The thought of becoming a parent can be overwhelming at anytime, but especially if the news of your pregnancy is unexpected. Caring for a new life is indeed a big responsibility but it can also be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy you might be feeling unprepared to parent. There may be a number of important concerns for you if you are considering parenting – whether for your first time, or if this baby is a new addition to your family:
- Father of the baby
- Community resources and support
Women facing single motherhood may have a unique set of concerns. These often are related to:
- Ability to parent
- Raising a child in the absence of a father
- Inadequate support network
- Relationships with others
- Parental rights
- Future partners
There is parenting assistance available:
- Parenting classes
- Support groups
- Community resources
- Counselling and other support services
- Childcare subsidies
At times parenting will require personal sacrifice and you may need to adjust some of your goals. By making a long term plan and finding solutions to your challenges, you may find that you have the confidence to face the future as a parent.
Please feel free to connect with an online peer counsellor if you would like to discuss your options or have a referral to a local centre.