Pregnant and Scared: Now What?
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Making decisions can be overwhelming and empowering all at the same time. You get to decide what this life you hold in your hands turns out to be. What future do you want your child to have? Can you provide it or will someone else? Whether you choose to parent your child or you choose for someone else to parent your child, there is help available to you at LFCS.
Becoming a parent provides an array of opportunities for you and your unborn child. While this can be an overwhelming process filled with mixed emotions, remember that you have time to sort out the best choices for your child. So, take time to talk to the ones you love and gather the insight of the parents you most respect. No one can truly prepare you for all the changes you will encounter when you become a parent, but we hope to provide some important information for you to consider in making the best decisions for you and your child.
When someone is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is rarely the first thing that comes to mind. Most people think “I could never give my baby away,” or “my child would grow up to hate me.” Many people simply do not even consider adoption an option. However, after talking about one’s options, many people realize that adoption exists in their own family, maybe, informally, when his/her grandmother took care of Aunt Susie.
Adoption has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. What used to be hidden in secrecy is now celebrated and openly shared. Today, parents who choose an adoption plan for their child have many choices as to who you want to be the parents of your child and what kind of contact you hope to continue with the adoptive family once the child is adopted.
LFCS provides free, confidential, pregnancy, parenting and adoption education to assist you with an unplanned pregnancy. We provide case management and support to help you make a plan for your baby, regardless of your decision.
Call or email us to talk to someone about your situation. We understand and we can help! www.lfcsmo.org or 314-787-5100