Being pregnant means eating for two and getting the right medical care. Both of these things can be very expensive. Even the smaller things you will need during your pregnancy, such as prenatal vitamins and maternity clothes, may be costly. If you have already looked into your pregnancy options and know that adoption is right for you but are worried you simply can’t afford the costs of being pregnant, please know that you can get help!
Lifetime Adoption has been helping and supporting birth moms through their pregnancy and with their search for an adoptive family since 1986. Their services are available nationwide, and are free for birthparents. Adoptive parents pay for legal fees, reasonable pregnancy-related expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, consulting, and counseling fees. Lifetime can also help you find resources to meet your non-medical needs, such as help with living expenses, school supplies, household items, and maternity clothes.
Their adoption experts know how to put you in touch with resources in your community that can help you with food and low- or no-cost health insurance. And if you have a special circumstance that you think may keep you from getting care (such as immigrant status), Lifetime can assist with that, too—they will be able to advise you and help you find the care that you and your baby need.
Your life will go on long after your adoption is finalized and your baby is in a safe and loving home. It’s important to keep not only your baby’s future in mind, but yours as well. If you’re considering going to college, or back to college, it’s good to know that there are college scholarship programs available for women who have placed a child for adoption to help with the costs of school. After all, you deserve the same opportunity for a future after adoption, just as you have ensured a healthy future for your child.
You made a great decision for your child’s life when you chose adoption. Don’t let the cost of being pregnant keep you from pursuing your own dreams and the dreams you have for your child. Call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 and find out more about your pregnancy options and how Lifetime’s experienced staff can help you. You can call this number twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to speak with a knowledgeable and caring person who truly wants what is best for you and your baby.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is nationally recognized as an expert on open adoption. A Certiﬁed Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P.), Caldwell is the founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, established in 1986. She has assisted in over 2,000 successful adoptions and was one of the ﬁrst adoption professionals on the Internet.
Caldwell’s life work is dedicated to educating and helping birth parents find the right adoptive parents for their child. She spreads the word about modern adoption through speaking appearances, webinars, online resources, and as a podcast show host.
She has written several award-winning books, including So I Was Thinking About Adoption, the first book of its kind. There are many reasons women choose adoption, and this short book is a comprehensive resource to make the best plan for you and your baby. Caldwell wrote So I Was Thinking About Adoption as a handy guide to the details of the adoption process.
Caldwell has made over 150 media appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s The Campbell Brown Show, NBC News, KGO Newstalk Radio, CNN’s Black in America II, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, BBC, and Dr. Laura.