What Does Adoption Look Like?
The first thing to know about adoption is that a lot has changed and it may not be what you think it is. Today the adoption process empowers the birthmother with countless choices. A woman considering this option is able to choose the family, where they live, how many kids in the family, religious background, economic level-whatever is important to her. Family options are endless. There are an estimated 2 million families waiting each year to adopt. In most instances there is no cost to the birthmother.
How much do you really know? Many women are choosing adoption and are proud about their decision. Some women do not feel ready to parent and see adoption as an option that benefits everyone involved.
Researching your options is a smart step to take. This is a choice that you need to think about carefully, but if you can’t parent, no matter what the reason, adoption may be the right choice for you. A Woman’s Concern would be glad to help you research this as an option for you.
Parenting can be a struggle at any age no matter what the circumstances. The staff at A Woman’s Concern is here to encourage, educate, and support you by providing tools and resources such as our Parenting Education Program. This program is free of charge. If you choose to enroll in the program, our staff will develop an individualized lesson plan that is specific to your needs to help you better understand both the joys and the challenges of parenting. Staff members provide ongoing support, as you prepare to be the best parent possible.
As you work through the Parenting Education Program, you can earn “points” with which you can “purchase” baby items from our Boutique. You can save points for a car seat, crib and mattress combination, stroller, pack ‘n play, or bassinet. Or, you can redeem your points for smaller items along the way, such as diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothing, and many other items. The Boutique features all new items.
Contact A Woman’s Concern today to enroll in this practical, helpful program.
Before You Get an Abortion Procedure
1. VERIFY YOUR PREGNANCY
Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant. Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you may want help verifying your pregnancy. A Woman’s Concern provides laboratory-quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate and offers a limited OB ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are.
2. GET AN ULTRASOUND
An ultrasound is an important next step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus) or if you might naturally miscarry.
3. GET TESTED FOR STDS
Before choosing an abortion clinic, get tested for STDs. Many women with STDs are asymptomatic and do not realize they are infected. Women who undergo a termination procedure with an untreated STD are up to 25% more likely to develop PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain.
Understanding Different Abortion Procedures
Different abortion methods are used to end pregnancy based on how far along you are. You deserve to know the facts and be fully informed. At A Woman’s Concern, we take time to educate you on the different abortion methods that may be available to you. Our caring staff will help you understand what you can expect from each type of abortion procedure and present documented abortion risk factors so that you can make an informed decision. Make an appointment with A Woman’s Concern today!
Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)
Medical or non-surgical abortion uses RU-486 or other types of chemicals to terminate an early pregnancy.This method of abortion is now approved up to 10 weeks (70 days) into pregnancy. Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete.
Have you taken the first dose of mifepristone (also known as RU486 or the abortion pill)? Do you regret your decision and wish you could reverse the effects of the abortion pill? It may not be too late! Call 877.558.0333, a 24/7 hotline, to speak with a medical professional who can direct you to a provider near you. Learn more at abortionpillreversal.com.
If you’re not a candidate for a medical abortion or if the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion would be necessary. As the name implies, a surgical abortion is a surgical procedure ending a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) using surgical instruments. There are different types of surgical procedures and different methods (depending on how far along you are).
No One Can Decide for You
When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it’s YOUR decision, and no one should decide for you. Our staff and client advocates will give you the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision for yourself. No one can force you to terminate your pregnancy, even if you are a minor.
Questions to Ask if Seeking An Abortion
If you are considering abortion, there are a lot of questions to think about before deciding what to do.
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along in the pregnancy am I?
- Do I have a STD?
- What abortion methods can be used?
- What happens after an abortion?
- Are there other options available to me?
- What if I already had an abortion?
- Make an appointment to discuss abortion procedures and get answers to your questions about pregnancy and abortion.
Our center offers consultations and accurate information about all pregnancy options, but we do not offer or refer for emergency contraception or abortion services.
This Information is intended for education purposes and is not a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice. If you have any questions, call us today and we will do our best to answer those questions and support you every step of the way.