At any age, experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be stressful. The reasons behind that stress, though, can vary depending on what stage of life you’re in when it happens. When a woman in her 30s considers adoption for her child, then, her thought process might be very different than someone in their teenage years.
If you are in your 30s and considering adoption for your baby, the first thing you should know is you aren’t alone. Some people have the misconception that women that choose adoption are in their teens or lower 20s, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Women of all ages choose adoption for their children and for many different reasons. Your choice doesn’t have to be defined by your age.
The second thing you should know about considering adoption for your baby is that you don’t have to feel guilty. Choosing adoption means that you are choosing a life for your child with parents who are both emotionally and financially prepared to give them the best life possible. It’s putting your child’s interests above your own. Whether you are 16 years old or 32, that’s a selfless decision at any age.
If you are struggling with your adoption decision, sometimes it can help to understand why other women who are in situations similar to yours chose adoption for their children. The following are just a few of the reasons a woman in her 30s might choose to place her baby for adoption.
Many women who choose adoption already have other children. If you have a few kids at home already, you know how much work it is to be a parent. The finances are one factor; in 2013, it took an average of $245,340 to raise a child until the age of 18. If you are already struggling to make ends meet without an addition to the family, that number can feel impossible.
Money isn’t the only reason some women choose not to add to their families, though. Completing activities like helping with homework, coordinating rides to school activities, and being a good role model for children is no easy feat. Some women feel that their workload is immense even without adding another child, and worry that the children they already have might suffer when their attention and resources are pulled in yet another direction.
By the time most women reach their 30s, the building blocks for their careers are already in place. They’ve done the internships, the fellowships, and the grunt work of entry-level jobs. The amount of growth, both in terms of skills and paychecks, that can occur in someone’s 30s is immense. There is no shame in wanting to focus on moving up the ladder rather than taking a break to have a child. Of course, it’s entirely possible to dominate in the workplace while raising a baby, but it’s undeniable that it will be more difficult.
The assumption might be that a woman in her 30s is in a serious, stable relationship with the father of her child, but that isn’t a fair or accurate assumption. Relationships can be complicated no matter how old you are. Many women end up choosing adoption because they know they can’t count on the father of their children to be reliable. While being a single mother is entirely possible and nothing to be ashamed of, many women choose not to do so when their child’s birth father has already given them reason to believe they’ll be alone in their parenthood journey.
There doesn’t have to be any other reason than this to choose adoption for your child. Not all women want to be mothers. That’s entirely okay. If you feel that you don’t want your baby or aren’t ready to raise him or her — not necessarily because you can’t afford them or because you have an unstable situation — there is no shame in that. Some people want children and some do not. It is completely acceptable to fall under the latter category.
If any of the above reasons might apply to you, there are, of course, two options for your pregnancy other than parenting: abortion or adoption. Only you can decide which option is right for you and your baby. Some benefits of choosing adoption, however, that some women don’t know about are:
Adopted children are more likely to pursue secondary education and extracurricular activities. This is a benefit of being raised in a home that was both financially and emotionally prepared for a new child.
Adopted kids get not one but two sets of parents who loved them enough to put their best interests first.
For more information about adoption and what that could look like for your family, feel free to call American Adoptions anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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