Author: Alexandra Nadane, executive director of the “St Alexandra the Empress” Counseling Center, Bucharest
few years ago, a reporter asked me: „When you got involved in
the pro-life movement, did you have any detailed plan? Did you know
where you wanted to end up?” I laughed remembering the unknown
and difficult journey I had experienced up to that point.
I didn’t know where the road would take me, but I pressed on,
practically dealing with everything that came my way. And a lot of
the cases were pregnancy crises. Tens, hundreds of them. There was
clearly a need for professional people to work in this field. So the
“St. Alexandra the Empress” Counseling Center appeared.
Then I noticed that people who worked in pregnancy help centers across the country needed to share and learn. To cater for these needs, we organized the First National Conference of Pregnancy Crisis Help Centers. It took place on October 4-6, 2019, at Caraiman Monastery in Busteni, Prahova County.
conference brought together 30 participants from all over Romania and
the Republic of Moldova: pregnancy resource center managers and
representatives, psychologists, social workers, volunteers, members
of other organizations, and individuals who wanted to open such a
center or simply work with women in pregnancy crisis.
Friday, October 4, participants shared ideas about their work,
experiences, joys, and the difficulties they face. On Saturday, the
program included four sessions:
I „Project Management and Pregnancy Help Center Management”,
speaker: Alexandra Nadane, executive director of the “St Alexandra
the Empress” Counseling Center, Bucharest.
II: „The Social Worker’s Role in Assisting Women in Pregnancy
Crisis”, speaker: Mirela Andrei, social worker of the “St
Alexandra the Empress” Counseling Center, Bucharest.
III „Working Protocols in Pregnancy Crisis Counseling. The
Counselor’s Role in Pregnancy Crisis cases”, speaker:
psychologist Andreea Olteanu (PhD), assisting trainer of counseling
at the Institute of the Romanian Society for Experiential
Psychotherapy (SPER) and President of the Association for Child
Development and Family.
last session, entitled „Goals and Plans for the Future”,
was dedicated to creating a working group for those involved in
pregnancy crisis assistance to support them in developing
professional pregnancy help programs. “St Alexandra the Empress”
Counseling Center will organize monthly webinars on different topics
to train and assist people involved in this line of work.
The next National Conference of the Pregnancy Crisis Help Centers will be held in October 2020.
read below a few testimonials by participants at the conference:
waited for many years for such an event. We appreciate the initiative
of “St Alexandra the Empress” Counseling Center and we hope that
it will become a tradition, with more and more centers joining in
every year. The exchange of experience, the relationships created,
the information received enriched us and gave us courage to continue
our work of assisting women in pregnancy crisis.”- PULS Center,
have just realized that we are not alone and this gave me more
courage and determination to help.” – Clujul pentru Viață
(„Cluj for Life”) Association
the conference helped me understand the need to open a pregnancy help
center in Arad. The quality of the information received, the
professionalism of those involved, the hands-on approach on real
cases have inspired me to get actively involved. „- Loredana,
Tineri pentru Viață („Youth for Life”) Association, Arad
was a beautiful warm experience and I have met people open to
sharing. I’ve learned new things. I feel that this conference has
helped me grow both on a professional and personal level. ”- Anca
Pulpa, psychologist, The Pro Vita Department of the Orthodox
Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina.
they receive practical and emotional support from close friends,
relatives or experts, pregnant women will be able to overcome all
difficulties and choose life for their child. This meeting was a
joyful occasion, a new experience on a familiar yet ever new topic
that is important, moreover, it’s vital. ”- Nadejda Usatîi,
President of Moldova for Life Association
you for the wonderful conference. For me, the days spent learning
together, getting to know each other, sharing opinions and
experiences, establishing future collaboration were among the most
beautiful days of this year. „- Estera Mardar-Simina, „Estera”
enjoyed being with other organizations, meeting other people involved
in the same field of work, which is assisting women going through a
pregnancy crisis and their children. We have received eye-opening
information, we established work connections and shared experiences.
We are looking forward to next year’s conference! ”- Simona
Mihălescu, “Elena” Center, Rădăuți
have learned many new things that I could not have discovered on my
own. It was a great experience.”- Counseling and Support Center for
Parents and Children, Hârja
„This conference is a
promising initiative that should continue year after year so that we
can exchange experience in pregnancy help.” – Dana Stavovei,
Fălticeni pentru Viață („Fălticeni City for Life”)
„I feel spiritually enriched after this conference, with the hope and confidence that many good things can be done through our involvement” – Nicoleta C., Constanța