Unplanned Pregnancy Help in Massachusetts
Because an unexpected pregnancy is one of the most emotionally complex situations that a woman can experience, you should never feel like you have to go through it alone. The guide below will give you more information about your three unplanned pregnancy options in Massachusetts, which are:
American Adoptions specializes in working with women in Massachusetts who are choosing adoption in Massachusetts. But you deserve support no matter which path you feel is right for you. While we believe adoption to be the option that benefits the greatest number of people, we know that’s it’s not always going to be the right unplanned pregnancy option for every woman.
Remember that you can always call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free adoption information. You can call to request information about all of your unplanned pregnancy options, not just adoption in Massachusetts.
The following guide will give you some more information about your three unplanned pregnancy options in Massachusetts:
Parenting in Massachusetts
You may have asked yourself, “Am I ready to be a parent?” This is a common question for women who’ve just learned of their unexpected pregnancy. There are different types of readiness that you may need to consider if you’re thinking about raising this child.
Your emotional and mental readiness to parent a child are important. If you’re not sure if you are mentally or emotionally prepared to care for this child, talking with a counselor near you in MA may be helpful in sorting out your thoughts and feelings.
Your financial readiness is also important. The average cost of pregnancy and delivery in the United States is $8,800, and the average cost to raise that child (as a middle-income married couple) is $245,000. If you feel mentally and emotionally prepared to be a parent to this child, but not financially equipped, there are state-funded benefit programs in Massachusetts that may help you care for your child.
If you’re uninsured, these tips may help minimize the high costs of pregnancy and childbirth.
For information on pregnancy and parenting resources in Massachusetts, or if you’re still deciding between parenting vs adoption in MA, call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
Abortion in Massachusetts
The first step for any woman considering an abortion in Massachusetts is to make an appointment with her doctor. Your doctor will need to determine how far your pregnancy has progressed, and if there are any medical risks in your situation that would affect you if you choose to have an abortion. The stage of your pregnancy will affect which options for abortion are available to you.
Only women who are in the earlier stages of their pregnancy can choose abortion in Massachusetts as an unplanned pregnancy option, as most states will not perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Eighty-eight percent of abortions in the U.S. occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy through pill form.
As of April 1, 2017, the following abortion laws in Massachusetts went into effect, which could impact your abortion in MA:
If you’re a minor, your parents must first be notified and give their consent before an abortion may be provided.
Abortions 24 weeks after implantation may only be performed if the woman’s life is in danger.
Counselors are standing by 24/7 to discuss all of your unplanned pregnancy options in Massachusetts, including abortion, when you call 1-800-ADOPTION.
Adoption in Massachusetts
The many myths that surround adoption have created many fears for women considering adoption in Massachusetts. The following are some of the most common fears about adoption in MA and the truth behind those fears:
“It costs too much money to place a child for adoption in Massachusetts.”
It’s completely free to place a child for adoption in MA. You may also be eligible to receive birth parent living expenses and adoption financial assistance.
“I’ll never be able to see my child again if I place him/her for adoption.”
“I could never give my baby away to people I don’t know.”
You choose the adoptive parents, and you choose how much or how little post-adoption communication you prefer. You’ll get to know the adoptive parents before, during and after the adoption.
“I don’t have any support from the people in my life. I don’t feel like I can go through an adoption on my own.”
Your American Adoptions specialist will be right here at every stage of the process, ready to offer you support and education about your options. You’ll also have access to free health care, legal representation and counseling services.
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