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If you’re pregnant then there are three main options to consider. You can make an appointment at the 132 Healthwise clinic in London to discuss all of these options in detail with an experienced doctor.
Many pregnancies are unplanned, but that doesn’t always mean that they’re unwelcome. You may decide that now is a good time to have a baby or that adding to your family will be a positive experience. If you’re not sure what to do about your pregnancy then it’s important to think realistically about what would happen if you became a parent now. You might want to consider the following points.
However, it’s important to realise that having a baby will be a life-changing and challenging experience, even with all this support. Don’t assume that you can’t do it before considering the option seriously, but don’t underestimate the impact of parenthood either.
If you aren’t able to keep the baby yourself, but you would prefer not to have an abortion, then adoption might be the right option for you. Adoption procedures in the UK depend on where you are living. Each region and local authority has its own procedures. You will need to contact your local authority or an adoption agency to find out exactly what you need to do, but the main options are:
As well as learning more about the practicalities of adoption, it’s important to consider the emotional effect that it could have on you. How would you feel if you gave your baby up for adoption? How will you feel in the future if they decide to contact you or if they don’t want to?
Continuing with an unplanned pregnancy isn’t the right choice for everyone. You might not be able to raise the child yourself. Adoption might not feel like the right option for you. After considering all of the options you may decide that it is better to end your pregnancy. Women choose pregnancy termination for all kinds of reasons, including to protect their own health and mental wellbeing, or because they are unable to support the child.
Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is an important and very personal process. It’s essential to learn about all of your options so that you can make the right choice for you. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so no one can tell you what to do. However, talking with Mr Michael Stafford at the 132 Healthwise clinic should help you to make your decision.