Unplanned pregnancies are never easy, but they are unfortunately common in the United States. In fact, an estimated 45%, or 2.8 million, pregnancies each year are unintended.
Despite the frequency with which unplanned pregnancies occur, handling the aftermath can be a challenge. While some women know exactly what they want to do from the moment the second line appears on the stick, others need a little help considering their options. When you need a safe, confidential resource to help you make a healthy decision, Avail NYC is always here for you.
Unplanned Pregnancy Options
When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three choices to consider: motherhood, adoption, or abortion.
Motherhood is a rewarding experience for millions of women across the country, and the most common choice following an unintended pregnancy. Parenting a child isn’t easy, even when you’re ready to start a family, but Avail NYC can offer the assistance you need, connecting you with access to local resources that can help with both emotional and financial support.
For women who do not want to terminate but are not fully prepared to embrace parenthood, adoption can be the best of both worlds. In this scenario, an adoption agency will coordinate and adoption plan to help place your child with a qualified family. There are two main kinds of adoptions: closed adoptions and open adoptions. In a closed adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents do not share identifying information or have contact with each other. In an open adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents share information freely, communicate with each other, and may schedule periodic visits between the adoptive family and birth mother. Approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year.
Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy, induced by medicine or a surgical procedure. In New York state, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some women choose abortion if they feel they are unsupported by family and friends, or fear it is an inopportune time to carry a child. Understandably, abortion is a big decision and may cause mixed feelings for many women. If you are experiencing unresolved emotions following a past abortion, an Avail client advocate or support group can help you process and plan for the future.
Compassionate, Customized Assistance
Making the right choice for your future and your body is a deeply personal process. Choosing to have a child, start an adoption plan, or terminate a pregnancy each come with pros and cons, and only you can ultimately decide the best path forward. If you’d like help in the decision-making process or simply want to talk to someone during this difficult time, Avail NYC can provide support and guidance. Our highly trained client advocates can discuss all of your options with you in a comfortable environment, providing advice, education, and connections to other area resources if necessary. When you schedule an appointment, you will be met with nothing but kindness and compassion as our team works with you to ensure you arrive at the best possible conclusion.
Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy can leave you confused, frustrated, anxious, or scared, but Avail NYC is here for you. Please contact us today to learn more about what our team can do, from lab-quality pregnancy tests to classes and workshops to help you succeed as a parent.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.