Facing an unexpected pregnancy in Oklahoma means facing a lot of complicated emotions. But you don’t have to process those emotions on your own or without the information and resources you need. The following guide will help you learn more about your three unplanned pregnancy options in Oklahoma:
You deserve support regardless of the option you feel is right for you. Although American Adoptions work with women in Oklahoma who choose the third unplanned pregnancy option, adoption is not going to be the right path for everyone.
If you’re unsure and you’d like to receive free adoption information, you can call us at 1-800-ADOPTION with no obligation to choose adoption. You can also get information about all three of your unplanned pregnancy options in OK, not just adoption. The following information can help you learn more about each option if you’re undecided:
“Am I ready to be a parent?” is one of the first questions that many women ask themselves when they learn about an unexpected pregnancy in Oklahoma. But there is more than one way to be “ready” for a child, and all of them are important.
Ask yourself if you’re mentally and emotionally ready to parent this baby. If you’re not sure, it can be helpful to discuss this with a counselor near you in OK. Talking with a professional about your thoughts and feelings can often help you sort out if you think you’re ready, or how to best prepare yourself.
You may also need to ask yourself if you’re financially ready for this baby. The average cost of a pregnancy and delivery in the United States is $8,800. The average cost of then raising that child (for a middle-income married couple) is $245,000. If you feel mentally and emotionally ready to be a parent, but not financially prepared, then you might be eligible for assistance through Oklahoma-funded benefit programs that can help you raise your child.
If you don’t have insurances, these tips can also help you minimize the costs of pregnancy and childbirth if you decide that you want to parent.
Call 1-800-ADOPTION now to receive more information on pregnancy and parenting resources in Oklahoma, or if you’re still deciding between parenting vs adoption in OK.
The first thing you’ll need to do if you’re thinking about an abortion in Oklahoma is to see your doctor. He or she will need to determine how far your pregnancy has progressed and if there are any medical risks that would hinder your ability to choose to undergo an abortion. The stage of your pregnancy determines which options for abortion are possible in your situation.
Abortion is typically only useful as an unplanned pregnancy option before 20 weeks of pregnancy, as Oklahoma won’t perform abortions after that point. So, if you’re later in your pregnancy, abortion may not be an option for you. In the U.S. 88 percent of all abortions occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy via pill form.
As of January 1, 2018, the following abortion laws in Oklahoma were in effect and could affect your abortion in OK:
An abortion may only be performed after 20 weeks if your life is in danger due to the pregnancy.
If you’re under 18, your parent(s) must be notified and give their consent before an abortion may be provided.
Abortions are only covered by insurance if your life is in danger due to the pregnancy.
You must receive state-directed counseling at least 72 hours before your abortion procedure.
We’re here 24/7 to discuss all of your unplanned pregnancy options in Oklahoma, including abortion. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION now to learn more and ask questions.
Many of the women considering adoption in Oklahoma start out not knowing much about adoption. They often have a lot of questions. That’s ok — it’s good to have questions! We’re here to set the facts straight about adoption in OK.
Here are a few of the most common questions we hear from women who are just starting to consider adoption in Oklahoma:
“Does it cost money to place a child for adoption in Oklahoma?”
No. It’s 100 percent free to place a child for adoption in OK.
You might also be eligible for birth parent living expenses and adoption financial assistance to offset the costs of pregnancy.
“Do I ever get to see my child again if I place him/her for adoption?”
That’s your choice! Nine out of ten birth parents choose to have an open adoption with their child and their child’s parents, which means that you can continue to share as much or as little communication as you feel comfortable with.
Adoptions today are very rarely closed, and birth parents are the ones in the adoption who determine how much post-adoption communication they’d like to have.
“How do I find someone who wants to adopt a baby?”
You’ll choose the adoptive parents. We can help you find a family who matches exactly what you’re picturing for your baby, and you’ll get to know the family before, during and after the adoption.
“What if I don’t have any support from the people in my life?”
You’ll receive support services like free medical care, legal representative and emotional counseling during the adoption process, but you’ll also have your American Adoptions specialist for support whenever you need them. Their job is to guide you throughout the stages of the Oklahoma adoption process, educating you about all of your options and offering you the emotional support you need to do what’s best for yourself and your baby.
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