Unplanned Pregnancy Help in North Dakota
Your ND Pregnancy Options
What are my options if I’m pregnant in North Dakota? What resources are available to help me know how to decide to keep a baby or not? Am I ready to be a parent? Who should I ask to help me decide what to do if I’m not ready to be a parent in North Dakota?
If you are currently facing an unexpected pregnancy in North Dakota, it’s natural to feel stressed. You have a lot going on, and you are going to be faced with some big decisions in the coming months. You may have questions like those listed above running through your mind, and that’s completely okay. Our first advice in this situation is to breathe. You are not the first to experience an unplanned pregnancy in North Dakota, nor will you be the last. It’s going to be okay. The best thing you can do right now is to learn as much as possible about your unplanned pregnancy options in North Dakota.
Before we launch into giving you information about those unplanned pregnancy options, we’d like to note that, while we are an adoption agency, the intent of this article is not to convince you to choose any specific option. Rather, we hope that this helps you to learn more about the three unplanned pregnancy options that are available to every North Dakota woman in order to make the best possible decision for yourself and your baby.
Option 1: Parenting
The first question you have to ask yourself when facing an unplanned pregnancy in North Dakota is, “Am I ready to be a parent?” If you feel that you are, then that’s it. You can stop reading this article right now, because no one should ever try to convince you otherwise if you feel that you are ready to parent your child. If, however, you aren’t quite positive, then you may want to consider some of the following aspects of becoming a mother:
In 2015, the Department of Agriculture estimated that raising a child until the age of 17 costs approximately $233,610, and this figure will only grow higher as time progresses. This also doesn’t account for things like a college education or children living at home beyond the age of 17, which is increasingly common.
Will you have help in raising a child? Of course, it’s entirely possible to be a successful single mother, but many women wish to have a support system. Many women also want the child’s father to be around to help raise the child, which is not always an option in an unexpected pregnancy in North Dakota.
Will this affect your ability to continue your educational or career goals?
Whether or not it’s a realistic option, do you want to be a mom? Do you want to become a mother at some point but feel you aren’t quite ready yet? Or do you not wish to parent ever? None of these scenarios is selfish or uncommon, and it’s completely okay to not wish to become a parent.
Option 2: Abortion
As you already know, abortion is a controversial subject. That said, it’s certainly still one of your unplanned pregnancy options in North Dakota, and we aren’t going to skim over it. Whatever your personal feelings about abortion are, we encourage you to learn everything possible about it if you’re considering it. Please keep in mind during your research that you should only use reliable resources, such as Planned Parenthood. In terms of abortion in North Dakota, you should know that:
In 2014, there was only one facility that provided abortions in North Dakota, which means you may need to travel across the state for abortion services.
Around 98 percent of North Dakota counties had no clinics that provided abortions in 2014.
A woman must receive counseling 24 hours before having an abortion.
Parents of a minor must consent before an abortion can be provided.
Option 3: Adoption
As an adoption agency, we’re pretty well-versed in the final unplanned pregnancy option in North Dakota, which is, of course, adoption. In the interests of time and fairness to the other two choices, however, we’ll keep it simple by listing some lesser known adoption facts that aren’t associated with the other two North Dakota unplanned pregnancy options:
Adopted children grow up with two sets of loving parents — their birth parents and adoptive parents — who place the child’s needs above their own.
Statistically, an adopted child is more likely to participate in extracurricular activities as well as receive higher education, because their homes are financially prepared for them.
Adoption allows women to remain in their children’s lives and to see that they are growing up happy, safe and loved without forcing them to parent before they’re ready.
We don’t expect that this article magically illuminated the right North Dakota unplanned pregnancy option for you, but we do hope it helped you to learn about your choices. To learn more or to speak with a licensed social worker for free, unbiased information, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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