Naturally if you are a young girl who has recently found out you are pregnant, you will certainly feel a sense of loneliness and you may be afraid. Up until now you may never have had to deal with a critical issue at all, let alone a situation that will change the rest of your life. It is little wonder that you are feeling frightened and alone, but it is important to understand that you do not have to do this alone.
Remember, you are not alone; there are many resources available to help you during this difficult time. You do have some choices:
This option is a life-long commitment. When you feel like your whole life may be ruined by this pregnancy, it is even harder to look at parenting as a positive choice. But your life isn't over! Parenting a child while you are young is extremely difficult for many reasons. It is important for you to explore all your options, including the benefits and the realistic challenges to choosing parenting. Click to read other teens stories.
This choice should not be made quickly or under pressure. It's your body and your choice. There are physical and emotional risks to abortion. Before making any type of decision concerning abortion, ensure that you have all the facts.
Wondering if you can get an abortion without telling your parents? Click to find out.
By making a plan for open adoption, you will have some input into who adopts your baby and possibly you may be able to maintain some form of contact so that you can know if your child is doing well. In open adoption children grow up knowing that they are loved by both their adopted parents and the parents who gave them life.
Another advantage to adoption is that it gives you the option of continuing your education, while at the sametime giving your baby a better life as well. Read Megan's story; she choose adoption. Here are some teens that are currently looking into adoption for their babies...
Are you wondering what adoptive families are like?
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Do you live in Northern California, and are considering placing your baby for adoption? We'd like to interview you! If interested, please call 1-800-923-6784.
Learn more about your pregnancy choices by clicking here.
If you are a teen in trouble, don't panic, get some advice and think about your options.
Call the National Adoption Answer Line for more
information about your options:
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