Whether you are a physician, nurse or other healthcare professional, it is likely that at some point you will work with a woman coping with an unintended pregnancy. We know you care deeply about the needs of the women in your care and recognize that counseling expectant parents who are facing an unintended pregnancy about all their options – including adoption, can present a unique challenge.
As a clinician, you want to equip yourself with as much information as possible to help guide your patient through all of her options. CCAS-IPAS is here to help make the process easier.
CCAS-IOP is a nonprofit agency with 65 years of service to our community, providing services and counseling for women (and men) whether they choose parenting OR adoption.
Our adoption counselors are available 24/7 to assist you in providing the best care for your patient. They are knowledgeable and experienced in guiding women through all of their options and provide ongoing counseling and support to women who are considering adoption for their babies.
They will never pressure you or the mother into any one option.
Here are some tips on how to have this important discussion with your patient, ease her anxiety and help her make the decision that is best for her and her situation.
Start by letting her know that everything that you discuss is confidential and any decision she makes will be respected. Let her know that unintended pregnancies are common, and many women will experience what she is going through right now. She is not alone.
Start a Conversation
Explore her thoughts and feelings about this pregnancy and her baby. Listen to her and be respectful and supportive. Do not be judgmental or try to steer her in any one direction.
You can start the conversation by asking questions like:
- How do you feel about this pregnancy?
- How do you feel about taking your baby home?
There are also some questions that she can ask herself to help her determine if she feels she is ready to be a mother (INSERT LINK TO QUESTIONAIRRE).
If she seems overwhelmed and is open to discussing her options, help her understand the different plans available to help her and her baby.
Share our website with her so she can explore her options further
Your patient probably has many questions, and will most likely have more in the coming days. Our website is a great resource to share with women facing and unintended pregnancy, as well as the other people in her life who may have questions.
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Contact Infant of Prague if You Need Assistance or to Make a Referral
Contact CCAS-IOP at (559) 447-3333 right away. Our adoption counselors can help you through this process and answer all your questions. They are well-trained in processing all options, offering ongoing counseling and support with women who are considering making a plan of adoption for their babies.
We will never pressure you or the mother to move forward with any one option; it is the counselor’s job to discuss all of the options available to the mother.