It’s not uncommon for women to be overcome with a sense of shock after a pregnancy test comes back positive. You might have begun to think to yourself that you cannot handle being a parent right now. But maybe you’re still contemplating what you want to do next. Perhaps you’re looking into abortion, but are concerned about how far along you might be. If parenting isn’t your first choice, but you don’t want to have a late-term abortion, adoption may have crossed your mind. Regardless of which option you end up picking, what are some helpful steps you can take to find out more information?
Are you looking for help when it comes to making an unexpected pregnancy plan? Avenue Women’s Center assists women at each of our six locations in DuPage County. Our expert staff will meet with you for a private consultation. We’ll provide accurate information about abortion, adoption, and parenting, answering any questions that you may have about your choices. Also, you can learn more about your pregnancy—including how far along you may be, through our limited medical services.
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Asking Questions About Your Options
Did you just learn about an unexpected pregnancy? A good first step is to meet with a professional who can address any questions you might have about your options. Maybe you feel parenting is not right for you at this point in your life. You have heard some women in your situation have considered abortion. In this case, it can be helpful to do some research into this decision.
Depending on the laws in your state, the availability of this choice is often influenced by how far along you are in the pregnancy. Perhaps you found out you were pregnant later, and you’re wondering if you’re beyond your state’s gestational limit. Or you’re concerned the cost of an abortion is too high because of how far the pregnancy has advanced.
To help you through the decision-making process, a healthcare provider or a pregnancy consultant can arrange for you to have an ultrasound exam. This can tell you how many weeks along you are and if there’s a risk of certain complications, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Either of these conditions may require medical treatment that can render you ineligible for an abortion procedure.
Thinking About Adoption and Abortion
If you’re hesitant about parenting, you may have also heard that adoption is another one of your potential choices. Being pregnant often leads a woman to evaluate and re-evaluate all of the decisions she has before her. It’s possible that you’re too far along for an abortion. Now you’re considering another route, or perhaps you feel ending the pregnancy is not something you want to do.
No matter your reason, unlike abortion, choosing to pursue adoption is usually an option at any time. But as with all of your choices, adoption can be a life-changing decision. There are helpful questions to consider beforehand.
It can be helpful for a professional to walk you through the adoption process. Contacting an agency or a pregnancy options clinic will not automatically lock you into this path. Gathering information and talking through your plan can help you contemplate the root of your emotions.
Questions to Ask – Adoption
Research is often important when it comes to understanding your options. Some of the questions you may want to ask when looking into adoption include:
- What does an open, semi-open, or closed adoption typically look like?
- Am I eligible to receive financial benefits from the adoption agency?
- Do I understand the adoption consent laws in my state?
Thinking about abortion and adoption can be an emotional process, but seeking experienced counsel can help you find the right option for you.
Do you need help sorting through the pros and cons behind adoption and abortion? Avenue Women’s Center can provide you with the reliable information you need to make a decision. We offer free, limited ultrasound exams, letting you know how far along you are, and identifying early pregnancy risks. Our expert staff will guide you through each of your options, connecting to further resources you may need should you decide to pursue adoption. We understand the challenges behind researching your choices. That’s why we’re here to make it easier for you by supplying you with answers to your questions.
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.