In acknowledging the importance of all pregnant women and their babies, Pregnancy Counselling and Support provides counselling, physical assistance, moral support and information to women in need, and their families, in a caring, accepting environment.
We believe everyone involved in a pregnancy is important: pregnant women and girls, their babies and the fathers involved are entitled to all the help they need - not only good medical care. We treat all people concerned about a pregnancy with respect, regardless of age, culture, belief or gender.
The seeds of our service were planted at a public meeting held in Hobart during 1974 in order to discuss the lack of services and community support for women who had experienced an unexpected pregnancy. The outcome of this meeting was eight women being appointed to a steering committee and given the task of starting a local, not-for-profit support service to ensure that pregnant women received all of the help they needed, not just good medical care.
Over the course of nine months of planning, these women decided on services to be provided, found a location for the service to be run from and consulted with interstate pregnancy support services to develop a model for our constitution and policies.
On Monday August 25th 1975, Pregnancy Support Service began as a telephone counselling service, with the original steering committee becoming our eight founding members. The Lord Mayor of the day, Mr Ron Soundy, provided our first room free of charge in what was then the old Hobart library building (now Hobart’s Maritime Museum).
Although there was no State Government funding available at the time, some federal funding was obtained which assisted in putting our plan into action and paid for our first counselling phone. Eventually we were successful in applying for State Government funding, which has continued as a yearly grant.
When there became a need for face to face counselling it was apparent that the one room we occupied was not suitable, so we found rooms in the unused Matron’s flat in the old Queen Alexandra Hospital in Battery Point.
When the “Queen Alex” moved from Battery Point in the early 80s, the building was made available for the use of Not-for-profit organisations. Our office took over the reception area in the front of the building and the adjoining rooms, which we used for face to face counselling and to store baby and maternity wear for our clients.
In 1988, after the sale of the Queen Alexandria Hospital, we moved to our current location within the McDougall Building in Battery Point.
From 1974 and our original founding members to our current volunteers, the Pregnancy Counselling and Support team remains dedicated to providing a service for pregnant women, unique in Tasmania.