Unplanned Pregnancy in MO: Understanding Your Options
By Andreia Pereira
Your period hasn’t come. It’s been a busy month, and you haven’t kept track of it. As you stare at the calendar, the weeks don’t add up. It’s late, like really late. You don’t want to jump to conclusions. Maybe it’s a health problem. You have been under a lot of stress lately, but there’s a nagging voice in your head. You head to a drugstore and buy a pregnancy test to be safe. The wait for the results is agonizing, and the lines begin to appear, two red ones. Oh no, your heart drops to your stomach as you realize you’re pregnant. What do you do now?
What if you found out too late in the pregnancy? You could be five months in, and there is no baby bump. You could blame the lack of period on the new medication you were taking. Maybe you found out very early that you are expecting. There are a whole bunch of reasons for not noticing, but you decided to go forth with the birth. You can already have a big family and can’t add another individual to the mix. Or maybe you have been having safe sex, but the condom broke and was unintended. Or perhaps you are being sexually active with many people. Whatever the circumstances, you realize you can not become a parent.
What are my options for my unplanned pregnancy in Missouri?
After realizing your pregnancy and juggling through the rampant emotions that follow, you need to make a choice. There are three options when a woman realizes she’s pregnant: parenting, terminating, or adopting. Each person’s reasons are their own, and they should feel safe during this stressful time. With Adoption Choices of Missouri, you won’t be judged. Adoption can be wonderful for a baby if they can’t have a happy and successful life with you. Look up adoption agencies near me and find out if you are within a distance of one. Adoption Choices of Missouri are located in Colombia, Independence, Kansas CIty, St. Louis, and Springfield.
What is the adoption process like?
After you make the decision to choose adoption, you ask yourself, how do I put a baby up for adoption? Not to worry, Adoption Choices of Missouri can help with the process. The first step would be to contact adoption agencies near you. Once you have called, texted, or emailed us, we’ll connect you with your own adoption specialist, who will help you with your adoption plan. They’ll give you paperwork to fill out and inform you about the different types of adoption. They can also help you create a budget for food, medical care, rent, etc. They’ll be able to meet you anywhere from the comfort of your home to a secure location, or if you don’t want to meet face to face, there is also the video/phone option. Our adoption specialist will match you with potential adoptive families and give you their profiles.
You’ll be able to choose your baby’s adoptive family if you pick open or semi-open adoption. Then after you choose the family, the counselor will help you when your due date arrives. After you give your final consent, the baby will be with the adoptive family. Aftercare and counseling will be provided if you are feeling your emotions getting the best of you. You can receive pictures or letters from the parents if you choose open adoption.
What are the services Adoption Choices of Missouri offers?
Adoption Choices of Missouri can help with financial support such as paying for food, giving food stamps, etc. If you need a place to live that is safe, they can also help find your safe housing. We also provide emotional support counseling. Being pregnant is an emotional rollercoaster, not to mention the physical strain. We can lessen your anxiety during this process. You are not alone in this journey!
If you just found out you are pregnant and are not prepared to be a mother, Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond. Please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll-free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri, call or text us at 816-527-9800.