Pregnant and Afraid?

  • Are you feeling resentful and angry? 
  • is your whole world changing and you don’t want to face it? 
  • Do you want yesterday again?
  • Who will listen and really understand how upset you are?

Birthright Cares!

We offer You....

  • Free and confidential counselling
  • Anonymous pregnancy test
  • Information on shelter homes, schooling, ante natal care and adoption
  • Basic legal and medical information
  • Free maternity clothes
  • Free baby clothes
  • Referral for professional counselling should it be necessary
  • We care about YOU and your baby and you don’t have to face this crisis alone
  • We give as much or as little assistance as you need or desire
  • We help you think about your future and that of your baby
  • We are a loving and caring alternative to abortion.

"It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth...and the right of every child to be born."

Our History

Birthright was founded in October 1968 by Louise Summerhill, a Canadian housewife who became aware of the lack of alternatives to abortion. Her decision to provide a service of love and acceptance led to the opening of a crisis centre in her hometown of Toronto. As a result of Louise Summerhill’s visit to South Africa in 1976, Birthright of Durban was founded in 1977, followed by Birthright of Johannesburg in 1978.

Birthright in South Africa

Birthright is an independent, non-sectarian movement staffed by trained volunteers. Birthright offers a loving, caring, listening presence to anyone who is pregnant and distressed, or those concerned about someone who is pregnant. The father of the baby is often in as much need of a caring listener as the pregnant girl.  

Abortion is usually the first and often the only option considered and even encouraged by society, friends and family. At Birthright we talk about other more constructive ways to address the challenge of being unexpectedly and unhappily pregnant.

Because Birthright places a high value on discretion and confidentiality, we find those who approach us are more fully able to explore their emotions and questions concerning their pregnancy.

Our non-judgemental and unpressured approach helps the women who consult us to find a solution to their problems in a constructive way supported by caring, emotional and practical support. 

"It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth...and the right of every child to be born."


The Problem

  • Young girls and women in crisis due to an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy. 

The Need

  • To be able to talk to someone in confidence.
  • To know the resources and options available to them.
  • To understand all their alternatives.
  • Enable them to make an informed choice.
  • To find a friend.

The Solution

  • Birthright accepts volunteers of any race or creed. All volunteers are required to read, understand and commit to the Charter of Birthright and have a sincere desire to help pregnant women without expecting any reward or admiration in return. 
  • If you feel you could be a Birthright volunteer these are the ways in which you could help:
    • Collecting and maintaining maternity and baby wear
    • Advertising/Publicity
    • PRO
    • Sewing and/or Knitting
    • Fund raising
    • Act as an advisor (this means doing the counselling course)
    • Prayer
  • Birthright offers full counselling training courses to enable the volunteer to be confident and competent when dealing with a pregnant girl in crisis.

"It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth...and the right of every child to be born."


  • Birthright is a non profit organisation staffed by trained volunteers and is funded by individual and corporate donations.
  • Monetary donations as well as gifts of maternity and baby clothes are gratefully accepted.
  • As a non profit charitable organisation we issue receipts for tax purposes.
  • To make a donation, you can either call our office in Johannesburg or Durban, or deposit your donation into the following account:
ACCOUNT: Birthright South Africa
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH: Hyde Park
ACCOUNT #: 62563199184
Bank Account Details



Telephone: 079 742 8861
Address: Ground Foor
Progress House
110 Bordeaux Drive
Randburg 2194
Postal: P.O.Box 1209
Office Hours By appointment