Saturday, May 28, 2005

Pregnancy Options

Many young women facing an unplanned pregnancy are not aware of the benefits of open adoption. Some think that abortion or parenting are the only realistic choices they have when facing a pregnancy they are not ready emotionally or financially to be happy about. But there is another option... open adoption.

With open adoption, women can choose what they want in all aspects of an adoption. They can even determine how they would like their hospital stay and delivery to proceed. But that is just the beginning.

With open adoption, women can choose the adoptive parents for their child. They can take the time to find the family they want, the right family for her baby.

With open adoption, women can choose how much contact they have with the adoptive family and their baby as the child grows up. Many choose to exchange photos and letters, others ask for annual visits!

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, I would encourage you to learn more about the choices you have with open adoption. Visit to read more and view families who are waiting to adopt

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Q & A from a pregnant teen

Dear Mardie,
I can't believe I found your information. I never considered adoption. I didn't know that people even did this anymore! I am 18 and about 2 months along. I don't have insurance. Would a family help pay for my medical bills? Thanks, Tia

Dear Tia,
To answer your question... Yes, a family may be open to help with your expenses. Please consider applying for medi-caid in your state. Most pregnant women qualify for this and it will help with your bills. I would encourage you to learn more about this before proceeding. And be sure if you do receive financial help from a family that you do so through an adoption professional. God Bless, Mardie

Friday, May 20, 2005

Top 5 Things to Consider with Any Pregnancy

Please keep these items in mind with your pregnancy, whether it is planned or a surprise:

1. Eat Healthy --- You aren't just eating for two, your body is quite literally growing another person. Remember the old saying "garbage in, garbage out"? Keep it in mind as you do your grocery shopping and food preparation. These are the building blocks for your baby.

2. See a Doctor --- Any pregnant woman will find benefit in visiting a doctor during her pregnancy. He/She can help you handle with unpleasant symptoms, test both you and the baby to prevent any problems, and discuss your delivery options with you. It will make your delivery much smoother and less scary.

3. Evaluate Your Finances --- Plan now what you will do after baby arrives. If you are low income, look into WIC in your area. Make a financial plan for diapers, formula, supplies, and more so you know what to expect after the baby is born. Especially if this is your first baby, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the cost.

4. Learn About Your Insurance or Sign Up for Medi-caid --- If you have private insurance, investigate your coverage including any co-pays. If you do not, sign up for medi-caid, available to most pregnant women nationwide. Again, knowing what to expect will make the process smoother.

5. Prepare Your Heart -- If you will be raising this child, prepare your emotional health to welcome a new person into your world. If you are choosing another option for this baby, such as adoption, consider counseling, or just time spent in reflection, speaking to your unborn baby about your decision. Sometimes just talking out loud helps prepare us for the situation that lies ahead.