Deciding what to do when facing an unplanned pregnancy can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re unsure about your options. You may be considering abortion but worried about experiencing depression following the abortion procedure. This can happen to women who feel regretful and lack closure about abortion.
Luckily, there are other options to think about, including adoption. Creating an adoption plan tailored to you and your needs allows you to have peace of mind knowing that the child is safe, cared for, and in a loving environment. You can even form a relationship with the child and adoptive family.
Continue reading to learn more about the mental health consequences of abortion and the different adoption plans available to you.
How Could Abortion Affect You?
Abortion is a major medical decision that often brings both physical and emotional consequences, especially if you were unsure of the decision to have an abortion in the first place.
While some women feel relief after the procedure, others may feel emotions like grief, sadness, and even depression. These feelings may be short-lived or last for months or even years after the abortion occurs.
If you choose to have an abortion and feel this way about your decision, it is imperative that you seek mental health support from a therapist or grief counselor. You deserve to find healing and resources that can help you recover.
Is Adoption Right for Me?
Adoption can create conflicting emotions. It can be a time of grief and sadness, especially if the decision is difficult. But for many women, it can bring peace and comfort knowing that the child is living with a loving family and has opportunities for a happy, successful future.
Adoption has changed a lot in recent years. Women now have the opportunity to participate during every step of the process, including choosing the adoptive family and playing an active role in the child’s life. Best of all, there are plans that can fit every lifestyle.
Different types of adoption plans include:
- Open adoption: With this form of adoption, the woman chooses the adoptive family and can form a relationship with the child, which may take the form of regular visits, phone calls, or letters.
- Semi-closed adoption: While not as common, this is still an option. Women can form relationships, but all communication occurs via a third party, like an adoption attorney or agency.
- Closed adoption: This option is best for women who wish to remain anonymous. All adoption records are sealed, and the woman and the adoptive family have no communication.
As you can see, several plans are available that can fit a woman’s needs. Elevate Women’s Center would happily walk alongside you as you consider adoption and learn more about your options.
Best of all, the adoption process occurs at no cost to you, and you are eligible by Arkansas adoption law to receive financial assistance.