Making a pregnancy decision when facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. Each choice involves some level of loss in the process. When choosing adoption, you can reduce the loss by staying in communication with your child after placement.
Though it’s challenging, adoption can significantly impact you and your child’s future. Choosing adoption can even prevent depression caused by abortion, though it comes with some side effects of its own. Keep reading to learn more.
Abortion Vs. Adoption
Only you know what is best for you and your future. Neither adoption nor abortion is an easy choice to make. Take the time to learn as much as possible about both options.
The option of abortion works to end an existing pregnancy and comes with significant health and emotional side effects.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) published an article examining different studies of the effect abortion has on mental health. It concluded:
- “There are no findings of mental health benefits associated with abortion.”
- “In most analyses, the association between abortion and higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic symptoms, sleep disorders, and other negative outcomes is statistically significant.”
According to numerous studies, if you already struggle with depression, which many women do, an abortion could worsen mental health issues.
Choosing adoption can be a painful experience emotionally, as no one is ready to place their child with an adoptive family. Though it may not be as traumatic as abortion, adoption is emotionally difficult for many birth mothers.
The Process of Adoption
As the birth mother, you completely control the adoption process. Depending on what kind of contact you want with your child and the adoptive family, you have adoption options. You can remain completely anonymous if that is better for your lifestyle or have open contact. There is no pressure to choose any type of adoption – but it’s entirely up to you.
Making a Decision
We know the emotions you may be feeling at this moment when thinking of adoption. Only you truly know your life’s situation and the best choice. It’s important to consider all your options as they will affect your future.
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