If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, no doubt your head is probably spinning right now. Your friends and family may be quick to offer their advice on what you should do. But at this point, you need to do what you think is best for you, regardless of what others say.
Right now is a good time to get as much information as possible and explore all your options. At Your First Look we can give you all the information you need to make a decision–including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling. Call 419-720-3338 if you wish to schedule a free appointment.
If you’re considering adoption, know that you aren’t alone. There are lots of reasons that women make an adoption plan. It could be that you don’t feel like you’re ready to be a mom. Maybe you don’t have any support from the baby’s dad. Perhaps you have college plans that would get sidetracked. Maybe you already have three children and just can’t afford another child. Other reasons could include prior involvement with Children’s Services; a mental illness; a rape; or a jail sentence.
In today’s world women choosing adoption will play an active role in just about every step of the process. First and foremost, you can choose the parents for your child, meet the adoptive parents, and decide just how open you want the adoption to be. In Ohio, you can receive help with pregnancy, living and medical costs. You can also receive counseling.
We have several booklets at Your First Look that can give you more information and help you decide if this is the right option for you. Two books, “What About Adoption,” and “What About Adoption For Guys,” consists of frequently asked questions that will help you figure out what information you need and whether adoption is something you want to consider. “So I Was Thinking About Adoption…” covers such topics as “I have a few questions,” “Spilling the beans,” “Taking care of you,” “Planning for delivery,” “Getting by and moving on,” and many more. There’s also room for you to journal your thoughts as you go through this booklet.
We also have someone who can meet with you and share more information about local adoption resources. If you’d like, she can also attend your first meetings with an adoption agency or attorney to serve as your advocate. To explore this, please call us at 419-720-3338 and ask to speak to Leeann.
Most women don’t make a decision to adopt until about their fifth or sixth month of pregnancy while others don’t make a final decision until after the child is born. You have plenty of time to explore this option. Get as much information as you can so you can make a decision that is best for you, your child, and your situation.