Options Counseling

What are my options?

Once you have confirmed your pregnancy, you have three options to consider:


Abortion is a medical procedure. If you are thinking about having an abortion, it is important to educate yourself on the procedures and risks. You may be facing:

  • Pressure from the father or other family members
  • Financial concerns
  • Difficult circumstances surrounding your pregnancy

We will listen and help you think through your situation and your options.


The thought of becoming a parent may seem overwhelming or even impossible right now. Your concerns may include:

  • I want to have the baby, but I’m afraid
  • My boyfriend doesn’t want the baby, but I do
  • My parents will be upset if they find out I’m pregnant
  • How will I be able to finish school?
  • Where will I live?
  • How will I support myself and a child?
  • I’m not ready right now to be a parent

We can talk about all these concerns with you to help you decide if parenting is right for you.


Adoption may be an option for you as you make a plan for your child’s life. You may be thinking

  • I don’t want to have an abortion, but I’m not ready to be a parent
  • I want my baby to have a two-parent family
  • I want my baby to have financial security

Today there are many choices with adoption. You can choose your child’s parents and be a part of your child’s life if you like or hear regularly how your child is doing. We can help you explore this option.

*Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland does not offer abortion services or referrals.