Navigating all the highs and lows of teenage life can be overwhelming. Now, add in the additional tension of being a young parent: working out how to fund diapers, dealing with morning sickness - it may appear impossible! But teen pregnancy doesn't have to feel so discouraging - there is light at the end of this tunnel. Hope and positivity await you on your journey.
What should I do if I'm pregnant?
If you think that you may be pregnant, it is vital to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to reach out for help if you would like to schedule an appointment for a free pregnancy test and confidential results. Once your suspicions are confirmed, then you can start looking into all of your options and decide which one best fits with what would work for you.
It seems like abortion is the only option. What else is there?
Although abortion might appear to be the only way forward for some girls, there are other options that they can explore. An education and a successful future do not have to hinge on the termination of a pregnancy - there are alternatives that deserve consideration.
Parenting: You may feel overwhelmed by the thought of raising a baby, but it is achievable with the right support system. Although some people worry that having a child will end their academic journey, many women (and men!) choose to keep and raise their babies while still graduating from high school. At iChoose, we have trained staff and resources that can assist you with parenting. Reach out for more information.
Adoption: If you're not sure if parenthood is right for you, adoption may be the best option. While it isn't always an easy decision to make, adoption can provide your baby with a loving family and allow you to focus on what lies ahead, all while knowing that your child will receive the proper love and care it needs.
Abortion: If you are thinking about an abortion, we can provide resources to help inform your decision. Our team can answer the questions you may have about the abortion process and the potential health risks associated with it. We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision about what's best for you. We can also help you make sense of your emotions about abortion by providing a safe and secure space to express them.
We understand that making decisions can be difficult, so we are here to help you every step of the way. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and supported in your choices, regardless of whether or not you share them with us. If ever there is a need for someone to talk to about any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
How do I tell my parents I'm pregnant?
Being a teenage parent can be an overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to breaking the news to your family. It is normal for you to feel scared about their potential reaction; however, have faith that this will end on better terms if you are honest with them. Take time and sit down with them in a calm setting where both of you can communicate openly. Reveal everything - how the pregnancy was discovered, how you're feeling, and what you think you should do next - even if you don't have it all figured out just yet.
Although it may be difficult, try to remain patient with your parents as they learn of and process your pregnancy. They will likely need time to reach a place of acceptance. During this transition period, know that you are never alone; our team is here for you whenever you require extra support or simply an understanding ear!
It's a big decision to make, but remember: you can do this!
Remember that you are not alone in this difficult time. Here at iChoose Pregnancy Support Services, we can help guide you through your own unique situation with compassion and understanding. We believe that you possess the strength to make a decision for yourself – one based on what's best for your future - our team is always at the ready to provide you with support.