Knowing what to do in the face of an unplanned pregnancy can be an extremely difficult choice. 

If you’re pregnant and feel as though you’re not ready to become a parent, you have options.

North Care Women’s Clinic is here to help you better understand your options when it comes to abortion and adoption and assist you as you make this difficult decision.

Abortion — What Are My Options?  

Before deciding if abortion is right for you, it’s important to understand the various procedures available.

What Are Medical Abortions?

If you are in your first 10 weeks of pregnancy, you may be eligible for a medical abortion, also called the abortion pill. The abortion pill process involves taking two medications that work together to end the pregnancy and expel the terminated fetal tissue from the uterus.

What Are Surgical Abortions?

Surgical abortions, available throughout the pregnancy, require a more invasive procedure in which an abortion provider dilates the cervix to remove the fetal tissue through scraping or suctioning. Some surgical abortion procedures require that the fetus is broken apart in order to pass through the cervix.

Side Effects and Risks of Abortion

Women who choose abortion may face uncomfortable side effects and severe health risks.

What Are the Risks of Medical Abortions?

The abortion pill may come with side effects, including cramping, bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, weakness, headaches, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, and dizziness, as well as more severe health risks, including infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging.

What Are the Risks of Surgical Abortions?

Women who undergo a surgical abortion, such as a Dilation and Evacuation procedure, can expect to experience some cramping and bleeding. Severe health risks include hemorrhaging, injury to the uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, uterine atony, uterine rupture, and retained fetal tissue. 

Steps To Take Before Deciding if Abortion Is Right for You 

The first step in knowing whether abortion is right for you is to educate yourself regarding your unique pregnancy and the options and resources available in your community.

In order to best inform yourself and make a healthy choice for you, we recommend scheduling an appointment for pregnancy confirmation, STD testing, and options counseling — all offered at no cost to you through your local pregnancy clinic. 

North Care Women’s Clinic is passionate about helping women make an informed pregnancy choice. We provide free pregnancy services, options counseling, and material and educational resources to help you along the way.

Adoption — What Are My Options?

In the face of an unplanned pregnancy, adoption can be an empowering choice for those who are not ready to parent but do not feel comfortable with the option of terminating their pregnancy. 

As you consider this option, it’s important to understand the two main types of adoptions — open and closed. 

What Are Closed Adoptions?

Closed adoptions are adoptions in which the birth mother wishes to remain anonymous and chooses not to have a relationship with the child or adoptive parents moving forward.

While closed adoptions are relatively rare — roughly 5% of adoptions today — they are still an option. 

What Are Open Adoptions?

In contrast, open adoptions are adoptions in which the birth mother is able to choose the adoptive parents and may choose to have some form of contact with the child following birth. The relationship between the birth mother and her child and adoptive family could be in the form of letters, texts, photos, or even scheduled visits.

Open adoptions can be an empowering process, as you’re able to be very much in the driver’s seat and make impactful choices for your child’s life and future. 

Steps To Take Before Deciding if Adoption Is Right for You 

if so, you’re considering adoption, but aren’t sure where to start, North Care Women’s Clinic is here to help you explore your options and learn more about what adoption could mean for you.

First, we recommend scheduling an appointment at our clinic for free pregnancy confirmation services to learn more about your pregnancy.

After this, you’ll meet with a staff member to discuss your results and go over any questions regarding your pregnancy or adoption that you may have.

If you decide you’re ready to learn more about adoption, we will connect you with several options of our trusted adoption agency partners who will help you every step of the way! 

Schedule Your Free Appointment at North Care Women’s Clinic

Walking through an unplanned pregnancy can feel isolating and scary. Thankfully, you’re not alone!

North Care Women’s Clinic is here to help you learn more about your pregnancy through our free pregnancy services, explore your options in a safe and comforting environment, and ultimately, make a choice that you can feel confident and proud of!

Schedule your free appointment today!