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Pregnancy Adoption Help in Missouri 

Pregnancy Adoption Help in Missouri 

By Naomi Ruiz 

Are you considering adoption and seeking information on how to create a birth plan? Do you feel unsure of where to start with your adoption plan and birth plan? Adoption Choices of Missouri can help you with everything you need to get started and have your plan set in motion.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is committed to providing birth mothers with a full range of services to ensure safety, support, and care. We provide open adoptions and create personal plans to help you through the adoption process. Here is what we can provide and assist you with to begin your adoption journey.

Ways to Get Through the Adoption Process

We have worked with women in need for many years throughout Missouri. Many of them do not have any support and have come to us to talk about their circumstances and pregnancy. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we provide support counseling to all birth mothers during and after the adoption process. 

You can talk about your feelings about giving up your child for adoption with our support counselors. They can also provide emotional support post-placement to see how you are feeling after the adoption plan has already been completed. It can take a lot of time to heal, no matter what stage you are at during and after adoption.

But a technical way to get through the process is for adoptive families to have a professional home study done. Though we take care of the home study, it is a very important step in your adoption help. Home studies gather information about the prospective adoptive family and educate and prepare the prospective family for adoption.

It also evaluates the capability and suitability of the prospective family to adopt. We offer home study services for both domestic and international adoptions. Our adoption specialist can travel to your home to complete your home study, and we will complete it in four short weeks with all documentation in place.

A home study is particularly stressful for prospective adoptive parents. However, it is an integral part of the adoption process. It helps us ensure that your baby goes to a loving, secure, and stable home. 

There is also financial assistance during pregnancy, which can play a huge factor in the adoption process. It can be stressful to worry about finances during a rollercoaster ride like adoption. However, we will compensate you for anything you may need during the process.

About Our Financial Assistance 

Though you would not be getting paid to give your baby up for adoption, however, if eligible, you might be entitled to receive financial support to cover pregnancy-related expenses you may have. For adoption in Missouri, adoptive parents are able to provide financial assistance during your pregnancy. An adoption counselor can work with you to determine your expenses, which may include the following: 

  • Rent and Utilities
  • Food
  • Maternity Clothing
  • Phone Service
  • Groceries

We understand that you may need help with money during the adoption. It may be difficult for you to work, live in your current environment, or care for your family while you are pregnant. Especially if your family, friends, or community are not supportive of your pregnancy or adoption decision.

Financial assistance for adoption varies by living situation and stage of pregnancy, as your needs may change throughout the pregnancy as well. Your adoption counselor can get a better understanding of your living situation and financial needs during your pregnancy. She will work as quickly as possible to get you financial assistance, and you might also be eligible to receive it six weeks after your delivery.

One of our other services that come hand-in-hand with your financial assistance is safe housing. Not having adequate housing or a safe place to sleep can lead to unnecessary stress and discomfort. It is essential for you to find a place that is free from abuse, violence, and other potential hazards.

We can help you find and afford proper housing so you can rest easy without any additional worry. A safe home can provide the comfort and security necessary to make a well-informed decision about your future and your child’s future. It can also provide you with a solid foundation to begin your journey toward a healthier, fulfilling life for you and your child.


All About More Choices’ Infertility Journal

All About More Choices’ Infertility Journal

By Naomi Ruiz

Infertility is a common thing for women to go through, whether they are mothers or non-mothers. Whether you may want to expand your family, have a child, or have no children, infertility can play a huge role in that.

For women who are infertile, they are unable to get pregnant after about a year of unprotected sex. If you are trying to figure out how to mentally cope with infertility, Marketing Choices has an all-new Infertility Journal for women.

Adoption Choices of Missouri highly recommends this journal to all women who are on journeys with infertility. We advocate for the importance of self-care and healing our mental health, hence why we recommend this journal.

The Infertility Journal and the Benefits of Journaling

If you are yearning to be a mother, it can be difficult to get through the lows of not being able to conceive. That is why Marketing Choices has an Infertility Journal to help guide you through your journey of healing.

This journal contains guided prompts of love and healing designed for those who struggle with infertility, and it goes through each stage of infertility. Whether that be newly discovering your journey, going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, surrogacy, adoption, or acceptance of being child-free.

It includes self-inputted appointment, cycle, and IVF tracking pages, emotional check-in pages, and inspirational quotes and phrases. It also has informational pages regarding topics such as fertility treatment, acupuncture, and inducing lactation.

Writing in the Infertility Journal can help you find yourself, with or without children of your own, as well as sort through possible relationship fears. You can also consider all your options for parenthood, build your self-worth, and feel empowered through your support system.

Journaling can be therapeutic for anyone going through hardships and needing an outlet to write down their feelings without judgment. It can help you acknowledge, understand, and organize your thoughts and feelings that you may be suppressing.

Maybe you have been through trauma that makes it hard for you to understand your feelings about not being able to conceive. You can also use journaling to heal from traumas.

As therapeutic journaling can be a great way to self-care, you don’t have to just write about your infertility journey. You can journal about anything you want, from anything negative to positive, and you can take your time to write.

Healing from traumas has no time limit, as it involves a lot of self-care and self-love. Regardless of what you journal about, what you write on paper can go a long way.

The Benefits of Journaling

Multiple studies have shown the immense physical and emotional benefits of journaling. Not only is it therapeutic for your emotional well-being but for your physical well-being too. It can reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve your memory function. 

Many people that go through IVF do not tell anyone they are going through it. Even fewer people talk about their feelings to their support system as well as their partners. Journaling your feelings is a great way to release your emotions in a safe way and to give yourself time to relax.

Infertility creates an array of emotions, such as fear, sadness, hope, anxiety, frustration, guilt, shame, and disappointment. Free writing can help you work through those emotions, help you work through what is triggering them, and how to cope with them. It can also help you view your emotions more rationally, recognize your thought patterns, and reframe them into helpful thoughts.

Studies have also shown that journaling can reduce overall levels of depression and anxiety. Both can bring up a lot of negative thoughts and feelings. Maybe you are not comfortable telling anyone exactly how you feel.

It could be out of worry that you might upset them. Maybe they might not understand what you are feeling, or maybe they offer advice that is more hurtful than helpful. Or you can verbally express your feelings to get them out of the way.

Try recording your progress so you can keep track of it over time. You can use your journal to see where you may need improvement from the beginning of journaling, regardless of how you go about journaling, as long as you see what works for you during your journey of healing.

At Marketing Choices of Missouri, we want you to do well with your mental health no matter what you might be going through. If you are struggling with infertility, this guided journal by Marketing Choices is a useful tool to help process your emotions. Available now on Amazon!