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Should I Put My Baby Up for Adoption? How to Get Good Advice

March 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 209

Who should you talk to about being pregnant?

If you are suddenly pregnant - and it wasn't planned, you may not know what to do. You may not be ready to be a mom. And you may be afraid to discuss your pregnancy with just anyone.

Where can you go to get the best advice?

There are plenty of people with strong opinions about what choice you should make. Some people will not be shy about telling what to do. And you know who in your life I'm talking about! Is it your sister Brittany? Your uncle Bob? Your friend Cassidy? Everybody has people in their lives who just love to tell everyone else how to live their lives -- usually while their own lives are a mess!

People who tell you what to do don't know what is best for you. No one but you knows what is right for you. Don't let anyone tell you what you should do.

Get the right information. Make the decision yourself. Trust yourself. Know that what feels right to you usually is right - despite what anyone else says.

To make a good decision, you need accurate, unbiased information from a professional who understands how your different options may affect you and your baby now and in the future.

The best people to talk with about making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy are adoption professionals.

Adoption professionals are trained to help young women consider all of their options -- not just adoption. A trustworthy adoption professional will want to share all available information with you about all of your options -- and then let you decide.

A really good idea is to get your information from several sources rather than just one. Here's a good plan:

  • Search online for "adoption professionals".
  • Read through articles and blogs written by some adoption professionals.
  • Find a few who seem to make good sense and know what they are talking about.
  • Call them up and ask them some questions! (You can call anonymously!)
  • If you are a little afraid to make the calls, don't be. Adoption professionals are typically extremely caring people who are very easy to talk to. They know it's hard to make that call. They want to make it as easy as possible for you to talk and get your questions answered.
  • Write down important points that you discussed so you can think about them again later.
  • If anyone you speak with tries to get you to commit to doing anything - hang up! You aren't ready to make any commitments yet.
  • Call as many adoption professionals as you need to to get the answers you need.
  • Then, take a few days before you make any decisions.
  • Share the information you learned with people you trust.
  • Talk things over.
  • Sleep on it.
  • Consult your gut! What course of action, when you think about doing it, feels right in the pit of your stomach and in your heart? What feels right usually is right!
  • When you are ready, call back the one adoption professional you felt the most connection with -- the one you know you can trust to help you all the way through.
  • Share your situation with the adoption professional you trust. Working together, she can guide you in making a decision that you'll feel good about.

Remember, only you can know what is right for you. Because you are the only one who has to live with your decision, you must make the decision yourself. By gathering information from trustworthy sources - like adoption professionals, you'll be able to make a decision you and your baby can both live with.

I've been helping young women make plans about their unplanned pregnancy for over 21 years. My law practice is devoted exclusively to helping young women make a decision they feel good about - whatever their decision may be.

Because of a beautiful young woman just like you, I became a mother myself. I honor her and will be forever grateful to her.

Find out more about all of your options. http://PregnantandThinkingAboutAdoption.com is a resource designed especially for you.

If you want to talk, you can call me. I'll be happy to talk with you. My office number is 1-877-874-3715.

I send you love and best wishes as you face probably the most important and difficult decision of your life.

Linda Barnby, Adoption Attorney and Adoptive Mother - for over 21 years

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