Unplanned Pregnancy Help in Maine
Exploring all Your Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy in Maine
If you're experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption in Maine is a brave and selfless unplanned pregnancy option. But it's not the only option. As an expectant mother, you have options such as:
You can reach out to an adoption specialist to learn more about your unplanned pregnancy options, even if you're not sure you want to commit to adoption in Maine.
More than 2 million women experience an unplanned pregnancy in the United States every year — accounting for 45 percent of all pregnancies. In Maine, the percentage is even higher. Of the 9,000 pregnancies recorded in Maine in 2010, 48 percent were unintended.
If you are reading this because you’ve experienced an unplanned pregnancy in Maine and don’t know what to do, you’re not alone. Thousands of others have experienced something similar, and professional help is available. An unexpected pregnancy can cause extreme anxiety and a wide range of other emotions, which is a normal thing to experience.
Below, we’ll take a look at a few of the big questions you may have about your unwanted pregnancy, and what your Maine pregnancy options are.
Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options in Maine
You may be asking, “What are my options if I’m pregnant in Maine?”
The good news is that there are several options for unwanted pregnancy. For the thousands of women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Maine, there are essentially three choices: parenting, abortion and adoption.
From the last year public data was available in Maine, 57 percent of unplanned pregnancies resulted in births, while 28 percent ended with abortion. The remainders were miscarriages. As a woman experiencing an unexpected pregnancy in Maine, it is your right to explore all of your options.
There’s a chance you may look back on your unexpected pregnancy as a surprise rather than an accident. If it is possible for you to choose to parent your baby, that is great. The majority of women in the United States who experience unintended pregnancies choose to parent. However, this may not be possible for you due to a variety of reasons.
If you are in a situation where parenting seems impossible due to financial restrictions, Maine does offer several assistance programs that may make parenting a more realistic option.
The vast majority of women who choose not to parent decide to terminate their pregnancy. This is a difficult decision and the right of every woman if she chooses it. While abortion can seem like a way to quickly resolve your unwanted pregnancy in Maine, it does come with some costs. Financially, an abortion can cost between $300 - $950. This will vary depending on where you live and what type of abortion you choose.
Beyond the financial cost, the emotional toll of abortion can’t be overlooked. Even when ending an unwanted pregnancy, there is still a grieving process. If you choose abortion in Maine, the procedure must be performed by a licensed physician, and must be done before the baby reaches viability, which is typically between 23–25 weeks.
Adoption is a way to handle your unwanted pregnancy while still giving your baby a chance at a fulfilling life in a loving family. If you know that parenting isn’t a possibility, you can choose adoption in Maine. This isn’t an “easy” alternative to abortion — there is still grief and loss associated with adoption, and the process can be emotional. But as many birth mothers will tell you, adoption is the best decision they’ve made.
If you do choose adoption, you are in charge of the process. You get to set the adoption plan that will work best for you, and an adoption specialist from American Adoptions will be there to help you. Don’t worry — the help comes free. There is no cost to an expectant mother who chooses adoption.
In Maine, many of your expenses can be paid for you during the adoption process.
Thanks to a shift in understanding around adoption, open adoption is much more common than it used to be. This means that even after placement, you can still receive updates on how your child is doing. In some cases, there are even in-person visits with the adoptive family. This means that goodbye isn’t forever, and you can be confident that you made the right choice for you child.
How do I know if adoption is right for me?
Adoption comes from love, not selfishness. Women in Maine who choose adoption do so because they want to provide their child with the best life possible. It is a selfless decision, but only you can know if it is the right choice for you.
There are several questions to ask about adoption. Are you ready for the adoption process? Are you prepared to give birth? Do you want a lasting connection with your child through open adoption? Do you have a supportive community to walk with you through this?
As you are trying to decide between parenting vs adoption, you can call our 24/7 hotline at any time to speak with a helpful professional. They will walk you through all your options for unwanted pregnancy, not just adoption.
I’m pregnant, but not ready for another baby.
Many people assume that adoption is only for single mothers with no children, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. American Adoptions works with expectant mothers who are parenting other children all the time. If you already have children but aren’t ready for another baby, adoption is a choice you can make.
Unplanned Pregnancy Resources in Maine
Regardless of which decision you make about your unplanned pregnancy in Maine, there are resources available to you.
If you’d like additional information about your options or to speak with an adoption professional, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time.
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