As the late great Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.” This is especially true when you are pregnant and considering adoption for your child. At a time in your life when fear and uncertainty might be the main feelings you are experiencing, the best way to make yourself feel better is to get all the facts.
Some of the best places to find really solid information about being pregnant and what to consider when you look at adoption are right here on the internet. Most of the facts you need are as close as a quick phone call or a click of the mouse.
1. Lifetime Adoption’s Free Counseling
A great place to start gathering information about your unplanned pregnancy is to call the adoption answer hotline (800-923-6784). Adoption coordinators are ready to answer all your questions, talk through what your best solutions are if you’re considering adoption, and help you find all the resources available for medical care, housing, and financial assistance.
Calls to the adoption answer hotline are all always confidential, and you can trust that the person on the other line isn’t judging or making assumptions about you. They are there to listen and provide the best help they can in getting you information and helping you find solutions that are best for your life.
2. Pregnancy Help Online
Pregnancyhelponline.com is a great website that has a ton of information and helpful tools for when you are pregnant. Browse through articles about pregnancy and how your body might change; learn about what foods are good for you and what you should avoid, and read stories about other real women who have been through the same things you are going through.
You can even use the pregnancy calculator to estimate your due date and find out how pregnant you are.
3. Free Book Download
You can download a free copy of So I Was Thinking About Adoption from Lifetime Adoption. The book walks you through all the feelings you might be having, and helps you make sense of it all. It has a ton of great information about pregnancy and what to expect if you are thinking about adoption for your baby.
4. The Lifetime Adoption Birth Parents Blog
There’s a lot of random information on the internet about adoption, and not all of it is accurate and true. If you are considering finding an adoptive family for your baby, then you want to have all the facts, and make sure they are true.
The Lifetime Adoption birth parents blog has articles covering everything you might want to know about open adoption. And since Lifetime Adoption is a nationwide leader in domestic open adoption, you can trust the information on adoption on the site.
You can learn about which questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about adoption to see if it might be right for you, and learn what steps to take if you want to get started with the adoption process. You can even look at real adoptive families who are currently hoping to adopt and get an idea of who these people are.
5. Free Adoption Kit
Maybe you aren’t ready to talk to someone, or you can’t use the computer at home to get information about adoption and pregnancy because you don’t want to be obvious. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a nice little package delivered to your house that contained all the information you’d need to make a decision about choosing adoption?
Order the free adoption kit from Lifetime Adoption and they will send it right to your house. It will come in a plain package that doesn’t say anything about what’s inside, so no one will know you are pregnant and considering adoption if you don’t want them to.
The kit comes with a DVD, brochures, a magazine about pregnancy, and the really helpful book called So I was Thinking About Adoption.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.