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You take a test and—two lines. Uh oh. Even the outcome is what you suspected, it might still be difficult to face. Suddenly, you are overwhelmed with all sorts of thoughts and emotions. “What do I do?” “I never expected this to happen.” “How could this be?” “We were careful.” “I can’t do this right now.” As a woman, each of us faces a unique situation with very different circumstances, yet everyone has to go through the same decision process. There are three paths before you—abortion, adoption, and parenting. How will you navigate through all the options, feelings, and pressures? Here are some tips many have found useful in making the decision process go more smoothly.

1. Face the reality of the situation. See your circumstances for what they are. Perhaps this is an unplanned pregnancy. Unfortunately, you can’t wish away the positive test. You must embrace it and recognize that you now have a decision to make. Although the reality of your situation might be overwhelming at times, you aren’t alone in this process. There are numerous compassionate and thoughtful professionals that can help you sort through this decision and give you the resources you need.

Next blog entry we’ll be discussing resources and organizations that can help with your decision making process. Check it out to see who you can connect with to receive the support and information you need.

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.