Options for an Unexpected Pregnancy

If you are looking at options for an unexpected pregnancy, chances are good you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information flooding at you thanks to one small Google search. How do you know what to believe? Who to believe? Before you give in to tears, contact us at Willowbrook Women’s Center.

We are here to help you, to give you the honest, unbiased information you are looking for, to answer your questions, and to support you every step of the way.

Three Options

When considering your options for an unexpected pregnancy, you have three—abortion, parenting, and adoption. While all options can sound scary when you’re in a spot you don’t want to be in, once you have a chance to take a closer look at them—and give them serious thought and consideration—you’ll come away with a pretty strong gut feeling on which path is right for you. We can help you take a closer look, give you any information you are missing, and guide you through the decision-making process.

When considering abortion, you have a time frame ahead of you. Abortion in Missouri is only permitted up to the gestational age of twenty-one weeks, six days. Also, as of May, 2018, women are required to receive counseling, meeting the state’s informed consent laws, then waiting 72 hours before having the procedure done. The counseling must be done in person, before the waiting period begins, and administered by the same doctor who will perform the abortion.

Missouri’s informed consent law further requires women, during the counseling session, to view an active ultrasound and sign a form pledging that they’ve read the Missouri Informed Consent Booklet.

The parenting and adoption options allow you more time to decide because they both let the pregnancy to go full term. We can also provide detailed information on these options and give you a list of community resources that can help you.

Your First Steps

Even though you’ve probably taken a home pregnancy test, your first step is to come see us at Willowbrook Women’s Center for a no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results. Once a positive test has been confirmed, you’ll be offered an ultrasound.

An ultrasound is done to confirm the pregnancy is viable, that it is progressing. It also will tell you how far along in the pregnancy you are, an important piece of information if you are considering an abortion.

When it comes to abortion, 80% of all miscarriages happen during the first trimester. The pregnancy may self-terminate. If the pregnancy isn’t viable, you may not have to worry about making a decision. If an ultrasound reveals an ectopic pregnancy, then immediate medical care will be required to remove it.

When considering abortion, then testing for STDs should be done. If a positive result comes back, treatment is needed (antibiotics) and you will be given a referral. Left untreated before an abortion is done, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can develop afterward. It can cause chronic pain and affect long-term reproductive health and fertility.

Come See Us

Make an appointment to come in and see us. Our caring, supportive advocates and medical staff are here to listen to you, to answer your questions, and to help you make a confident decision about your future and which path you will take.

Making an Educated Pregnancy Decision

Some decisions sure are easier than others. On the other hand, making an educated pregnancy decision when you have an unplanned pregnancy is a lot harder, certainly more emotional, and will be a pivotal moment in your life, no matter which path you choose.

So, how do you do it? How do you choose which path is right? First, understand that the decision is yours to make and no one else’s. Sure, you can ask for input, but at the end of the day, you are the one who will live with the decision you make, and you must be the one to choose what you feel is best for YOU!

Know Your Options

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options for your future—abortion, adoption, and parenting. Abortion means terminating the pregnancy, whether through chemical means (the abortion pill, if early enough) or surgery up to twenty-one weeks, six days pregnant in Missouri. Adoption means going all the way through pregnancy and choosing a couple to parent. Parenting is going through pregnancy and you choosing to become a parent.

Evaluate the Options

When evaluating those three choices, take a few minutes, find a comfortable, quiet place, and begin looking at what each of those options entail. Then, take a piece of paper and write two columns for each of the three options, labeling one pros and the other cons. 

After that, list what you believe to be the pros and cons for each option. This will help you to find some clarity so the next step might be easier. Consider, then write down what you think your life would be like in the future with each option and write it down.

Come to Willowbrook Women’s Center

Once you have had time to consider your options, make an appointment and come visit us at Willowbrook Women’s Center. We are a non-profit organization located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Since 1998 we have been providing no-cost services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. We will go over all the information with you, make sure we answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision.

Confirm Your Pregnancy

Once you’re here, we will also offer you a no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results. Sometimes tests are wrong, or the way they were used was incorrect, and we don’t want you to make decisions that could be based on a false test reading. 

If your pregnancy is confirmed, we will offer you a limited ultrasound to confirm that the pregnancy is healthy and viable and that there is no ectopic pregnancy (a condition requiring immediate medical care).

The last step is to receive information on the options and abortion procedures available to you based on the ultrasound findings. The medical staff will also talk with you about the importance of STD testing and offer you free screening. Untreated STDs can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a chronic and painful experience that we would like to help you avoid.

Make an Appointment Today

Give us a call or go online to make an appointment today. If you don’t have the time or space at home to consider your options, that’s ok. You can do that here. We’re here to be your first step, to empower you so you can make a confident decision.