Unplanned Second Pregnancy: What Are My Options?

An unplanned pregnancy can happen more than once. If you’re facing an unplanned second pregnancy and feeling overwhelmed at the thought of raising another child, it’s important to learn about all of your options. One option that you may not have thought about is adoption.  Cradle of Hope Adoption Center has helped many women who were already parenting other children place the baby they were pregnant with for adoption. If you feel like you are not ready or able to raise another child, adoption could be the best option for you.

Why Choose Adoption for an Unplanned Second Pregnancy?

As you consider whether you should choose adoption for your unplanned second pregnancy, here are some things to know:

Adoption allows you to keep a relationship with your child
An open adoption will allow you to stay in touch with your child and the adoptive parents. Open adoptions allow you to choose how much communication you want with the adoptive family and your child. It can involve phone calls, emails, FaceTime calls, texts, and even visits. You’ll get to watch your child grow up, plus your other child can have a relationship with their younger biological sibling.

Adoption allows you to choose the adoptive family
When you choose to make an adoption plan, you are in control of who adopts your child. Cradle of Hope has many pre-approved, loving adoptive parents who come from a variety of backgrounds and races. You can choose the family to adopt your baby.

Adoption gives you access to counseling and support
Your Cradle of Hope social worker can answer all your questions and provide you with information about adoption. They’ll also be available to you 24/7 to provide a listening ear and encouragement. Depending on the state you live in, you may be able get financial help for some things, such as counseling, maternity clothing, medical expenses, rent, groceries, transportation to medical appointments, and legal fees for an attorney to advise you.

Non-Judgmental Support
Cradle of Hope has more than 30 years of experience helping birth mothers place their second, third, and even fourth babies for adoption. We’re familiar with the many situations birth mothers find themselves in, such as an unplanned second pregnancy. We will never judge you. We understand life happens and will work hard to help you in any way we can. Placing a second child in adoption is a loving, courageous choice on your part. It allows you to provide your child with the best life you can, with a loving adoptive couple of your choice.

How Will Adoption Help Both You and Your Child?

When you choose adoptive parents for the baby you’re carrying, you’ll be able to meet with them as many times as you want. This can help you get to know them better and find out if they’re the right parents for your baby.  Birth mothers often say that meeting with the adoptive family is like getting a second family. Adoptive parents and birth parents have a shared goal: to love the child and provide them with the best life possible. When you choose adoption, you don’t lose a child; you gain a family. You’ll get to see your child grow up into adulthood. Many birth mothers have wonderful relationships with their adult children who were placed for adoption.  The fact that your other child or children can visit with their younger sibling can be helpful to them. They’ll see that their younger sibling is happy and well cared for, which will help them not worry.

Options for an Unplanned Second Pregnancy

Life happens, and an unplanned second pregnancy can catch you by surprise. If you’re experiencing this right now, don’t despair. You have options, and one of them is to place your child for adoption. Reach out to Cradle of Hope to learn more by calling our office at 301-587-4400 or texting to 301-905-9999. We are ready to help you in any way we can, answer your questions, and provide you support and encouragement.