Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and not sure what your options are? You might feel overwhelmed, anxious, or afraid as you try to determine the best choice for your pregnancy. If you know abortion is not an option for you, here are some alternatives to abortion.
An adoption is a popular option because it helps others who might not be able to conceive become parents. However, adoption has many plans and steps, so having someone to help you navigate the process is essential.
Open adoption is when you keep in touch with the adoptive family. This might look like photos, letters, visits, calls, and updates. Typically you and the adoptive parents will determine the best ways to communicate in a way that makes everyone comfortable.
A closed adoption is, as it sounds, non-communicative. With a closed adoption, the child might not know they are adopted, and you will have no contact with the child or the family.
If you decide that adoption is not suitable for you, you can always become a parent and raise your child yourself. Being a parent can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding. Whether or not you want to have a relationship with the other parent, you can choose to parent together, become a single parent, or co-parent.
Single parenting can be hard, but it is doable with the right support system and plan in place. You might get help from friends and family, so don’t count this option out.
If you have a good relationship with the other parent, but you are no longer together, you can try co-parenting. This option allows both parents to work together in raising their children. Of course, you will need to set up schedules, holiday arrangements, and other things like that, but it is a plan you can come up with together.
Legal guardianship is similar to adoption, but typically, you will still have some parental rights when you choose this option. If you can’t raise your child now but think you might be able to in a few years, this option is a great option to stay in the child’s life.
These options can be challenging to navigate, but we are more than happy to help you. Our clinic can help verify your pregnancy and walk you through your options to ensure that you make an educated decision that works best for you.