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I Don’t Want to Be Pregnant. Is Abortion My Only Option?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and unsure of your options, we can offer you the support necessary to make an informed and educated decision. There are several alternatives to abortion, including adoption and parenting. Understanding these options will allow you to make the decision that is best for you. 

Abortion

Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: medical and surgical. A medical abortion involves taking two medicines, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from implanting in the uterus. Misoprostol causes contractions in the uterus and expels both the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.

A surgical abortion is a more involved procedure. During a dilation and evacuation (D & E) surgical abortion, the embryo is removed using a gentle suction technique called vacuum aspiration. A dilation and curettage (D & C) is another surgical abortion method. During a D & C, a woman’s cervix is dilated using medication or small instruments, and a surgical instrument called a curette is used to remove the tissue in the uterus.

Adoption

Adoption is also an option when you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The child will be placed in a family, and you can choose the level of contact you have with him or her. There are two types of adoption: open and closed. Adoption can be a beautiful option for some women, while for others it can be a bittersweet process.

In an open adoption, the woman participates in the process of placing the child in a family, and she can choose to form a relationship with the child. There is typically some level of contact between the woman and adoptive family. The extent of contact depends on the woman’s preferences.

In a closed adoption, all records are sealed. No communication takes place between the woman and child. Your information is kept completely private and confidential.

Parenting

Parenting is another possibility for a pregnant woman. For some women, the parenting option can be a rewarding experience. For others, it may feel overwhelming. 

A major concern for some women is how they will be able to continue their educational and professional goals while parenting. Fortunately, there are many resources designed to help parents achieve their goals and develop strong relationships with their children. At Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise, we offer pregnancy and delivery classes, parenting classes, as well as maternity and infant supplies to help support parents on their journey. 

Who Can I Speak to About My Options?

It is crucial to remember when making these decisions that you are not alone! This can feel scary, but we are here to support you and give you the information and education needed to make an informed choice. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment and discuss your options.

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