We are here for you
We are a student group on campus who are passionate about helping our fellow students thrive in an educational environment by supporting their needs. If you or someone you know are facing an unexpected pregnancy, or are pregnant and need support, we would love to hear from you and see how we can help.
How we can support you
- Assistance in creating a parenting plan while you continue with your education
- Free pregnancy tests
- Information about your pregnancy options
- Confidential emotional and spiritual support
- Support with adoption plans
- Connections to on-campus and off-campus community resources
- Prenatal classes
Let’s do this together.
Get To Know Us
We are passionate about helping pregnant and parenting students thrive at Ryerson and in their day-to-day life by supporting their emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We aim to foster an educational environment that is accepting and supportive of pregnant and parenting students.
RPC is dedicated to providing you with resources and support to help you continue with your education during your pregnancy.
If you or someone you know are facing an unexpected pregnancy, or are pregnant and need support, we would love to hear from you and see how we can support you.
Compassion. We are compassionate towards all students and will support their decisions and choices during their pregnancy.
Empowerment – We are here to listen to your cares, concerns and needs. Our aim is to help you make meaningful connections with fellow students, and find resources so that you can thrive in your academic and daily life.
Equity – We provide support to ALL students no matter their race, religion, gender or political views.
Here to Meet Your Needs
There had been an identified lack of resources for pregnant students on the Ryerson campus. In an article published by the Ryersonian, Sestanj (2014) stated, “A quick online search for Ryerson services to support pregnant students yields absolutely nothing.”
Our goal is to address this lack of resources, and provide the support that pregnant students need to feel empowered to make informed decisions. Many of the RPC’s services are designed to equip those who want to carry their pregnancy to term, but who might otherwise feel unable to do so due to educational and other life circumstances.
What can I expect if I make an appointment?
Once you text or email to make an appointment, an RPC team member will respond by setting up an appointment time and place to meet that works for you. We will listen to learn how we can best support you.
You can expect a non-judgmental atmosphere where you will be able to receive practical help, accurate information and emotional support to make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy.
I’m an international student. Will having a baby be expensive?
Don’t have an Ontario health card? No health coverage? We understand your concerns for obtaining and paying for medical services. We are committed to helping you find the resources you need. Book a meeting to find out more about your options.
I am scared. What are my next steps?
The possibility of pregnancy is often new and unknown; it is completely normal to feel scared. There are probably many emotions you are feeling with the possibility of pregnancy. We are here to support you. Here are some initial first steps:
- Take a pregnancy test. We offer free urine based pregnancy tests and will be there with you. You will find out the result in 1-2 mins.
- Talk to someone. We are here to listen to you and help you figure out the next step. We will be there with you every step of the way if you want us to be.
- Know your options. We will provide you with accurate information on each of your options so that you have all of the information to make an informed decision.
Since you are not medical professionals, how can I trust the information?
The RPC is committed to providing accurate information with the support of the Pregnancy Care Centre. Since 1984 the Pregnancy Care Centre has served over 6000 pregnant and parenting individuals. The resource booklets we provide to students about pregnancy related options have been peer-reviewed by Canadian physicians for accuracy in order to empower people to make an informed decision about their pregnancy.
Does the RPC provide abortion services?
The RPC does not offer any specific medical services, including abortion or abortion referral. RPC’s purpose is to create a supportive environment that empowers pregnant and parenting students to continue their education. Our group was created to address the problem of individuals feeling their power of choice was being taken from them because they lacked resources and support to continue their pregnancy. Our vision is for pregnant and parenting students to thrive personally and academically.
Will RPC support me if I choose abortion?
We support pregnant students regardless of their pregnancy decisions. We recognize and respect the choice of students to make their own decisions, whether that is to have an abortion, place their child for adoption, or to carry their pregnancy to term. We offer post abortion care to anyone who is in need of support after discontinuing their pregnancy. However, the majority of the services and resources we offer are for the care of pregnant and parenting students in order to fulfil our group’s purpose.
Reference: Sestanj (2014). Support for women lacking in abortion debate [article published in the Ryersonian]. Retrieved from http://ryersonian.ca/support-for-women-lacking-in-abortion-debate/
Comments from the Ryerson Community:
“My mom had me while she was in college, and what RPC is doing is really great.”
“I wish this group had been there when I was a student at Ryerson and I was pregnant.”
Contact Us for an Appointment
Appointment Times: Mondays: 10am-12pm
*Please contact us if you would like to request an appointment at a different time