When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: parenthood, an abortion, or making an adoption plan. All three are serious decisions.
For some women, the loss through abortion causes severe depression. By choosing adoption, you can continue to build a relationship with your child even though you are no longer their parent.
Abortion vs. Adoption
Only you know what’s best for your future. By learning as much as you can about each of your choices, you can decide confidently.
Abortion terminates your pregnancy completely. Like a miscarriage, the loss of a pregnancy through abortion can be devastating for some women.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) examined many articles about the relationship between abortion and mental health problems. They concluded:
- “There are no findings of mental health benefits associated with abortion.”
- “In most analyses, the association between abortion and higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic symptoms, sleep disorders, and other negative outcomes is statistically significant.”
Many articles conclude that if you have struggled with depression or anxiety before an abortion, you may develop severe mental health issues afterward.
Depression after giving birth is genuine. Studies suggest up to 70% of all new mothers experience the “baby blues,” but 1 in 7 women have more serious postpartum depression.
Birth mothers deal with a higher level of depression, making pre-adoption counseling essential. MentalHelp.net writes, “Even when there is virtual certainty that adoption was the right thing to do, it remains a difficult and emotional process for many birthmothers.”
Because of the possibility for depression, adoption professionals recognize the importance of the expectant or birth mother having complete control over the adoption process. You choose the potential adoptive parents, the type of plan you are most comfortable with, and the relationship you hope to have with your child in the future.
Research shows that “pregnant women who make an adoption plan are more likely than single parents to finish school, have better jobs, and overall report a high level of satisfaction with their decision for adoption.”
At any time, up until the final court adoption date, you are free to change your mind.
How We Can Help
Your unplanned pregnancy is a difficult time in your life. There are so many things to consider. Let us help you.
At Miami Valley Women’s Center, we offer free options consultations. Plus, we can put you in touch with reputable adoption specialists to give you more information about the process.
You’re not alone. We’re here for you. Schedule an appointment, and let’s talk about your future.