You can’t believe it.
You stare at the pregnancy test results. Maybe you didn’t do the test right. Maybe you’re misreading it.
You take it again, only to find the same result. You’re pregnant. It’s a surprise. It’s unplanned.
An unplanned pregnancy is stressful and can create anxiety. An abortion may be the first thing on your mind. But there are unplanned pregnancy options beside abortions. These options offer hope, relief and even joy.
Unplanned Pregnancy Options Besides Abortion
We’ll look at some of the options besides abortion you have for your unplanned pregnancy.
Option #1: Have the Baby and Become a Parent
Many of our clients don’t believe they have what it takes to be a mother. We’ve found that’s not true. Through our supportive network, we provide tools and resources for both expectant mothers and fathers. You’d be surprised to learn how many free parenting resources are out there.
Just because you have your baby doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams. Rather, it means you have someone with whom you can share your dreams. Mothers who have come through our doors have gone on to complete their education and have successful careers.
Option #2: Have an Open Adoption
There are different types of adoptions (and we’ll look at each one of them in this article). Each type is a good alternative to an abortion.
During an open adoption, you have contact with your child and the adoptive parents. You may visit your child and watch them grow up. It provides not only peace of mind knowing that your child is cared for, but it allows you to be an active member of their extended support network.
Option #3: Have a Closed Adoption
What do we mean by a closed adoption? In this type of arrangement, you will not have contact with your baby or their birth parents. It also ensures confidentiality: You will not know the identity of the birth parents and they will not know yours.
Some women find it emotionally easier to have a closed adoption, where they can still have peace of mind without worrying that someone will learn of their identity.
Option #4: Have a Semi-Open Adoption
If you can’t decide between an open or a closed adoption, you have another choice. A semi-open adoption in a combination of an open and closed adoption.
Under a semi-open adoption, contact between you and the adoptive parents is usually done through the adoption agency. This may or may not include in-person visits. Typically, it does include exchanging photos, letters, or emails.
Every semi-open adoption may be a little bit different, so it’s important to work with the agency to understand all the details.
First Things First: Schedule a FREE Pregnancy Test
We know this is a lot of information. You may feel overwhelmed. That’s okay.
All you need to do is just take the next step: Come into our office for a FREE pregnancy test, where we can confirm your pregnancy. This is a more accurate result than home pregnancy tests, which can sometimes produce false positives (meaning they tell you that you’re pregnant when you’re not.)
You Are Not Alone. We’re Here for You Every Step of the Way
The baby growing inside of you depends upon you. Their life will be determined by what you do next. We know that you must feel terribly alone during this time.
But you’re not.
We invite you to schedule an appointment to talk to us. Just talk.
You can also text us at 910.408.9743. We want to get to know you and learn more about your situation, so we can help and serve you.
Remember: You don’t have to go on this journey alone.