Unplanned or Unwanted Pregnancy? We Can Help! You Have Options!
Unplanned or Unwanted Pregnancy? We Can Help! You Have Options!
We are here to help you explore all of your options. You can trust us to help you make the best decision for you and your baby. We will provide you with:
- A personal advocate who represents your interests.
- Freedom to consider all your pregnancy options.
- Decision making at your own pace.
- Adoptive families who are committed and prepared to honor you.
- Adoption planning where your needs come first.
We are a licensed child placing agency for the state of Texas. We believe you are not considering “giving up” your baby but making a loving plan for their future.
We can help by providing you with free personal support and counseling, factual information, and the resources you need to make that decision.
Your plan is YOUR choice.
Call or text us (281-955-1001) today to speak with one of our options counselors. You may also fill out the Expectant Mom Form or send an email. You don’t have to be set on choosing adoption to get more information. All information you submit is confidential.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
I Can Choose Marriage or Co-Parenting
I Can Choose Single Parenting
A chemical or surgical abortion will end your pregnancy. With all abortions there are many risks involved. There are physical and emotional issues after an abortion that you will need to discuss with someone you trust. For more information, please contact your doctor or visit your local pregnancy center.
WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW?
You have already made a good start on gathering information. We hope you will call, text, email, or fill out the contact form so we can speak with you confidentially about your options. Contacting us does not mean you have decided on adoption. It means that you are willing to talk with someone who can help you understand all of your choices and give you factual, relevant information to make the best choice for you and your baby. New Life is here to support you, no matter what you choose.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I DON’T WANT TO BE PREGNANT?
Maybe your first thought after your pregnancy test was something like “I’m pregnant and I don’t want to be”,
“I can’t have this baby”, “I do not want this baby” or “It’s not a good time to have a child.”
Whatever thoughts are racing through your mind, know that you have options if you’re pregnant and don’t want a baby.
Only you can make the right choice and you can start with these steps:
- Know your choices. It’s difficult to discover that you’re pregnant and don’t want to be. You may feel shock, denial or even disbelief. This is normal.
- Learn and research all of your options. These include parenting, abortion and adoption. You need to consider if you are ready to be a parent. If it is not the right time to be a parent, you have other options. Abortion is not the only option! There are many families out there who would love your child. You can choose a family to provide a safe, loving home for your child.
- Contact a professional. If you are considering adoption or abortion your next step is to contact a professional. If you’re pregnant and want to give up/put up your baby for adoption (we like to say make an adoption plan), the professionals at New Life can help!
Call or text us at 281-955-1001.
Adoption has changed over the last few decades. It is never an easy choice, but society is now recognizing the brave and selfless choice a birth mother makes when placing her child for adoption. Adoption stories are becoming stories of hope, blessing, and joy for the birth families as well as the adoptive families. At New Life, we encourage pregnant women to explore all of their options, and offer the individualized counseling you need to make the best decision for you and your baby. No one will pressure you to consider adoption.
If you choose adoption through New Life, you can:
- Work with an options counselor to make a personalized adoption plan.
- Choose your baby’s adoptive family and meet them.
- Make a hospital plan that is right for you.
- Choose a name for your child that the adoptive family keeps as a first or middle name.
- Choose the level of contact you will have with your adoptive family.
- Receive help with medical care.
- Receive legal services during your pregnancy.
- Receive lifetime counseling, helping you as you move through the adoption process, after birth and beyond.
SERVICES OFFERED FOR YOU
Services included in your adoption plan:
- Personalized Attention and Understanding
- Pre/Post Adoption Counseling
- Choosing a Family for Your Child
- Making a Hospital Plan
- Ongoing Practical Support
- Housing Referrals
- Transportation Assistance
- Medical Service Referrals
- Legal Resources
In counseling, we will explore
- Parenting vs. Adoption
- Agency Adoption vs. Private Adoption
- Grief and Loss
- Legal Issues
- Support Group for Birth Families
- Post Adoption Services & Support
Call or text us! (281) 955-1001 to speak to an options counselor.
The Benefits of AN Agency Adoption
AGENCY – New Life serves pregnant women in a variety of ways. Housing, medical care, relationships, and your emotional health are important to us.
PRIVATE – In adoption, financial assistance to pregnant women is regulated by law. You should be cautious if you are offered money to place your baby with someone.
AGENCY – Your New Life Adoption Specialist will spend time with you exploring your wishes regarding your adoption plan. She will be supportive of your needs during all stages of your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.
PRIVATE – You will be responsible for ensuring that your thoughts and opinions are heard and given full consideration.
Choosing a Family:
AGENCY – You can choose from New Life adoptive families that have been through an extensive screening (including background checks) and approval process. These families have had training about adoption and are aware of your viewpoint and your needs as a birth parent. After placement New Life completes a thorough assessment of the family, including visits with the family in their home.
PRIVATE – You might be told of an adoptive family by a friend or family member who may not know detailed information about that family. This adoptive family may not have knowledge of adoption issues or the needs of a birth parent.
AGENCY – You have control over how much contact information you want your New Life adoptive family to have. The adoptive family will share who you are with your child in a respectful and loving way.
PRIVATE – Full disclosure of your contact information could be shared. You may not know the attitude with which the adoptive family presents you to the child.
AGENCY – You can have continued contact with your child. You can work with your New Life Adoption Specialist to decide what type of relationship you would like to have. New Life will help to promote an ongoing relationship between you and the adoptive family for life.
PRIVATE – There is no advocate for you if the adoptive family does not carry through with what they might tell you relating to continued contact.
AGENCY – If you and the birth father disagree about adoption or you no longer have a relationship with him, you may not have to talk with him if you do not want to.
PRIVATE – If you and the birth father disagree about adoption or you no longer have a relationship with him, you must find someone who will work with him to determine if his rights can be terminated.
AGENCY – You will not need to have an attorney, nor will you need to go to court. New Life will handle all legal details for you. There is NO cost to you.
PRIVATE – You will need to ensure that a competent attorney handles all legal issues pertaining to the adoption, and that you can trust that person.
BABY DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE
The growth and development of a baby is an incredible experience. From the beginning, we can see God’s beautiful creation of a human.
Fertilization: the joining of the egg and the sperm to form a unique human being. The baby already contains a full set of DNA from the mother and father, which determines sex, eye color, hair color and other traits.
The embryo is about the size of a poppy seed. When the embryo reaches the uterus, it will burrow into the uterine wall for nourishment. The placenta, which will nourish the baby throughout the pregnancy, also begins to form. Hormones produced by the embryo have stopped the mother’s menstrual cycle. Over the next six weeks, all of your baby’s organs will begin to develop, and some will start to function.
Weeks 5 – 6
The baby’s tiny heart begins to beat – at twice the rate of yours. His brain, spinal cord, and other organs also begin to form. His entire form is only about the size of a sesame seed. His heart is pumping blood. Basic facial features (like eyes and nostrils) are beginning to form. His body begins to take on a c-shaped curvature. Small buds will soon become arms and legs. By the end of this week, he may be 1/6 to 1/4 inch long.
The baby’s brain and face are rapidly developing. The arm buds that developed last week now take on the shape of paddles. She has developed her own blood type, unique from her mother’s.
The baby’s arms and legs are growing longer, and he now has little fingers as well as a nose and upper lip. He may begin to move this week, but the mother won’t be able to feel it yet. The trunk of the baby’s body is beginning to straighten and he is about 5/8 of an inch long.
Weeks 9 – 11
The baby’s eyes have developed, though eyelids are fused shut for now. Vital organs – such as kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver – are starting to function. Tiny fingernails and toenails are forming. Bones are beginning to harden, and genitalia are developing externally. She can hiccup, though it’s too soon to feel it.
The baby’s heartbeat can be heard at a prenatal checkup (it may have already been heard at an early ultrasound). He is just over 2 inches long and weighs about half an ounce.
The baby can make sucking motions with her mouth now and her nervous system allows her to feel pain. Muscle tissue and bone continue to form, creating a more complete skeleton. She can make active movements including kicking and even somersaults. More developed facial muscles may lead to various facial expressions such as squinting or frowning. She can see light that filters in from outside the womb, even though eyelids are still shut.
If the mother hasn’t felt her baby move yet, she probably will in the next few weeks. It will take a couple of weeks longer for other people to feel the baby’s movements from the outside. Fat begins to develop under the baby’s skin. The fat will provide energy and help keep her warm after birth. Her ears begin to stand out on the sides of her head. As the nerve endings from her brain “hook up” to the ears, she may hear the mother’s heart beating, her stomach rumbling or blood moving through the umbilical cord. She may even be startled by loud noises.
Fingernails and toenails appear and the baby’s sex organs are visible on ultrasound. By now the baby may be about 6 1/3 inches long and weigh more than 11 ounces.
Weeks 21- 24
The baby’s sense of movement has developed, and the sense of hearing continues to improve. He may sometimes be seen squirming under the surface of your belly. His brain is growing very quickly. He is becoming more active, can swallow and is regularly sleeping and waking. The tongue will soon develop taste buds. Fingerprints and footprints are forming. Hair is beginning to grow on his head. With medical care, some babies born these weeks may be able to survive. He is almost 12 inches long and weighs just over a pound.
The baby’s hands are fully developed. She can open and close her eyes. Her lungs, liver and immune system are continuing to mature. She has been doing “practice breathing” by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, and if born now her lungs could function (with medical help).
Weeks 28 – 30
The baby can make sucking motions with her mouth now and her nervous system allows her to feel pain. Muscle tissue and bone continue to form, creating a more complete skeleton. She can make active movements including kicking and even somersaults. More developed facial muscles may lead to various facial expressions such as squinting or frowning. He can see light that filters in from outside the womb, even though eyelids are still shut.
The baby’s body begins absorbing vital minerals, such as iron and calcium and has grown little fingernails and toenails. She’s almost 17 inches long and weighs 3¾ pounds. Thirty-three weeks into pregnancy, her pupils can constrict, dilate and detect light entering her eyes.
The baby is now considered full-term. His lungs should work fine if he’s born now, but ideally he will stay in the womb a bit longer.
Week 40 – Birth
The baby is due and ready for life outside the womb. The average weight of a newborn is about 7 1/2 pounds, and the average length is about 20 inches.
BIRTH PARENT STORIES
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. MANY WOMEN HAVE WALKED THE PATH OF AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY. HERE ARE SOME REAL LIFE STORIES.