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Unwanted pregnancy: your choices

We will talk with you about your thoughts and feelings regarding the pregnancy. This discussion is focused completely on your needs and options available to you. Initially you will be seen on your own to talk about the pregnancy and about your options, which are to:

Continue the pregnancy and arrange for adoption or fostering

Continue the pregnancy and become a parent

End the pregnancy with abortion

There will be an opportunity for your support person to join you later. This discussion is as short or as long as you need it to be. If you need more time to come to a decision or would like to speak to a counsellor in more depth, please let us know.

If you decide to continue with the pregnancy it is important to return to your GP to discuss antenatal care. The leaflet called ‘Pregnancy: your next steps’ will provide you with advice about what to do next. For information about adoption please talk to your midwife once you have spoken to your GP to arrange antenatal care. Adoption processes vary around the UK, so if you are considering adoption speak to your GP or midwife as soon as you can. If you decide to end the pregnancy we will discuss with you the reasons for requesting an abortion to ensure you meet the legal requirements and then begin your medical assessment.

Here are some things to think about that may help you decide:

"What are my hopes and plans for the future, and how could abortion, adoption or parenting affect them?"

"What 2 or 3 things matter most to me in my life now, and how could my decision affect these?"

"What do I hope to achieve over the next 5 to 10 years, and how might my decision affect this?"

"How would I feel if I: become a parent, pursue adoption, or end the pregnancy?"

"How would the people closest to me react if I: become a parent, pursue adoption, or end the pregnancy?"