When you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, but it is important to remember that you have options and resources to help you navigate your next steps. One of your options when facing an unplanned pregnancy is adoption.
Adoption can be a great option for some women, depending on their situation. Here are the top five reasons that women choose adoption.
1. She is not ready to be a mother.
Whether it is because she is finishing her education, wants to focus on her career, or just feels unprepared to raise a child, a woman may decide that she is not ready to have a child at this point in her life. Choosing adoption allows her to place her child with a family that is prepared and willing to give him or her a loving home.
2. She does not want to be a mother or decides her family is already complete.
Some women simply do not have the desire to raise children or to be a mother at all – and that is okay! Choosing adoption allows the child to be placed with parents who have the desire to add another member to their family.
Other women find themselves pregnant after they have decided that their family is complete. This could be because they don’t have the time, energy, or resources to care for another child and meet the needs of the children they already have. This allows a woman to place the child with another family so she can continue to care for her other children.
3. She wants her baby to have a different upbringing than she had.
A woman may not be in a safe or stable situation and does not want to raise a child in those conditions. Maybe she does not have a good relationship with the father and does not want her child to be raised in a single-parent home or with parents who do not get along. Or, she might not be in a financial or career position to offer her child the kind of opportunities that she wants.
Whatever the reason, placing a child for adoption could allow them to be brought up in a positive and stable environment.
4. She needs help with the medical costs of pregnancy.
Pre-natal care can be expensive, and many women cannot fathom paying for the cost of carrying the pregnancy to term. In many adoption processes, the mother receives financial assistance for expenses associated with prenatal care and hospital expenses. Assistance from an adoption agency can allow her to give birth to a healthy baby and create an adoption plan for the child.
5. She doesn’t feel like abortion or being a parent is the right choice for her.
At the end of the day, it is always up to the woman facing an unplanned pregnancy to choose what is best for her unique situation. After getting information about abortion and parenting, she may decide that neither of those options is a good choice for her.
There are many reasons beyond what is listed above why women choose adoption when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. No matter what you choose, it’s important that you’ve taken the time to think about your options, learn about each one and make an educated, confident decision that you can live with for the rest of your life.