Birth Parents Blog

What Do I Get to Decide About the Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 4, 2018

If you've just gotten a positive pregnancy test, it's common to feel out of control and unsure of what to do next. When you start to explore the pregnancy choice of adoption, you'll begin to realize how much control you have over the process.

Making a modern adoption plan with Lifetime gives you tons of choices! You're able to decide what type of adoption plan is best for you and your baby. This includes selecting your baby's adoptive parents, how much you'll stay in touch in the future, and more!

Today, Lifetime is sharing 4 questions to ask yourself as you create your custom adoption plan:

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Topics: modern adoption, positive pregnancy test, Adoption choices, adoption plan for my baby, adoption plan

The Test is Positive...Now What?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2018

You've been feeling nauseous, your period was late, and you finally went out and bought a pregnancy test.

After nervously waiting the required three minutes, you held your breath and looked at the test. You prayed and demanded that the test have just one line. Your face became flushed as you saw the two lines screaming "positive" at you.

If you're reading this, then chances are this has happened to you! You're probably feeling super-overwhelmed right now. You might be feeling guilt, shock, and resentment. You might even be wondering "now what?"

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Topics: positive pregnancy test, missed period, morning sickness, unplanned pregnancy

7 Things No One Tells You About Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 22, 2017

Many women have stood in line holding a pregnancy test, whether it's for a friend or a "friend." It doesn’t matter who is peeing on the stick: if a pregnancy test is being bought, it's like you can feel the panic in the air.

Once you saw that positive pregnancy test, you might have felt a surge of anxiety. It's as if your stomach dropped to your feet and nothing in life makes sense. For the next few mornings, you wake up with the realization that it wasn’t a dream and you're really pregnant.

Here are 7 things that no one tells you about unplanned pregnancy, and that we want you to know:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy choices, positive pregnancy test, missed period

"I knew adoption was the best thing I could do for my son"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 5, 2017

What’s it like to experience an unplanned pregnancy while you’re still in college? Check out Hannah’s story and how she came to decide on adoption:

"When I saw that positive pregnancy test, I knew I couldn’t make parenting work. I was a full-time college student at the time, deep in debt, and my baby’s dad”wasn’t in the picture. My son would've been in daycare full-time, only seeing me for a few minutes in the early morning and at night. I would have had to work all the time just to afford the necessities. I knew adoption was the answer for me because there are so many couples that desperately want a child, and are prepared to care for one.

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Topics: place my baby up for adoption, pregnant in college, unplanned pregnancy, positive pregnancy test, Adoption story

I'm Pregnant?! What Should I Do?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2017

What happens when you take a pregnancy test, and that line appears? When you have an unplanned pregnancy, but don’t want to have a baby yet, this can make your life more complicated than imagined.

An unplanned pregnancy can be depressing, scary, sad, or thrilling. When you see that positive pregnancy test, your emotions might seem like they're changing from minute to minute. This is totally normal!

When you take a few moments to let your news sink in and really think about it, you'll realize that life as you know it will change. No matter what happens next, this has happened.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, positive pregnancy test, missed period

Telling Your Parents You're Pregnant? Get Our 4 Quick Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 29, 2017

Telling your family about your unplanned pregnancy can make for an awkward conversation. Because they're shocked, your parents might say things that they probably don’t mean.

The idea of breaking the news to your parents that you're pregnant might be stressing you out, especially if you think they'll be disappointed in you.

Today, we're giving you 4 quick tips for getting through this conversation with your family:

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Topics: positive pregnancy test, missed period, tell my parents i'm pregnant

Help! I'm Broke AND Just Found Out I'm Pregnant

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 25, 2017

Nothing causes stress like being broke and having tons of unpaid bills. Add an unplanned pregnancy on top of that, and it might seem like the whole world is coming down on you. If you feel that way, know that you have lots of ways to get financial help with your pregnancy and decide on your pregnancy choices.

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Topics: unwanted pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, adopt out my baby, positive pregnancy test, missed period

I'm Pregnant! Should We Get Married?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2017

Question: I just got a positive pregnancy test...help! Being a mom wasn't something I planned on at 19! My baby's dad and I have been dating for two years now. Would it be best if we just settled down now and got married? Then, we can try and raise this kid together...

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, positive pregnancy test, missed period, Marriage, Relationships, relationship questions, Baby's father, baby's dad

Teens and Adoption...What Are Your Rights?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 4, 2017

If you’re in your teens and are pregnant, your parents can’t force you into a decision about your baby. Before you decide what to do about your pregnancy, make sure to learn all that you can about your pregnancy choices and parenting options. Lifetime is available 24/7 to help you learn about adoption, including all of the birth mother rights and choices you have with modern adoption.

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Topics: teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, adoption or parenting, positive pregnancy test

What Happens When People in College Get Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 4, 2017

Picture waking up to go to your morning classes after being awake most of the night with a crying baby. When you’re done with your classes, you go to your job for 8 hours. Once you’re done with work, you pick up your baby from childcare. Then, you return home and start the process all over again. In this situation, you’re not really raising your child; the daycare provider is doing most of the nurturing and caring for your child. Even though this daily routine is necessary, it’s not the best way for a child to start out.

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Topics: pregnant in college, unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, I think I'm pregnant, missed period, positive pregnancy test, modern adoption