A Resource When You Need It Most
We understand that an unexpected pregnancy can be very stressful. Even if you are in a relationship, experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can leave you feeling isolated, especially when you need to think about your options.
But you don’t have to go through this alone. If you’re pregnant and believe you lack the resources to parent your child, here is some information for you to consider. Choosing Hope Adoptions has a team of educated, caring people available 24/7 to provide information and support while you decide which choice is right for you and your future.
A Decision That Leaves a Lasting Impact
The reasons for considering adoption vs. abortion are as individual as the women facing this decision. Whatever your life situation, if you are pregnant and unable to parent a child, your two choices are aborting the pregnancy or placing the baby for adoption.
It may seem like abortion is a fast solution to an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, especially when you don’t have the financial stability and emotional support needed to go through the pregnancy. But abortion comes with its own set of burdens that you should consider while weighing your options.
Adoption Gives You More Choices
Abortion is legal in Ohio. However, specific provisions within the law restrict the amount of time you have to undergo the procedure. Many women don’t realize that they’re pregnant until several weeks into the pregnancy. If this happens, you may feel rushed and pressured into making a decision that, once done, you cannot take back.
Choosing to place your infant with an adoptive family can actually give you a greater sense of control over your future as well as your child’s. When you work with Choosing Hope Adoptions, you can select a family whose values align with how you would want your child to be raised. You can also choose how much contact you have with the adoptive family as your child grows up. And you have the option to change your mind if you decide you want to keep and raise your baby.
Physical Impacts of Abortion and Full-Term Pregnancy
Generally speaking, women’s bodies are designed for childbearing and giving birth. However, there are some instances—albeit rare—where a full-term pregnancy and childbirth can endanger the mother’s health and safety. When talking to a doctor about your options, it’s essential to know your own health history as well as your family history. Some studies indicate that carrying a pregnancy to full term—particularly a first pregnancy—lowers the risk of developing breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer later in life. Those studies show that pregnancies that end in abortion do not provide the same protective benefit. If you have a family history of such cancers, it’s worth it to consider continuing your pregnancy and placing your child for adoption.
Both childbearing and abortion have intense physical ramifications, and you should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional to explain the natural processes and potential complications associated with abortion and childbirth. Whether you choose to carry your pregnancy to term and give birth or have an abortion, your body will need time to recover.
Whichever option you choose, it’s essential that you have support available beginning with your decision-making process and all the way through post-pregnancy. This support is not only vital to your emotional well-being, but it’s also essential to have someone available should you experience any complications, whether from the abortion procedure or post-childbirth.
Choosing Hope Adoptions has a full team available to you at all times to help you gather and understand the information you need to make this life-changing decision. And should you choose to create an adoption plan for your child, we offer long-term support during your pregnancy, and after your baby is placed with a family of your choosing.
Effects on Mental Health
Deciding whether to have an abortion, raise a child, or place your baby with an adoptive family can be a very difficult decision process, especially because of the stigma that women—particularly unwed women—face when they have an unplanned pregnancy. While we passionately advocate for raising a child in a safe, loving home, we want to make it clear that we will not judge you for your decision.
Women who have an abortion often feel a mix of emotions, including sadness, relief, happiness, anxiety, and grief. These feelings are amplified by the changes in hormone levels that you experience during pregnancy, even if it is ended early. It is also common for women who have carried their pregnancy to its full term to experience a wide range of emotions and post-partum hormone shifts. Some of these changes can also lead to anxiety and depression.
That’s why it is so vital to have post-pregnancy support. With Choosing Hope Adoptions, you’ll have a support network that includes our staff and professional counselors. You’ll also have the peace of mind knowing that your child is in a loving and supportive home with a family who shares your values.
Adoption Can Relieve the Financial Burden on Pregnant Mothers
Even though abortion is permitted by law in Ohio, having one performed in a safe, clean environment by a qualified doctor can be very expensive. And many health insurance plans don’t cover the cost of the procedure. So, even if it seems like having an abortion will relieve you of the financial pressure of pregnancy and childbirth, you need to have substantial financial resources to pay for the procedure and after-care and transportation to and from the clinic or hospital.
If you don’t have financial resources or a support system to help you, making an adoption plan for your child can relieve you of the financial burden associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Agencies such as Choosing Hope and the adoptive family can help you with your medical and legal costs and provide living expenses such as housing, utilities, and food. And in addition to these costs, you have free access to a birth mom support group after your child is adopted.
Choosing Hope Adoptions is Committed to Helping Expecting Moms in Ohio
If you’re pregnant and unsure whether you have the resources and ability to raise a child, you may be weighing the benefits and consequences of abortion vs. adoption.
Choosing Hope Adoptions is here to help expecting mothers in Ohio. We offer counseling and information to help you decide what option is right for you and your child. Should you choose adoption, we’ll work with you to create an adoption plan for your baby. We have several loving families who are excited to welcome a new child into their home. Each family meets the stringent requirements set by the State of Ohio. They also meet our own conditions to provide a secure, loving environment that will help your child blossom.
While you create an adoption plan, we’ll help you work with your baby’s biological father to ensure that his rights, your rights, and most importantly, your child’s rights are protected. And when you place your child with one of our adoptive families, Choosing Hope will provide you with up to $3,000 that you can use for living expenses and medical care, plus lifetime access to our birth mom’s support group.
As you can see, adoption not only gives you more choices, but it also gives you more time to make critical decisions about your future and your child’s future. Our caring, compassionate staff is available right now to help you. No matter where you are in Ohio or what time of day it is, you can give us a call or send us a text.