You Have Choices
An unplanned pregnancy can turn your world upside down.
It's hard to think clearly when everything seems to be going wrong. It's easy to make quick decisions which you might later regret.
Your Pregnancy Options
You had plans, and this pregnancy wasn't one of them. Find out how to evaluate your options and learn how you can still achieve your hopes and dreams. If you're not sure what to do, take one more day to think about it. A quick decision might lead to a lifetime of regret. Call us. We'll listen.
If you are pregnant, you have three options to think about – abortion, adoption and parenting. No decision is easy. The choice you make regarding the outcome of your pregnancy is a personal decision. Only you can decide what is right for you, your baby and your family. We’re available and here to help you think carefully through your situation, sorting out the benefits and risks of your options so you can make that choice wisely and fully informed. You are not alone….countless women have walked in your path and Birthline can provide information, resources and referrals to help you through.
I think I want an abortion.
You might feel like you can’t go through this pregnancy and having an abortion feels like your only option. Or you might be in a situation where the father, your friends or someone in your family is insisting on an abortion. Many women choose abortion out of fear – fear of not being able to raise a child, fear of losing their partner and fear of losing some control over their lives.
We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions. However, we will provide medically accurate information regarding the abortion process and information on potential health risks linked with abortion, according to facts from the Minnesota Department of Health. In our state, you can be up to 20 weeks pregnant to electively abort your child, so you likely have plenty of time to think about it. Women and men often struggle most with this decision, and appreciate the opportunity to talk over their concerns. If you choose abortion, we will provide a list of important questions to ask your abortion provider.
Should I consider adoption?
Adoption is always an option. If you are not able to care for a child at this time in your life, adoption may be the right choice for you – a loving decision made in the best interests of your child, you, the father and other family members. Adoption has changed over the years and as a birth parent, you have more control. Depending on the arrangement you select, you may choose to have regular contact with your child, receive regular updates, or elect to have no further contact. You can also take an active role in selecting a family and you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing your child has the best possible start to life.
What if I decide to parent?
You may feel that you can’t afford a baby right now or that you don’t have the skills necessary to become a parent – but you do think you have the desire and commitment to raise your child. Together, we will talk about your concerns and help you to overcome your obstacles. At Birthline, we have several programs that can help you prepare to be a positive parent, and we will help you with the financial planning and material support that you might need. Becoming a parent at any age can be difficult, but the rewards are immeasurable.
We care and are here to serve you. While you are deciding, you should begin prenatal care as soon as possible. It’s important for you to be healthy, and to provide the best start for your baby if you should choose to carry your child full term. Our center can provide a free prenatal exam and prenatal vitamins if you need that assistance.