If you're pregnant, you have three options:
- Give birth and parent the baby
- Give birth and have someone else parent the baby (adoption)
- Terminate your pregnancy
If you ask around, you'll receive all kinds of advice. As you gather information you'll want to learn all the facts for yourself and make a fully informed decision.
You'll want to know:
- How will my choice affect me (physically, emotionally, spiritually)?
- How will my choice affect my future?
- Can I fulfill my goals and dreams?
- Will I experience thoughts of regret with my decision?
- Who will support my decision?
- What if people abandon me?
YOUR CHOICE IS FOR A LIFETIME
Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent can be very challenging. A single parent is faced with many decisions to make for herself and her baby. Parenting is a huge responsibility, but also a great joy. With the support of caring people, parenting classes, and other resources, many women find the help they need to make this choice.
Each year over 50,000 women in America make an adoption plan. Planning for adoption is a decision that takes courage and maturity, and it involves putting the needs and best interests of the child first. Many types of adoption plans are available: Confidential Adoption: Provides total confidentiality for adoptive parents and birth parents. Semi-open Adoption: Gives both families an opportunity to develop a relationship over time through an intermediary. It permits sharing some information. Open Adoption: Gives everyone involved the opportunity to communicate directly with each other. There is open sharing of identifying information about birth parents and adoptive families. There is continued contact after placement of the baby. Pictures, letters, visits may be arranged. Many people have misconceptions about adoption. New Path will help you sort through these misunderstandings. Whether or not you choose adoption, New Path is here to encourage and support you.