If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, regardless of which option you choose moving forward, things will always be a bit different. There is never a full “reset” after any pregnancy decision, but we are here to help make that process as smooth and easy as possible.
Each option presents its own set of challenges. For example, parenting is a lifelong commitment, abortion could result in Post Abortion Stress or mental health struggles according to clinical studies, and while adoption is an extremely selfless option, there is still an element of loss.
However, studies show that adoption can generally have a positive impact on the mental and emotional well-being of pregnant women, especially if this pregnancy was not planned. Though each pregnancy option comes with some degree of difficulty and loss, modern adoption has many wonderful benefits.
In this article, we hope to shed some light on how adoption can help positively influence your mental health and future if you feel you are at a crossroads.
Is Adoption the Best Option For You?
Though the decision to place for adoption is never easy, it can be a positive pregnancy alternative. Women who choose adoption will still experience feelings of loss, but choosing adoption provides the birth mother with the freedom to decide how she wants her child to grow up, and how much involvement she would like, whether through an open, semi-open, or closed adoption.
Is Financial Assistance Available?
Financial instability is often a central concern for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. With adoption, many state agencies provide some type of financial assistance for birth mothers who choose this option. Birth mothers are often helped with medical pills for their prenatal appointments and sometimes even assisted financially by their adoptive families. Additionally, the adoption agency that our Center directly works with covers all prenatal costs, making the adoption process completely free for pregnant women.
Long-Term Impact of Adoption
Adoption can positively impact your self-esteem. Though the decision to place your child for adoption is never easy, it often comes with a great sense of pride, knowing that you made the selfless decision to make sure your child’s needs are met.
Birth mothers often feel empowered by this choice, and still have the opportunity for ongoing contact to make sure their child grows up knowing how loved they are by their biological mom. Additionally, many studies have shown that adopted children see themselves as being as strong as those around them regarding their personal identity, as well as their overall level of self-esteem.
Though the road to adoption is not easy, this could be a very positive experience for both you and your child.
Taking Back Control Of Your Life
If you’re experiencing an unwanted pregnancy, it’s common to feel like your life is spinning out of control. Birth mothers who choose adoption have a chance to regain a sense of control over their future. As a birth mother, you have complete control over who adopts your baby.
Adoption centers set up meetings for the birth mothers to meet potential families. The birth mother ultimately chooses who she wants to raise her child. It’s empowering to know you are responsible for positively impacting another person’s life.
What’s Best For You
Only you can make this decision. Understanding all your options can instill confidence in the decision that’s ultimately made. We offer free pregnancy tests, education on all options, and the opportunity to speak with an adoption specialist if this is a path that you are interested in pursuing further.
If you would like more information about how an adoption plan could be tailored to you, give us a call at (850) 297-1174. Schedule an appointment today.