Finding out you are pregnant when you were not planning to have a child can be a frightening experience. As reality sets in, you will have many decisions to make when planning a future for you and your child. Take a deep breath - you have options. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and think adoption may be your best option, carefully consider what it really means and the steps it takes to complete the adoption process. In the end, you may find out that adoption may or may not be the best choice.
So why do birthparents choose adoption, anyway? Birthparents place their children for adoption for any number of reasons. Perhaps you do not have the financial resources to care for yourself and a child. Maybe you already have children and cannot afford to properly raise another. Perhaps your relationship with the birth father is not stable, safe or healthy. Whatever your reason for placing may be, adoption is a huge life decision, and should be treated with careful thought and consideration.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 4 million women give birth each year. Out of those 4 million, nearly one third of them will have some kind of pregnancy related complication. While some complications occur from actions that are out of the mother’s control, many happen simply because the mother is unaware of the type of care she needs. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important that you learn how to properly care for yourself and your child before and after delivery.