Birthright has a free assistance in the form of Field Service. This is a support system for women who have none. We believe that many women are forced to make unhealthy decisions because they have no one to turn to for support.
Field Service does not take the place of family or social support. However, it does provide an atmosphere in which a woman does not have to feel alone because she is pregnant, where what she thinks and what she feels are important, where she can begin to gain self-awareness, and where she can get honest, impartial, but caring feedback. Only in such an atmosphere can informed and realistic decisions be made and subsequently carried out.
Field Service volunteers work in pairs. This is helpful in getting two perspectives and in sharing information. Visits can be made weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the woman’s needs or desire. Reports are made to the Birthright office to inform the referring Birthright professional counselor what was discussed, what was decided, how the volunteers felt the time went, how the woman was feeling, whether she had necessary resources, and how life in general was going for her. The volunteers meet with the referring Birthright counselor periodically to review the case.
The Field Service volunteer is not a savior. She cannot change every inequity in life. She tries only to assist the woman in becoming more aware of who she is and where her life is going, so that she can make better and clearer decisions for herself.