What are my options with an unplanned pregnancy?
When you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, the process can be difficult and making your final decision about what to do with your baby is equally as stressful. You may be thinking: what should your next step be? Who can you turn to who will give you support through these tough times? What are your options with your unplanned pregnancy?
Fortunately, you have multiple options to choose from to alleviate all your unnecessary stress! You can choose between parenting your child after your baby is born, terminating your pregnancy or putting your child up for adoption if you feel you are not ready to be a parent and want to give your child a better life.
We at Adoption Choices of Kansas will be happy to help you get this process started by speaking with one of our legal representatives, case workers, birth mother counselors or social workers who are at your service, 24/7! We are a private adoption agency in Kansas that offers you a nonjudgmental and compassionate place to come and seek help.
Option #1: Choosing to be a Parent for Your Child
When you are going through your unplanned pregnancy, and your intentions are to be a parent to your child, then you will need to consider some questions before saying “yes” to being one:
- Are you ready to be a parent?
- Will you be willing to work hard to be able to provide for your child?
- Are you willing to take on all of the necessary responsibilities that come with being a parent to your child?
If you answered “yes” to all of these, then come to one of our offices to discuss your next steps. At the end of the day, you will have the final say about if you want to be a parent to your unborn baby, or not. We will be here for you, always, to help guide you down the path you want to pursue during your unplanned pregnancy.
Option #2: You can Always Choose Adoption
If you feel that parenthood is not right for you, then the next best option would be choosing to put your baby up for adoption. By going through the adoption process, you will be giving your child a chance to live a better life. Adoption Choices of Kansas will provide you with free adoption services, so you will not have to worry about dealing with any type of financial burden.
Through our agency, we will cover all of your financial living expenses throughout your unplanned pregnancy. From waiting for an adoptive family to be matched with your child to the day you go into labor and give birth. We’ll also be able to offer adequate safe housing for you, so you will be relaxed, and in great health during your process. We will provide you with proper medical treatment, so you will not have to worry about losing your accessibility to prenatal care. You will also be given healthy counseling sessions by our professional birth mother staff while considering this option during your unplanned pregnancy.
Option #3: Choosing to Terminate Your Pregnancy
When you are considering what your options are with your unplanned pregnancy, terminating your pregnancy is always the most difficult option for you to pursue. However, if you are not ready to be a parent yet and do not want to pursue adoption for your child, then you will be able to consider following this option for your unplanned pregnancy. You should contact your local Planned Parenthood center to discuss and help you decide if this option is right for you.
You will need to have a mandatory, state-directed counseling session designed to inform you about termination and other options available. Also — to make sure you fully understand what you’re committing to and that no one is forcing you into it. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to receive parental consent before the termination procedure can occur.
Depending on where you live, state law may dictate when a termination procedure can happen or not. For example, in the state of Kansas, pregnancy termination is permitted after 20 weeks only if there are severe health complications or risk that you won’t live through childbirth.
Being Well Informed of Your Options
If you are a birth mother considering what your options are with an unplanned pregnancy and do not know what you should do — don’t worry! Remember, you have three plans that will help you in making your final decision. How you choose to deal with, and respond to, your unplanned pregnancy will have an immense impact on your life and that of your baby’s. Make sure you are well informed about all of your options before you make your decision and you fully understand what it will entail for you moving forward.
By knowing what your options are with a private adoption in Kansas, you will be able to choose the best one for you and your baby. You will not have to worry about becoming overwhelmed or over stressed while going through your unplanned pregnancy because you know what is best for your baby. You now have a plan that you can follow. If you are ever in doubt, we will be here to help you every step of the way because we want the best for you and your baby.
Whichever option you choose to pursue, know that you will never be alone in your process. You will have support from our experienced professionals at Adoption Choices of Kansas. We are all in this together!
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