If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you may be in a place where you’re reviewing your options. Pregnancy can be challenging, and you may consider abortion. But is it the only option?
Abortion is the only option that terminates a viable pregnancy. Your other two options are parenting and adoption. These options have their difficulties, but they can be incredibly rewarding. We’ll review both below; proper research and reflection will help you to make an informed decision.
Is Parenting the Best Choice for Me?
Parenting isn’t for everyone, and it can be a challenge. But it can also create a life full of happiness and joy. Raising a child is difficult, but nurturing their aspirations and giving them a lifetime of love may be your best option.
If you decide to parent, you will continue your pregnancy. Consider the following questions during the decision-making process:
- Am I financially stable?
- Do I have a strong support system?
- Can I provide a safe, loving environment for a child?
- What resources do I need to be the best parent possible?
Parenting can seem overwhelming, but know that resources and support are available to help you. You may qualify for government assistance, and your local pregnancy center may be able to connect you to organizations that help with food, housing, and education.
Sac Valley Women’s Health is proud to advocate on your behalf and provide referrals for these needs, clothing, and financial assistance. We also offer prenatal and parenting classes so that you can become an informed and engaged parent.
Should I Choose Adoption?
Adoption is a big decision, and it has its challenges. Many women question how they could cope with placing their child within another family. Know that a great deal of support exists for birth parents, and you wouldn’t embark on this journey alone. Adoption can be emotionally challenging, but it comes with the peace of mind knowing that your child is loved and cared for.
There are three main adoption plans:
- Open adoption: The most flexible of adoption plans, open adoption allows you to choose the adoptive family and regularly communicate with them through letters, phone calls, or visits. You form a relationship with the child and have a high level of contact with them.
- Semi-open adoption: This option allows for communication with the adoptive family, but all contact is conducted via a third party, such as the adoption attorney or agency.
- Closed adoption: This option creates the most privacy. No contact occurs between you and the adoptive family; all identifying records are sealed.
Take your time when learning about adoption. Various reputable adoption agencies can explain each plan in detail, help you choose the perfect adoptive family, and connect you to resources offering financial assistance, maternity clothing, and more. You’ll never be expected to pay for any adoption service.
Learning About Your Options
We offer free and confidential consultations if you’re pregnant and interested in learning more about your pregnancy options. We also offer free pap smears and health checks for women with negative pregnancy tests.
Contact us today to make an appointment. We’re here to offer you peace of mind.