What Is Birthright?

Birthright was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1968 by Louise Summerhill, a busy housewife, and mother of seven children. Louise regretted the fact that some young unmarried mothers were belittled or ostracized by their relatives: “I can never see anything wrong with any of them.” Louise recreated the supportive homelike environment they deserved to have.

The grassroots response to her idea was overwhelming, and the Toronto chapter quickly grew into Birthright International, the world’s first international crisis pregnancy service. Birthright International now works with more than 400 chapters worldwide, including Canada, the United States, and others in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Colombia.

Birthright St. Charles

At Birthright St. Charles, we understand that unexpected pregnancies can bring about a range of emotions and uncertainties. That’s why we are here to provide you with compassionate support and guidance every step of the way. 

With over four decades of dedicated service to the greater St. Charles community, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to assisting women facing untimely or challenging pregnancies, offering a professional, non-judgmental, and confidential environment where you can find the compassionate help and resources you need. 

We are a fully independent organization, not affiliated with any church or public agency, which allows us to provide confidential and personalized assistance tailored to your unique circumstances.

Guidance from professional counselors

Birthright St. Charles is dedicated to providing women facing unplanned or challenging pregnancies with a safe space to explore their options and make informed decisions. Our team of master’s level professional counselors, clinical social workers, and psychologists possess the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the choices you have, ensuring you receive accurate information, support, and resources necessary to navigate this challenging time. We also understand you are more than a pregnancy and can address issues and factors you may be facing, such as anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, the impact of trauma, or your personal goals.

Compassionate conversation about pregnancy options

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, it’s essential to know you have choices. At Birthright St. Charles, we want to ensure you’re fully informed about all of your options. Women in difficult pregnancy situations may feel alone or boxed in; our counselors are here to support and empower women to make thoughtful decisions they can feel confident in. Whether you’re considering abortion, adoption, or raising your child, we can help you understand the emotional, physical, and financial impact that each choice can have today and later in life.

How We Can Help

Our commitment to you extends beyond a single visit or phone call. Whether you need a compassionate listener, a shoulder to lean on, or practical support, Birthright is dedicated to being with you throughout your pregnancy journey and beyond. 

Our services include free pregnancy testing, professional counseling, medical referrals, connections to community resources, housing assistance, access to practical items for women and baby, as well as possible financial assistance. With our strong support system, you can find hope for your future. We do not fit you into a program. Your needs and circumstances guide what services you utilize through our client-centered approach.

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. Our services are entirely confidential, and you can contact us at any time through our free and confidential helpline at 1-800-550-4900, available 24/7, or text/call us directly at 636-724-1200.

Get in Touch

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, know that Birthright St. Charles is here for you, ready to provide the support and resources you need to make the best choices for yourself and your future. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You are not alone on this journey, and together, we can find hope and create a brighter tomorrow.

Supported by:


  • Non-sectarian, Non-profit 501(c)3 service organization
  • Not involved in legislation, picketing, or lobbying efforts