At Assurance Women’s Center, we understand that pregnancy involves a lot of responsibility and change. An unplanned pregnancy can make you feel scared and alone, but we want you to know that you are not alone. We are here to provide you with all the information that you need to make wise decisions. All of our services are confidential and are compassionately offered to you without judgment.
What is pregnancy? How does pregnancy happen?
Pregnancy is the state of being pregnant. A woman is pregnant when she is carrying a new life inside of her. Consider the explanations below of when and how life begins and how pregnancy is initiated.
"A new individual is created when the elements of a potent sperm merge with those of a fertile ovum, or egg."
“Pregnancy.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, Chicago, 1974
"The overriding message of all this new research is that the life of a baby begins at conception. Informed care of that child must also begin at conception or even before, if he or she is to have a good chance for healthy life."
"A new lesson from DNA - life begins at conception." Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1977 (A news article on a Montreal conference of scientists which released a wealth of new research in the study of DNA)
"A baby begins as a single cell, smaller than the period at the end of this sentence... This cell is created by the union of two parent cells: the female egg cell or ovum, and the male sperm cell."
Lux-Flanagan, Geraldine. The First Nine Months. Simon and Shuster, 1962
"The human genome is a peal, a model of high performance and reliability. Millions of times a year, egg genome meets sperm genome, and the result is a human baby, its parts all in place, its brain a universe of love and meaning."
New York Times, June 27, 2000 (In an article discussing developments of the Human Genome Project)