carol, after experiencing a miscarriage
"I just want to say that if it wasn’t for your help, we could not have had this baby. I was so overwhelmed and had nothing for baby and you supplied everything we needed which took the pressure off. Thanks to you I can’t wait to meet my little boy." - Susan "Thank you for being there and all the help, information and support you gave me. Without you I wouldn't have made an informed decision. I wouldn't have my little girl right now and I couldn't imagine my life without her." - Jane, who struggled with the decision whether to terminate her unexpected pregnancy

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 support worker, please call for an appointment.

Make First Step your first choice!

All of the services of First Step Options are free and confidential. 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 do not provide or assist in arranging for abortions.