A young Hawick woman is currently working in areas like the Bronx and Queens in New York with a pregnancy advice organisation.
Vanessa Reith, 21, is taking part in a two-month internship counselling women on the alternatives to abortion.
Vanessa, who has just graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in medical biology, is a former president of the university’s Life Society.
She applied for the internship along with a friend from Coatbridge, Laura Seggie, after reading about the opportunity online.
Both were accepted and will return to the UK in September.
Vanessa said: “Making people aware of all the options available to both the mum and dads-to-be is vitally important and something I feel very passionate about.
“Very often decisions are made in haste and both parents can regret their decision in later life.”
She added: “My job is to try and take the ‘crisis’ out of the pregnancy and allow those involved to make an informed choice – one which hopefully will allow the unborn child to be born.”
The pair are working with the Expectant Mother Care organisation in clinics and carrying out street counselling.
As well as practical advice, the organisation offer free ultrasounds to pregnant women from a mobile clinic.