If you’re pregnant and have had a previous abortion, you have different options for this pregnancy: parenting and adoption. While both choices are challenging and require carrying the pregnancy to full term- they can be rewarding and these options help avoid another abortion.
Read on to learn more about parenting and adoption. Or, if you want to discuss these options, contact Women’s Care Center. We offer free pregnancy resources that can help you make an informed decision about how to move forward.
Parenting might feel like an impossible option in your life right now. Maybe you’re still in school, worried about what your friends and family will think, or don’t have a support network. No matter your fears about parenting, they’re valid.
While parenting creates different complexities, some women find this the most rewarding option. Asking yourself the following questions can help you decide if parenting is right for you:
- Do I have family or friend support? If not, can I find support services in my community?
- Do I feel ready to be a parent? If not, can I take educational classes that will help me get prepared?
- What will it look like for me to accomplish my goals while parenting?
Adoption can be highly rewarding because it brings priceless joy to a family that desires a child, but it can also be emotionally challenging. Resources are available to help you walk through this process, both during and after.
You have different options within adoption, depending on what you desire. And each adoption journey is unique, depending on the needs and wants of both parties involved.
Open adoption allows you to have open communication with the adoptive family. You can choose how much or how little you communicate and in what ways (in person, by video or phone, etc.).
Open adoption is a good choice if you want to be informed about the child’s life and if you want the child to know you.
Semi-open adoption is like open adoption but more limited. The communication between you and the adoptive family will likely be mediated by a third party (like the adoption agency), and in-person visits won’t occur.
Closed adoption is the most restricted option. You will remain anonymous (which means the adoptive family won’t know who you are), and you won’t have any communication with them.
You’re Not Alone
Deciding what to do next in your pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Women’s Care Center, we’re here to help with free pregnancy resources that can empower you to make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.