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Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy: Single Motherhood, Adoption, and Abortion Questions and Resources

Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy: Single Motherhood, Adoption, and Abortion Questions and Resources

by Jeff Duffey MD

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By looking only for books that confirm your pregnancy decision you may feel reassured at the cost of making a mistake that irreversibly changes your life. Please, read this award-winning book instead. Use it to get some distance from your immediate emotions and widen your perspective. You can reality- check your assumptions and make your own best decision. A physician wrote it with the help of 15 other professionals (12 women and 3 men). In it you’ll explore essential questions about single motherhood, adoption, and abortion to help you carefully think through your decisions about your unplanned pregnancy. You’ll find resource chapters that inform you and save you time in getting help. You can use the book to open a conversation with loved ones. It won the 2016 IndieReader Discovery Award in the Women's Issues category. Useful information on assessing your partner’s readiness for parenting and a video can be found at the .com website by the book’s title.

Deciding to be a mother includes being willing to be a single mother should you lose your partner. The book’s single motherhood questions help you explore how single motherhood would affect you, your partner, your child, and your family. Use it to assess your single mothering skills. Or your partner’s. The resources help with cost calculation, money, fathering, and stress management.

Adoption agencies now have more flexibility to respond to your choices about the adoption process, selecting adoptive parents, and post-adoption arrangements. New choices are available to shape a future relationship with your child. Using the resources, discover the various types of adoption, adoption law, expense payment, maternity homes, and how to make connections.

Besides legal and ethical issues, the abortion chapters discuss miscarriage, types of surgical abortion, supportive resources, medical abortion with RU 486, paying for abortion, and finding appropriate abortion providers

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940151971645
Publisher: Jeff Duffey MD
Publication date: 06/13/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 395 KB

About the Author

For years women have shared their insights with Dr. Duffey. Out of their differing voices come this book’s unique wisdom and compassion. They confided in him the questions they regretted not asking themselves about their pregnancies. He relays those to you. Yet, as a psychiatrist, Dr. Duffey didn’t work just with women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. He treated their parents, single mothers, and women who have had abortions. He saw birth-mothers, adoptive parents, adoptees, people glad they were born and those wishing they hadn’t been. Their views give the book its depth. Dr. Duffey consulted with gynecologists, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and other professionals. He searched extensively for reliable resources. He selected 78 that offer you help in pursuing your decisions. Working through this book and its resources make it less likely you will make a mistake than if you just browsed the biased internet. Can you afford to make a mistake?

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
1 Laying the Groundwork 1
This Is Your Decision
Reaching Out to Others
Avoiding Overload
Examining Your Values
Remembering Reassuring Beliefs
A Range of Feelings
Handling Self-Destructive Feelings
Taking the Long View
The Decision-Making Process
2 Basic Questions About Single Motherhood 9
The Biological Father
Your Child
Your Family
3 Basic Questions About Adoption 13
The Two-Parent Family
The Role of the Adoption Agency in Reflecting Your Wishes
Types of Adoptions
Expenses viii Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy
The Adoptive Parents
Your Future Relationship with Your Child
Issues About the Legal Father, the Biological Father, and
Your Other Children
Comparing Risks
4 Basic Questions About Abortion 21
Ethical Issues
An Avoidance-Avoidance Conflict
Your Child's Interest
Outside Pressure
Emotional Health
Missing Motherhood
Illegal Abortions
Abortion Types
5 Single Motherhood Resources 35
Books and Book Lists
Some Costs of Single Motherhood
Comprehensive Websites with Leads to Many Resources
Financial Assistance, Food Assistance, and Grants
Money Management
Saving Money
Avoiding Paying Full Price
Avoiding Extra Expenses
Doing It Yourself
Thinking Creatively About Making Money
Taking Care of You
Contents ix
Preparing to Date Again
Helping Your Child Get More Fathering
Being Approachable
Getting More Education and Job Skills
6 Adoption Resources 49
An Overview
Adoption Agencies
Independent Adoptions
Adoption Law
Maternity Homes
Choosing an Adoptive Family
Adoption Scams
Teen Pregnancy
7 Abortion Resources 55
Seeking Answers About Your Pregnancy
Determining How Far Along You Are
Medical Abortion
Surgical Abortion
Examples of Specific Provider Websites
Finding a Provider
Paying for the Abortion
The Fetal Pain Issue
The Emotional Effects Issue
Emotional Support After the Abortion
The Laws in Your State About Abortion
8 Conclusion 67
x Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy
A-1 The Biological Father 71
Unhappily Married
His Parents
Inherited Diseases
Your Husband Is Not the Biological Father
A-2 Supplementary Questions About Single
Motherhood 77
The Joys of Single Motherhood
Positive Alternatives to Having a Child
Single Mothering Skills
The Effect of Your Single Motherhood on Others
Handling Stress
Physical Health Concerns
Your Energy
A-3 Supplementary Questions About Adoption 85
Considering Different Perspectives
Explaining Your Adoption Process to Others
Contents xi
The Adoptive Process
Added Responsibilities
Anticipating Future Relationships
A-4 Supplementary Questions About Abortion 89
Preconceived Ideas
Another Abortion
Rh Incompatibility
From the Author 91
Bibliography 93
Index 97

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