Unplanned Pregnancy amidst a Global Pandemic
Unplanned pregnancy under normal circumstances can send a wave of emotions through a woman: fear, anxiety, stress. But what about unplanned pregnancy under the circumstances our society faces today, as we struggle to control the global spread of COVID-19? For women who have become unexpectedly pregnant that fear, anxiety and stress is, without a doubt, much greater.
As most people are aware, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on families, frontline workers and businesses throughout the United States and the rest of the world, and not necessarily in a positive way. With many businesses and resources shut down or with limited hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly more difficult for women going through an unplanned pregnancy to get access to the help and resources they need to figure out their next steps. Additionally, women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy are often more fearful of contracting the COVID-19 virus and passing it on to their unborn child, further deterring them from seeking out resources that can help them to plan and prepare for the future.
Adoption is still Possible
Because of the newness of this particular coronavirus, there’s little information to go on in terms of the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy. However, pregnant women should still be taking the necessary precautions to avoid contracting and/or spreading the virus. This means staying home as much as possible, and, if going out is necessary, handwashing, wearing a mask and maintaining a six-foot distance between themselves and others are a must!
Since the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on pregnancy are still unknown, this can cause a woman going through an unplanned pregnancy even more stress and uncertainty. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has made gaining access to vital resources even more of a challenge for some, it hasn’t made doing so entirely impossible. Adoption Choices of Florida, along with other Adoption Choices agencies throughout the United States, have remained open in order to help these women create an adoption plan for their unborn child, if they so choose.
Creating Your Adoption Plan
Creating an adoption plan amidst a pandemic might sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! In order to comply with new guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, Adoption Choices of Florida will continue with their current mask requirement and six-foot social distancing rule. They will also continue with their increased sanitation and disinfection procedures. Employees and visitors alike must abide by these rules, not only for their own health and safety, but for the public’s as well. For those who wish to avoid physical, in-person interaction, Adoption Choices of Florida has implemented a variety of virtual methods for conversations and face-to-face meetings. Though these procedures can be frustrating, especially when you’re already going through an unplanned pregnancy, the health and safety of you, Adoption Choices employees and the general public is our top priority!
It’s important to keep in mind that these new rules and guidelines are going to complicate things a bit. If you opt for an open or semi-open adoption and have the opportunity to meet your child’s adoptive parents, getting to know them is going to be different than what you’d normally expect when you choose adoption. You won’t necessarily be able to meet potential adoptive families in-person. At least, not right away. Remember, too, that the adoption process can take time. Anticipate that the process could take even longer, as COVID-19 has greatly lengthened the amount of time it takes to do nearly anything these days. Some days, you’re going to feel extremely impatient, but know that you aren’t alone in that feeling. We are doing everything within our power to help waiting children, birth and adoptive parents bring loving, beautiful families together as soon as possible!
Unplanned Pregnancy amidst a Global Pandemic
Perhaps the most important thing a woman going through an unplanned pregnancy can do is to remain calm. Yes, being pregnant during a global pandemic can be frightening. But stressing out about it won’t make you feel any better, and, in fact, could put you and your unborn child at a higher risk for not only contracting COVID-19, but also other viruses and infections. Stress weakens the immune system, thus making both you and your baby more susceptible to illness.
Again, too, the sooner you reach out to Adoption Choices or Florida, or your local Adoption Choices agency, the less fearful, anxious and stressed you’ll feel and the more healthy you’ll be. The moment you start to panic about your unplanned pregnancy AND COVID-19 is the moment you make yourself and your child more likely to contract illness, whether it’s COVID-19 or something else!
If you are a birth parent considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: 800-985-8108