Starting Point Pregnancy and Family Resource Center

The Holidays and Unplanned Pregnancy

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As excited as we all get about the holiday season, buying presents, stringing up the lights, and planning big meals for family and friends can equal major Christmas stress.  If you recently found out that you are pregnant, the news may be taking your stress to another level.

Pregnancy can be a gift that some people long and hope for.  But for many women, it can also be unexpected.  Some women find that they are excited at the idea, but nervous and uncertain.  Others are adamant that they are NOT ready to be a parent. 

If you are worried or don’t know what step to take, we can help!  Know that even if you are worried about sharing the news with your family and friends you are not alone.

At our Starting Point Pregnancy and Family Resource Center here is what it looks like when women come in who are feeling nervous and scared about their pregnancy and are unsure how to tell their family:

 We first ask them to share a little about their situation. As we sit and listen it helps us to gather a better understanding of what they are needing. We then take time to go over all their concerns and fears. We hope that this will ease their minds and give them a chance to slow down their thoughts and feelings. If we can help ease the fears it will allow them to think more clearly about their situation. This will help them tell their family and friends and have support from others, so they do not feel alone. We then can provide them with education and resources that our center ha to assist them during this difficult time.

There are three choices and ways that we can help.  

  1. Parenting – we will help you by equipping both you and the baby’s father with resources through parenting classes and community referrals.
  2. Adoption – we will guide you through the adoption process and then connect you with a credible agency that will let you choose either open adoption (allows you to have an ongoing relationship with the adoptive parents and child) or closed adoption (no contact with the child).  
  3. Abortion – One of our Nurses will sit with you and explain the types of abortion and risks and procedures for your current stage of pregnancy.  We can also give you a free ultrasound to determine viability and how far along you are in the pregnancy before you make your decision.

Although the timing may not be what you imagined, there is still hope.  An unplanned pregnancy could turn out to be an unexpected gift this Christmas.