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

Abortion or Adoption? How to Make the Choice That's Right For You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 9, 2019

"Abortion is quick and easy. A clean break. No one will even have to know I was pregnant."

Many believe that abortion is a quick fix for a pregnancy they didn't plan on. In reality, things are much more complicated. This "quick fix" can be followed by lifelong regret and grief.

Desperate for a "quick fix," women sometimes rush into an abortion decision before they've had the chance to explore all of their pregnancy options fully.

We encourage you to explore all of your options, so you can make a fully informed decision about what’s best for you. Before making this decision, it's important to consider some of the challenges of this option:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, missed period, positive pregnancy test, abortion or adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices, abortion vs adoption

Blessed by Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 3, 2013

Here's a heartfelt note that a Lifetime birth mother just sent one of Lifetime's caring adoption coordinators, Veronica:

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Topics: Adoption, pregnancy pregnant decisions, Open Adoption

Is It Selfish to Consider Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 10, 2013

We often get asked by women who are thinking about making an adoption plan for their child: "is it selfish to consider adoption? Is it selfish to consider parenting" No, neither decision is selfish if you are making it based on the right reasons.

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Topics: Adoption, pregnancy pregnant decisions, Parenting, counseling pregnancy

Hollie's Story of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 29, 2013

Hollie chose to place her son for adoption nearly 4 years ago. Since then, her life has grown and changed, and she maintains a good relationship with the family she chose for her baby.

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Topics: Adoption, pregnancy pregnant decisions

Adoptive Family Video: James & Kris

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 2, 2013

Check out this adoption video that was recently created by Lifetime adoptive couple James and Kris:

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Topics: pregnancy pregnant decisions, Open Adoption, Adoptive parent video

Have you been involved with Child Protective Services?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 13, 2013

Lifetime Adoption Center, Inc. has a unique program that offers families an alternative to CPS and Foster Care.

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Topics: pregnancy pregnant decisions, Child Protective Services

Not Sure About Adoption...

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 7, 2013

Just today, we got a call from a woman considering adoption for her baby. She asked us: "I'm not sure yet what I want to do. Can I just get information emailed to me for now?"

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Topics: Adoption Questions, pregnancy pregnant decisions, abortion help pregnant, counseling pregnancy

Adoption is a Responsible Choice

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 6, 2013

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Topics: Adoption, Pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, high school pregnancy, pregnant

Watch Videos from Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 2, 2013

Did you know that you can watch videos online that were created by Lifetime's adoptive parents? In their adoption videos, hopeful adoptive families share about their lives, homes, jobs, hobbies, and hopes for adopting.

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Topics: Adoption, unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions