If you’re facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy, it can be hard to know where to begin. First, you’ll need a plan for whatever option you choose. If you’ve never experienced this before or if you have new concerns this time around, we are here to help! Here are your options and a few steps to take to plan accordingly.
Option #1: Parenting
If you choose to carry and parent, make sure to have a proof of pregnancy letter in order to get the support you need. You can apply for Medi-Cal, WIC, and government assistance programs with this letter. (Note: I changed the Medicaid to CA state specific gov’t insurance with a link to eligibility [https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/DoYouQualifyForMedi-Cal.aspx] and changed the WIC hyperlink to a CA specific one [https://myfamily.wic.ca.gov/Home/AmIEligible#step1])
Additionally, you’ll want resources to doctors who will see you depending on your insurance. It can be a lot to sort out, but that’s why we are here. We can help you plan your next steps with a checklist of how to begin preparations for bringing your little one home. We also have resources regarding local pre-natal care options.
Option #2: Abortion
In order to know your abortion options, it’s helpful to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and limited ultrasound. A limited ultrasound is designed to diagnose a viable (living) pregnancy, confirm correct placement of the pregnancy in the uterus, and indicate gestational age (how far along you are). There are different types of abortion that are based on the gestational age of your pregnancy.
We can provide education on the types of abortions, how they are performed, how effective they are, potential risks, and answer questions you may have regarding abortion. Our clinic does not perform or refer for abortions.
Option #3: Adoption
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, none of your choices are easy. For some women, adoption can be a loving option. Know that you can take your time to make the very best decision. You can make a plan one step at a time! We can cover what there is to know about adoption, how involved you want to be, what kind of adoptions there are: open, semi-open, and closed. It is essential to understand that moving forward with adoption does not mean you are giving up your child. Rather, you are choosing to give your child the life you truly want for them. Birth mothers who place their babies for adoption hold the power to make many choices regarding the adoptive family.
Before choosing any of these options, we encourage you to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. Why? Because miscarriage is possible, as is an ectopic pregnancy. During your visit, you can discuss your options with one of our staff.
Why choose Alternatives Medical Clinic? Because Alternatives’ team of licensed medical professionals is specifically trained to provide medical care, including pregnancy testing to confirm pregnancy diagnosis for viability. We provide evidence-based medical education and supportive, friendly help that will empower you with confidence to make educated choices. We inform. You decide.