If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you don’t have to do it alone. The decision that you have to make will be life-changing and Bethany is here to help support you as you make those decisions.
Your choices today for an adoption plan are far greater than they were in the past. No two adoption plans are the same because no two groups of people involved are the same. Expectant parents have ideas about what their adoption plan will look like in the future and so do prospective adoptive parents. The best adoption plans reflect both and allow both time to get to know each other and build a relationship.
Counselors help expectant parents arrange adoptions that reflect the amount of contact that each family wants. Many families will want to have ongoing, face to face contact, having regular visits and/or celebrating special occasions and holidays together. Others may only want to meet initially and maintain their contact with a little more distance, through pictures, letters, emails and phone calls. Each plan is unique as is the amount of contact that is planned.
If you are considering adoption, you can easily learn more about families who are ready to welcome a child into their home
For many women and men experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, parenting their baby is simply assumed. Like any major life decision, you will likely want to be as prepared as possible to be the best parent you can be. For some expectant parents, it helps to make a list of what your baby will need, what you can provide and what you will need help with. Looking at how your life will change can also help you to make the best decision possible and with as many facts as possible. By thinking these things through, you can be sure that you are ready to parent your baby.
For many expectant parents, it is helpful to talk with a pregnancy counselor who can help you identify what resources you may need and what might be available in your community. She can help you make a parenting plan. Your family and friends will likely have opinions about your choices but it ultimately will be your choice and your responsibility. The pregnancy counselor can also help you objectively look at your options so that you know you are making a solid and informed decision. The counselor’s role is not to direct you toward a certain decision or to make it for you but to assure that your decision is based on good and factual information.
For many women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy, abortion can seem like an easy solution – quick and confidential. But, you have time to slow down, take a breath, and get information. Before you make any decision about the outcome of your pregnancy, find out what your options really are and what each option can mean for you and your child, now and in the future. You have the time to find out.
If abortion is your choice, you will want to ask your health provider about risks and side effects that you may experience. Having that information can help you make an informed decision.