Birth Parents Blog

Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 16, 2018

Are you wondering whether adoption is the right choice for you and your baby? You might be feeling overwhelmed, scared, alone, and unsure. Let us assure you that you're not alone. While you may feel like you're the only one in the world facing an unplanned pregnancy, you're not. It's normal to feel that way.

But you're not the first or the last to walk this path. That can be comforting to hear because it means that there are resources, support, and information available to help you right now. Knowing your options and becoming well-informed can help you to feel more confident about whichever decision you make.

Today, we're giving you questions you can ask yourself to help decide if parenting or adoption is going to be the right choice for you!

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy choices, Pregnancy choices, adopt out my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, adoption for my baby

"I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

Here at Lifetime, we get messages every day from women facing situations like this: "I'm 8 months pregnant and raising a little girl too.  Money's always been tight, so I have no idea how I'm going to feed another mouth. I'm contacting you because I'm thinking that adoption will be best for my soon-to-be-born baby. I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby, and I'm wondering how do I adopt out my baby?"

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Topics: adopt out my child, adoption for my baby, give my baby up for adoption, is adoption right for me, Pregnancy choices, unplanned pregnancy choices

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

I’m 16 and Pregnant! What Should I Do?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2016

Question: I’m 16 and I just found out that I’m pregnant. My boyfriend and I have only had sex once! I haven’t told him yet, and I definitely don’t want to tell my parents. I love my boyfriend and I don’t want to lose him! What should I do?

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, teen pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant, Pregnancy choices

Help! I’m Pregnant and Have No Clue How to Tell My Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 8, 2016

If you live with your parents and have just found out you're pregnant, you're likely freaking out right now. Maybe you're still in high school, or maybe you've moved back in with your parents after college.

No matter your living situation, breaking the news to them that you have an unplanned pregnancy may be hard. Unsure how to tell your parents you are pregnant? We've created helpful tips to help you!

So we've made a quick list of 3 steps to follow to tell them:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, tell my parents i'm pregnant, Pregnancy choices

Why I Chose Adoption for My Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 10, 2015

Rebecca’s Adoption Story

When you’re pregnant and thinking about your choices, it can help to hear from someone who’s been “in your shoes.” Here’s one woman’s story about how she decided adoption was the best course of action for her situation...

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Topics: Adoption for my child, Pregnancy choices, Adoption story, adoption for my baby

How to Tell Your Baby’s Father You’re Thinking About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2015

So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and have realized with shock that you’re pregnant. What?! You weren’t ready to become a mom right now! If adoption is the pregnancy choice that you’d like to do, your next step is telling the news to your baby’s father...

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Topics: teen pregnancy, Baby's father, Pregnancy choices

The 8 Best Questions to Ask an Adoption Center

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 28, 2015

Making an adoption plan for your child is a huge decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. These 8 questions will help you select the right adoption professional for you. Your journey will go a lot smoother if you are working with a good adoption company…they will be there to answer your questions and help you deal with things you’re worried about.

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adoption plan, adoption or parenting

What Kind of Parent Would I Be?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 3, 2015

Mardie Caldwell, author of So I Was Thinking About Adoption, writes to birthmothers of all different walks of life. Here is an excerpt from her book.

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, Pregnant and considering Adoption

Pregnancy Options: Lifetime Can Help

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 7, 2014

Being pregnant means eating for two and getting the right medical care. Both of these things can be very expensive. Even the smaller things you will need during your pregnancy, such as prenatal vitamins and maternity clothes, may be costly. If you have already looked into your pregnancy options and know that adoption is right for you but are worried you simply can’t afford the costs of being pregnant, please know that you can get help!

Lifetime Adoption has been helping and supporting birthmoms through their pregnancy and with their search for an adoptive family since 1986. Their services are available nationwide, and are free for birthparents. Adoptive parents pay for legal fees, reasonable pregnancy-related expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, consulting, and counseling fees. Lifetime can also help you find resources to meet your non-medical needs, such as help with living expenses, school supplies, household items, and maternity clothes.

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Topics: Adoption for my child, Pregnancy choices