October 31, 2023
I’ve Already Had an Abortion and Don’t Want Another One. What Are My Options?
If you've experienced an abortion and are seeking other pregnancy alternatives, there are two paths to consider: raising a child or opting for adoption. Both choices involve seeing your pregnancy through to full term, but each offers an opportunity for your child’s future.
Choosing to Become a Parent
You may be concerned about your readiness to raise your child or potential challenges in childcare. For many women, parenting has been a deeply fulfilling experience, even with the inherent challenges. Having these feelings is natural, but rest assured, numerous resources are available to guide you should you embark on this journey.
To help you navigate the decision-making process, consider the following questions:
- Is my financial situation stable? If not, what aid can I access for housing, bills, food, and other necessities?
- What are my primary concerns about becoming a parent?
- If I decide against parenting, how will that decision affect my emotions?
- Do I have a supportive network in the form of family, friends, or a partner? If not, where might I find such support? (Consider community centers, religious institutions, etc.)
If you’re concerned about the prospect of parenting, adoption might be for you. While this decision can be emotional, it's a profound act that can bring immense happiness to an adoptive family and the chance to give your child a promising future.
With most adoptions, you have the freedom to select the adoptive family, determine a plan for communication with the family, and decide on the information you'd like the family to know about you.
Charting the Path Ahead
Confronting an unexpected pregnancy can be a whirlwind of emotions, but remember, you have a supportive community behind you. At Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic, we provide a range of services, from pregnancy resources to expert referrals, assisting you in discerning the best path forward. Connect with our compassionate team members today.