By Adoption Choices of Florida
Written by Cynthia Knott
As a birth mother facing an unplanned pregnancy, researching every option out there was, no doubt, one of your first responses. Just knowing that you have several unplanned pregnancy options may put you at ease. Determining which to choose, though, is not always easy. Each option has a different outcome for you and your child. Doing what is best for you and your child can take a lot of time and deliberation. So, it’s okay to be unsure of what you want right away.
It is important to know that support is available and that you don’t need to face this alone. Adoption Choices of Florida will provide you with an adoption caseworker who you can discuss the various unplanned pregnancy options with. The initial shock of looking down at that positive pregnancy test may linger and create a haze, but we are here to help clear your mind and get you on track! Taking time during your pregnancy to consider all options and to seek out assistance is a necessary step. You will not be alone any step of the way.
1. Choosing to Parent Your Child
Parenting your child is one option you may consider. While choosing to parent your child may be difficult, it’s not impossible. Asking yourself questions will ensure you feel confident with your decision. For instance:
These questions, among others, will help you determine what you want and what you can provide for your child. If you’re determined to take steps to parent your child, start by visiting your doctor and healthcare provider. Not only will your doctor make sure that you and your baby are healthy, but he or she can also be a good source for your mental well-being. Raising a child isn’t easy, but you, in no way, have to do it alone. Seeking any support from family, friends, other birth mothers and medical professionals will help you immensely. The ability to parent your child is a gift that not all birth others get to do.
2. Choosing to Terminate Your Pregnancy
If you don’t feel ready to become a parent at this point in your life, you have the right to choose abortion. Choosing to terminate your pregnancy may be a difficult decision to make for some birth mothers due to religious beliefs and morals. You should not feel guilty for doing what you feel is best. If you do have negative feelings at any point during your pregnancy or after be sure to seek help. Your mental well-being is the utmost priority!
Abortions are safe when done in a medical facility, and many women have them. Only you know what you want, so never feel guilty for making this choice. Researching how to terminate your pregnancy in a safe and legal manner is crucial for your safety. Florida law dictates that women under the age of eighteen must first notify at least one parent or legal guardian before terminating your pregnancy. Additionally, abortions are permitted until 24 weeks. After that, abortions are only allowed if your life is in danger.
Make sure to contact your doctor for more details if you are considering this option.
3. Choosing Adoption
If you do not feel comfortable with terminating your pregnancy, and parenting isn’t the right option for you right now, adoption allows you the opportunity to give your child a good life. Adoption is a selfless choice that lets you choose to keep in contact with your child. There are many loving, hopeful and nurturing adoptive families who are ready to build their family. Choosing adoption is not always easy, but you will have full control over your child’s future.
At Adoption Choices of Florida, we will provide you with an adoption caseworker who will help you every step of the way. If you choose adoption, our adoption agency will guide you through making an adoption plan that includes all of your wishes. This option is always available to you, no matter how far along in your pregnancy you are. However, the earlier you contact us, the earlier you can make sure you receive the services you need to have a successful adoption journey.
You are strong no matter which option you choose. The choice isn’t always easy to make. Researching your options can be overwhelming and makes you dig deep into what you want. When choosing which option is best, you should think about your goals, religious beliefs, finances, and support from family and friends. These may be things you never thought of, but you and your child will benefit from the deliberations. Unplanned pregnancies are confusing, so take your time and try to enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible.
Adoption Choices of Florida invites you to talk to us if at any moment you consider adoption. We are available 24/7 to ensure none of your questions go unanswered. We will guide you through making an adoption plan that is unique to you. You will have full control of your adoption journey. If you want to change your mind about anything at any point we can help. In the end, we encourage you to choose whichever option is best for you and your child.
If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678