Birth Parents Blog

How to Tell Your Family About an Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 18, 2019

If you're a teen and have just discovered you're pregnant, you're not alone. Right now, you might feel scared, confused, or shocked. You might be thinking something like, "This can't really be happening." And you know you'll have to tell your parents.

No matter how close you are with your parents, you probably aren't sure how they'll react.

Telling your family about an unplanned pregnancy can be a really awkward conversation to have. Just the surprise alone can be enough to make parents say and do things in the heat of the moment that they probably don’t mean.

Here are some tips to have an open and honest conversation with your parents — and to figure out what to do next.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, tell my parents i'm pregnant

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

Adoption Q & A:My parents are kicking me out of the house because I am pregnant. Do you have a home for mothers or a place for me to go?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 4, 2013


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Topics: Pregnancy, Adoption Questions, Confidentiality, 16 and Pregnant, safe haven

Going to College with Just a G.E.D.

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 28, 2013

Q: I left school to have my baby at sixteen. I placed by my baby for adoption, right after she was born. It was a super hard thing to do, but I didn't want my mother raising her! That would have been a major downer. So, with the help of an amazing school counselor, I managed to pass my GED. It’s not a standard high school diploma and I am afraid it will hurt my chances of going back to school. Can I still go to college? Help!

A: "G.E.D." stands for General Educational Development test. It is a test that anyone can take to measure their mastery of high school level skills. Most colleges accept the G.E.D. as qualifications to enter their programs. However, the pressure is on at major state, private and university campuses to be the best of the best. Many high school graduates at the top of their class get turned down by their first and second choice schools.

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Topics: parents, 16 and Pregnant, scholarship

Finding Out Who Your True Friends Are

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 17, 2013

There is nothing like hitting a rough patch in life to find out who your true friends are! That BFF you thought would be there forever has “de-friended” you and won’t return your texts! The group you had lunch with, suddenly makes it clear that you are not welcome to sit with them. Your study partner chooses someone else.

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Topics: 15 and pregnant, Pregnancy, high school pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant

Adoption Magazine: Browse Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 28, 2013

Many women have let us know that it helps them understand open adoption better by seeing the kinds of adoptive families to choose from. Often a woman may not be sure about choosing adoption until she finds just the right parents to adopt her baby. One way she can get an idea of the types of parents hoping to adopt is by viewing the Lifetime Adoption Magazine online!

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Topics: 15 and pregnant, Adoption Questions, pregnancy pregnant decisions, 16 and Pregnant, counseling pregnancy

Can I Choose Adoption or Can My Mom Take My Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 14, 2013

Q I’m 15 and I turn 16 in a few weeks. I want to know if there is anyway my mom can take my child because I’m scared she’s going try to take her from me! I just want to make sure me and my baby are safe…
please call me


A It must be a really scary time for you right now! The laws vary from state to state regarding parental rights over their pregnant teens. Most states give the choice to the teen. You didn’t leave us your phone number; however, you can contact us at 1-800-923-6784 anytime, day or night. The professionals at Lifetime Adoption can tell you if you are in a state that allows teens to make the choice of adoption for their child on their own.

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Topics: 15 and pregnant, question, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, Birthmother, pregnant

Is It Hard Being a Teen Mom: Real Life Facts

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 4, 2010

Q: Is it hard being a teen mom?

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Topics: 15 and pregnant, teenmom, teenage moms, high school pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy

I don't think I can do this on my own!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 19, 2009

Dear Mardie,
I watched the show tonight about being a pregnant teen. I can relate. I am almost 16. My baby is 3 months old. When I found out I was pregnant, I was lucky because my family was behind me. But being pregnant was the easy part. I mean it was hard, and labor was awful, but I definitely didn't think it was going to be like this after my baby came. Taking care of my baby is really hard- my mom started help with me in the beginning, but she had to go back to work and now me and Lauren are home alone all day and I don't even have a license so I can get out and have some freedom. I have to take care of everything on my own at home. I mean I am up all night and then up early to feed her and then hardly have time for my friends or doing things I like. As soon as I start to get dressed or put my makeup on the baby starts crying. I really didn't think it would be like this. I was so excited but it is so much work. It's like I just take care of her and if I'm lucky I get some sleep. Everything is about the baby, and then people are judging me or telling me how to take care of Lauren like I'm stupid or something.

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Topics: Adoption, Pregnancy, children, unplanned pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant, MTV