What Options Do You Have?
The woman may be the main focus of the pregnancy, but that does not mean that her partner does not have a say in the decision-making process. In fact, many men who find themselves experiencing an unplanned pregnancy alongside their partner have several questions, including:
- What am I supposed to do now?
- Can she take a pregnancy test?
- What does an abortion cost?
- Is adoption an option?
- Am I ready to be a father?
- Is my opinion valuable in this situation?
All of these questions are completely normal. What is important to know is that your opinion is important — in fact, it’s often the opinion the woman wants to hear the most. You can make a big difference in this situation, whether you realize it or not.
As in any stressful situation, communication is crucial. It is important that you are both clear about how one another feels regarding the pregnancy. Even though it is legally the woman’s choice as to what happens next, your opinion can be very important. What’s most important is that you both feel supported, heard, and understood. If you would like, the staff at New Direction Women’s Center can help facilitate some of those conversations — we are always here to help.
If you’re a guy whose partner is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, please contact New Direction Women’s Center today. We can schedule an appointment to sit down with either just you or both of you and present you with the information and resource you’ll need to have a healthy discussion, and eventually, make an informed decision.