You stare at the pregnancy test result in unbelief and wonder if the test is accurate. You just can’t be pregnant. There is no way you can raise a child right now. What are your options? Only you can decide if an abortion or making an adoption plan is right. But we’ll give you the information you need to make the best decision.
Confirm Your Pregnancy With Complimentary Services
It may seem weird, but there is a chance you received a positive pregnancy test result and you aren’t pregnant. Confirming your test results with a no-cost pre-abortion screening from HopePlace is crucial.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the early stages of pregnancy. If you took your pregnancy test shortly after missing your period, you could have gotten a false positive even though you’ve miscarried.
Whether you choose to have an abortion or place your child for adoption, confirming your pregnancy is your first step. You don’t have to decide if you are no longer pregnant.
Choosing to Have an Abortion
In Arkansas, getting an abortion means traveling out of state, which makes confirming your pregnancy all the more essential. Abortion is a major medical decision with potential physical and emotional complications. Make sure you have all the information you need.
What is a Free Pre-Abortion Screening?
A pre-abortion screening involves several steps. Begin by scheduling a free pregnancy test at HopePlace. Here’s what you receive with your pre-abortion screening:
- We check your home test results with a free pregnancy test.
- We provide referrals for a free, local ultrasound if your test is positive. We’ll even provide transportation there if you’d like. An ultrasound confirms if your pregnancy is growing (or you’ve miscarried), locates it to ensure it’s safe, and determines how far along you are.
- Based on your results, receive a free options consultation with a certified life coach consultant.
There are two main types of abortion: medical (also known as the abortion pill) and surgical. The method used is determined by how long you have been pregnant. If you want to learn more about abortion methods, possible risks, incomplete abortion, and potential mental health problems, read our earlier blogs.
Making an Adoption Plan
Just because your pregnancy is unplanned doesn’t mean you can’t create a plan. Choosing to place your child for adoption is a perfectly viable parenting choice. Today, the birth mother (and birth father, if available) selects the adoptive parents who raise her child. She has complete control of the future she wants for them.
Three Main Adoption Plans
You select the plan that’s best for you. Remember, plans can change as you become more comfortable with the process.
- Open Adoption
Spend time looking through bios of potential adoptive parents and select the perfect couple for you and your baby. Meet them before your baby is born to gain confidence in your choice. You can communicate through letters, phone contact, and even personal visits.
- Semi-Open Adoption
This plan is similar to an open adoption but provides the birth mother greater anonymity. You communicate with the adoptive family through a third party, such as your adoption agency representative or attorney.
A closed adoption means the courts seal all birth records. The adoption agency chooses the adoptive parents for you, and you have no contact with one another. This plan provides the most privacy.
Placing your child for adoption is a challenging decision. We can provide referrals for reputable adoption agencies that offer certified life coach consultations and a strong support group.
Your Next Step
Call or text HopePlace to confirm your pregnancy and discuss your options. Schedule an appointment because we’re here to help you and give you the information you need to make a confident choice for your future.