“I Just Found Out That I’m Pregnant, Now What?”
Having worked in adoption for over 30 years, The Law Office of Madonna Finney has helped hundreds of women navigate their options when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida. Whether or not you’re ready to make a firm a decision about your pregnancy options, it’s important that you start thinking about the future.
Here are some common questions that we are frequently asked by women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
“I just took a pregnancy test, and it was positive. What should I do now?”
If you weren’t planning this pregnancy, you may be feeling afraid and overwhelmed. Please remember you are not alone. In the United States, over 3 million women a year face unplanned pregnancies. Truly, you are not alone! But the first step you should take is to talk to someone you trust.
“Who can I talk with about this pregnancy?”
You may be lucky to have a parent, relative, partner or good friend you feel comfortable speaking with. You may also have a trusted doctor, counselor or clergy member you can discuss your unexpected pregnancy with. If not, our professional counselors are available to speak with you without cost or obligation.
“What does it take to be a good parent?”
Parenting a child is more than babysitting, it’s a lifetime commitment and hard work. In order to be a good parent, you’ll need to be prepared to put a child’s needs above your own. This means not always being able to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. A child will require your full attention, almost at all times. “While parenthood can be one of the most amazing and rewarding times in your life, it is a major responsibility that you need to prepare for,” says licensed mental health counselor Jamie Kulaga, Ph.D
“How do I know if I would be a good parent?”
Talk to any mother and they will tell you: no one is perfect and no one really knows anything about parenting until they’re actually doing it. But have you ever cared for a young child? If you have, then you probably have a good idea of the level of commitment it takes to be a good parent. If you haven’t, then you should maybe consider trying to spend some time around a baby or a young child. This will help you get a better idea of whether or not you’re ready to become a parent.
“Will I be able to care for a child, financially?”
That all depends on how you’re doing financially, right now. While there are certainly financial resources available to help you, it’s important that you consider two questions: Are you able to support yourself, in addition to a child? And do you have a stable home life and/or are you able to establish one before your child is born?
If you’ve come to this page for advice or are considering giving a baby up for adoption, you can always talk with our team. Exploring your pregnancy options does not commit you to pick one outcome over another.
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