3 Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy as a Birth Mother in New York

Life is hectic. It brings many surprises and challenges, which can be exciting, life changing or cause you to shift and re-evaluate your life entirely. For many women, an unexpected pregnancy can be such an event. They may feel excited to bring a new life into this world, or anxious about the responsibility of it all. Birth mothers can feel one or both ways in either situation, and it is perfectly natural. 

Unplanned pregnancies can also raise a lot of questions and concerns. For instance: What am I doing to go? What are my options for an unplanned pregnancy? The short answer is that you have three options: parenting, terminating the pregnancy or placing your baby for adoption. How you decide which one to choose is completely up to you, and will vary from birth mother to birth mother.

Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy in NY

If you are in the state of New York, there could be several reasons that you may feel unprepared for this pregnancy. The high cost of living can certainly be one of them.  It can be hard to fathom the responsibility of caring for yourself, as well as a child, in such a fast-paced environment. However, Adoption Choices of New York wants you to feel empowered and confident in your decision, no matter what path you take. Here is a more in-depth look at your options as a birth mother experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

  • Parenting Your Child

The decision to parent your child isn’t for everyone. After all, parenting is a lifelong commitment and requires a lot of responsibility. In order to raise your child as he or she deserves, you’ll need to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially ready. If you feel that you are ready to be a parent, have always wanted a family of your own, and feel that the timing is right, then this may be the best option for you. 

But for many birth mothers, parenting can feel like an unrealistic or impossible option. Whether this is in regards to the timing, life struggles or financial issues, the thought of raising a child can feel overwhelming. It’s enough to cause stress and anxiety levels to soar and for a birth mother to  feel unequipped to care for her baby. If you feel like this is you, do not worry. There are two more options available for you to consider. 

  • Terminating Your Pregnancy 

If parenting your child doesn’t seem like a possible reality, you can decide to terminate your pregnancy. For many women, this is a valid option. However, you’ll want to carefully research how your state views abortion and to see if and when it is legal for you. In the state of New York, a pregnant woman may obtain an abortion up to 24 weeks. You may not terminate your pregnancy after this unless your life or health is endangered and an abortion becomes medically necessary.  

It’s crucial to consult your doctor for more information if you are considering an abortion. He or she is your best resource when it comes to your health and will be able to direct you to resources in your area. Your doctor can also  walk you through the steps of the termination procedure and provide all the information you need  to make the best decision possible. If this option intimidates you, there’s one more option you have for your unplanned pregnancy.

  • Placing Your Baby for Adoption

Choosing to place your baby for adoption is another available option for your unplanned pregnancy. Many expectant mothers feel overwhelmed in their current state in life and cannot imagine bringing a baby into it. Perhaps you don’t have a strong support system or stable living situation. Perhaps you already have a full house and don’t have the capacity to raise another child. Maybe you’ve thought about having a family, but you have other goals you want to pursue first. If you feel this way, placing your baby for adoption may be the best option for you. 

To learn more about reasons why birth mothers choose to put their baby up for adoption, be sure to check out this resource.

New York Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy 

When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy in New York, you have three available options. All three offer its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important for you to research each one to the most well-informed decision possible. There is no right or wrong choice. Only what you feel is best for you and your baby. 

Unplanned pregnancies can happen to any woman. They are a part of many women’s lives and can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. It may feel like the end of the world, but it’s not. You have options and you are not alone. If you are a birth mother experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and you want to learn more about your options, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our adoption professionals will be more than happy to answer your questions, address your concerns and help you determine which is the best choice for you and your baby.

Adoption Choices of New York is available to assist with your adoption plan. Call us, text us, email us; we are here for you!
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Meet the Author: Latee Wilburn is an experienced blog/copywriter and social media marketer from the University of Georgia. She has written for many women’s lifestyle spaces, like Society19, BeautyDepot. She has also written for Adspire.us, a start-up working to inform young women in the ad/marketing industry, as well as tell the stories of the successful women before them. Her latest experience was writing and maintaining social media accounts for the true-crime community, MurderMurder News.

Her experience with writing expanded from childhood. It officially began after a creative writing course while she attended Perimeter College. The passion and love for writing quickly grew, and she began to hone her skills in social media marketing and copywriting. Fusing her two experiences to cultivate meaningful copy with an extra creative flair.

She’s currently finishing up her last year at UGA, majoring in Communications. She plans to attend graduate school to get a Master’s in Psychology and become a psychotherapist to help children and young adults with their mental well-being. Until then, she resides in her cozy reading nook in Georgia with her two dogs, Daisy & Peanut.

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