I’m Pregnant and Freaking Out!

by Audrey Winterhof | Posted on June 21st, 2016

An unexpected pregnancy can turn your world upside down.  No matter what your circumstances are, it can be overwhelming and difficult to process on your own. Welcoming a baby into the world can be hard to imagine.  Maybe the timing doesn’t seem right…you’re too young, too old, money is tight, and you’re trying to handle all the curve balls life is throwing at you already.  Well I have some good news for you.  We can help!  We can meet you anywhere free of charge in the state of Iowa and can help you come up with a plan for you and your unborn baby.

Take a deep breath.  Life is not over.

Want to parent?

Your baby is growing in amazing ways each and every day. If you want to parent your little miracle, we can help you come up with a plan to make that possible.  If you need resources, then we’ll help you find them.  If you need help with parenting classes, we’ll help you get them.  If you need some help sorting through feelings, we can help with that as well.  An unexpected pregnancy does not mean this is the end of the world for you and your child.  Sure, things in your life may change and may never be the same.  However you’re created to be resilient and to push forward.  Reach out and let us help you come up with a parenting plan!

Need another option?

For some, parenting a child is not the option that is best for them or their unborn baby.  So now what?  Here’s another option – adoption.  Carrying your baby full term and welcoming them into the world can bring joy to both you as a birth mother and to others who are trying to build their family through adoption.  Making a plan for your child to be adopted by a loving family is an amazing gift you can give your little baby. A loving gift of life and opportunity to grow with a family of your choosing.

Some reasons why women make adoption plans:

  • They want their child to grow up in a home with 2 parents who are married and love each other. And their current situation does not allow them to provide this for their child.
  • They don’t want their child to grow up in their current environment.
  • They want their child to be financially stable and they cannot provide that for them.

Take another deep breath – we can help with this, too!

Lutheran Family Service has been helping women develop adoption plans for their children since 1901.  We have years of experience in this area and would love to help you.  We will walk with you as much as you want us too.  We can help you understand the law in Iowa, your rights as a birth mother/birth father, find the perfect family for your child, mend or mediate relationships that might be stressed by the pregnancy, and can help you get back on your feet after placing your child.  Once your child is delivered, we can and will still serve you as much as you’d like.  Again, this unexpected pregnancy does not mean life is over.  Reach out and let us help you create a loving adoption plan for your child.