Dear Abby: You recently printed a letter from "Marylou in Houston" about the pain of placing a child for adoption. When I went through this experience, I wrote a poem. You have my permission to print it if you think it will help others to understand the roller-coaster emotions a birth mother goes through making this decision.
--LISA BOTE-PHILLIPS, ALASKA
Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking of placing your baby for adoption? This short video shares how you can get the adoption support you need during this time. Visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com to customize your open adoption plan.Read More
The new show "16 and Pregnant" on MTV follows teens who are pregnant and dealing with issues like marriage, adoption, school, work, and gossip. The first episode, which aired last night, featured Maci, who is pregnant and just graduating high school. Her baby's father, Ryan, doesn't seem supportive at all. While Maci works, goes to college, and takes care of their baby Bentley Cadence, he enjoys nights out with friends and can't even be bothered to change one diaper.Read More
There are some free services available for women who are pregnant. Most of these services are available through your state, such as Medi-caid and the WIC program. Your local hospital may also offer free prenatal classes as well as a free or low-cost pregnancy clinic. Check your local phone book for more information on how to qualify.