Breaking the News: Tips for Telling People You're Unexpectedly Pregnant

For women who want to get pregnant, pregnancy announcements are happy and exciting. But what about women who got pregnant unexpectedly and aren't sure what to do now?

If you find yourself in this situation, you probably worry about how to tell the people around you your big news. You worry about how they might react and how your pregnancy might affect your relationship with them.

Follow these tips to make telling your loved ones a positive experience.

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Adoption Myths That Birthmothers Should Be Aware Of

awarebirthmotherIf you're considering choosing adoption for your baby, there are a lot of unknown variables that can make the experience seem especially challenging. Many birth mothers might feel shame, fear, or guilt over the decision.

However, there are a lot of myths surrounding how you might feel, what experiences you might have, and what future your baby will have. Knowing these myths and arming yourself with facts and reason can help prepare you for the adoption process. 

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Myth: After adoption, you'll have no connection to your child's life.

As a birth mother, you have the power to make decisions about your child's future. It's up to you to decide what kind of connection you want to have with your child in the future. 

Some mothers choose closed adoptions with the desire to have no further contact. Some choose this option because they feel it will be too emotionally complex to stay involved. Other desire to allow their baby to fully integrate into the adoptive family.

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A Birth Mother's Decision: What to Consider When Choosing Adoptive Parents

If you're a pregnant mother considering adoption, you might feel overwhelmed with choosing a family for your baby. Some birth mothers can feel a lot of anxiety over this decision. How can you know the family will be a good fit? 

It's perfectly normal to worry that you might make the wrong choice. But as the mother of your baby, you know what type of future you want for your child, and you may have an idea of what types of families will make that future possible. Here is what you should consider when deciding on the right family for your baby. 

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A Brief History of Adoption

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When birth parents are unable to care for their child, adoption is considered the most loving and compassionate choice. Adoptive families volunteer to bring these children into their homes. Today, 135,000 children are adopted each year in the United States.

But adoption wasn't always as common as it is today. Over the years, new laws and practices have improved living situations for millions of children.

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Top Pregnancy Health Tips For You And Your Baby

If this pregnancy is your first, you probably feel a wide range of emotions. You might feel excited, nervous, and afraid all at the same time. You recognize that maintaining good health is extremely important—not just for you, but for your baby as well.

The following important health tips are a good place to start.

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