If you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you have a few options and a lot to consider. Many married or older women will choose to raise the child, but if you are a young woman or teen facing an unplanned pregnancy and you are not ready to raise a child, adoption is one of your best options.
Every year millions of women find themselves pregnant unintentionally. Young women especially can be very scared and not know what to do next. The first step is to know your choices. Some women immediately consider parenting or abortion as their best options while adoption rates slowly decline across the US. But adoption is a wonderful alternative for women who are unprepared or lack the means to raise a child. It is important to consider all of your options to make sure you choose the right path for you and your baby.
Some teens and young women may not consider placing their baby for adoption because they do not believe they can afford the necessary medical care to have a healthy pregnancy. However, many adoption agencies have extensive birth mother services available to help pregnant women in need. Consult a reliable adoption agency to find out about the birth mother services they offer. Some adoption agencies provide free housing for birth mothers, medical and prenatal care, private counseling, education and career development services and much more. Once you are connected with a trusted adoption counselor, they will be able to answer all of your questions and help you make an informed decision.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of what to do when you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. There are, however, many resources available today to help each woman faced with unplanned pregnancy find the answer for her. Know your choices and try to learn as much about each of them as you can. If you know you are not ready for parenthood yet and you believe placing your baby for adoption could afford him or her a wonderful life in a loving family, consult a trusted adoption agency to learn more about adoption as an option.
Providence Place (Methodist Mission Home) is a national leader in open adoptions including domestic, international, older child and embryo adoption. They offer Post Adoption Services (PAS), to birth parents and adoptees who are interested in reconnecting or in need of medical records. Providence Place is readily available to provide post adoption services to families who have adopted a child through Providence Place. For families who have used a different adoption agency to adopt a child, the post adoption services staff at Providence Place is happy to provide advice and referrals. Visit provplace.org today to learn more.