I’m Pregnant, what are my options?
We understand that your decisions in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy will not be easy. Our goal is to provide you as much information as possible so that you can choose the best option for you and most importantly, the best option for your baby. We are not here to sway you in any direction. Our job is to provide information and help support you as you make your decision, one that is best for you, your partner, and your baby. Consider the best decision for your child. Some options for you and your child’s father include:
- Closed Adoption
As a mother you have rights. It is important to learn about your rights in relation to the adoption process. Some mothers are hesitant at first about their option of adoption, but then come to the realization that they may not have the time or resources to raise the child. Remember you can choose to be involved in the adoption process.
The decision you make when facing an unplanned pregnancy is one that will affect the rest of your life. An essential resource is the Pregnancy Options Workbook, also in Spanish. Remember that you do not have to go through this pregnancy alone. We are here to help and support you in your decision making process, no matter which option you choose in the end. Adoptions From The Heart offers options counseling. Regardless of your final decision, we are here to help.
Latest Pregnancy & Adoption Updates
By Heidi Gonzalez
February 1, 2016 – Teen Pregnancy Has “Stronger” Effect On Women With “Brightest Socioeconomic Prospects”
Researchers have been debating the effect that becoming pregnant before the age of 18 has on a young woman’s life for decades.
One school of thought holds that dealing with the unavoidable stresses of pregnancy and parenting prevents many young mothers from earning as much money as they would be able to without children, and restricts their access to academic opportunities. Another theory takes as its starting point the fact that a majority of teen pregnancies can be found in communities already disadvantaged socioeconomically. Pregnancy doesn’t reduce a mother’s ability to earn more; it’s where she lives, and the resources that are or aren’t available to her that do. Yet another idea is that pregnancy actually helps some young women prioritize their goals, leading to more opportunities in the long-run.
A new study, conducted by sociologists at the University of Arizona, lends credence to all three of these theories. Whether pregnancy has a negative or positive effect on a woman’s educational progress and future earnings depends on the advantages she had before getting pregnant. The researchers looked at more than 3,600 young women, and their analysis confirmed the generally-accepted notion that young mothers have lower levels of education and total earnings than women who delay becoming pregnant.
But the impact of getting pregnant varies depending on a mother’s personal circumstances, like family expectations and household income. Women who were considered less likely to get pregnant (like those from high-income families in wealthy suburbs) lost out more, in terms of education and future earnings, than women from low-income backgrounds. Teen pregnancy isn’t an isolated issue, the researchers concluded, and it shouldn’t be treated as one.
March 7, 2016 – How Do You Know If Young Men Will Stay With Their Children? Ask About Their Views On Sex.
Can you predict whether or not a young father will stick around to parent his child? Surprisingly, few studies have tried to tackle the issue of teen pregnancy from a father’s point of view. Most research focuses instead on the sexual behavior and beliefs of young women, but a group of researchers at Northwestern University recently broke that trend.
The researchers used interviews with more than 10,200 young men, conducted when they were teens, about their opinions on “risky sex,” birth control and pregnancy. Teens were asked how much they agreed with statements like:
- “If you had sexual intercourse, your friends would respect you more.”
- “It wouldn’t be all that bad if you got someone pregnant at this time in your life.”
- “Using birth control interferes with sexual enjoyment.”
Those questions were asked 14 years ago. This year, the Northwestern researchers checked up on each young man’s fatherhood status, and found strong correlations between the opinions they held during youth and whether or not they were still living with their children.
Teenage males who looked more “favorably” on pregnancy (saying it “wouldn’t be that bad if they got a young woman pregnant”) were 20% more likely to become “nonresident fathers,” living away from their children. Young men who said they were less concerned about having unprotected sex were 30% more likely to become nonresident fathers. Teens who understood how effective birth control is were 28% less likely to become nonresident fathers.
The research is especially important because it doesn’t just look at the connection between a young man’s opinion on sex and his likelihood of becoming a father, but whether or not he’ll remain a resident father, and continue living with his kids.
April 7, 2016 – Unintended Pregnancy Rate Slips Below 50%
A new study from the Guttmacher Institute, published March 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that America’s unplanned pregnancy rate fell to a 30-year low between 2008 and 2011. Unintended pregnancies have always been surprisingly common in the United States, and far higher than other developed countries. In fact, until very recently, it was widely accepted that more than 50% of pregnancies in the US were unplanned. But researchers from Guttmacher, the country’s foremost reproductive health research organization, say just 45% of pregnancies in 2011 were unintended, compared to 51% in 2008. Moreover, those rates fell across the board, regardless of a woman’s marital status, income level, education level, ethnicity or race.