Finding Pregnancy Support and Counseling for Birth Mothers in Colorado
An unexpected pregnancy is a tricky thing to navigate. If you’ve found yourself newly pregnant, it is perfectly understandable that you may be experiencing a variety of emotions. You may be contemplating how you are going to raise and support a child, or you may be wanting to learn more about your options. Adoption Choices of Colorado provides in-depth counseling services designed to guide and process you through the emotions surrounding your pregnancy, and help you figure out your next steps.
Talking with Peers
As a birth mother, you want to provide the best life possible for your child. However, it may be difficult to picture what that life could look like. It’s important to sort through what you’re feeling, and to make sure you have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Seeing pregnancy support and counseling services is a big part of that.
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we understand that it can be scary to be in this situation. That is why we offer free monthly support groups for any and every birth mother who is interested in coming. Whether you’ve placed with us or not, we have a space for you. You could’ve worked with us a long time ago, or you could be in the process of working with us. It doesn’t matter when you placed your child for adoption — it could have been ages ago or fairly recently. We want you to come to the group.
We don’t underestimate the grief that you undergo when placing your child for adoption. That is why our group sessions can be so helpful. To converse with your peers, with other birth mothers who have gone through what you’re experiencing, can be immensely helpful. This allows you all to process what you’ve gone through or may currently be enduring. It’s a place of healing. There is no timetable when it comes to grief in the adoption process. We are happy to facilitate these kinds of conversations and bring different birth moms together.
In addition to providing monthly support groups, which are a very collaborative environment, we also provide private counseling. Seeking pregnancy support and counseling can feel very personal, so we understand if you want a more private arrangement. You may be more comfortable with a professional counselor — and that’s perfectly okay!
We also provide counseling for the birth father, if he is able and willing. This is presumably a difficult time for him as well, and we are very aware of that. Counseling services are also available to any other members of your family, any other children that you might have.
This counseling will always be available and free of charge. We feel that it’s important for you to understand that you have a voice. As a birth mother in the adoption process, you may feel powerless, but you’re not. The process and placement of your child is in your hands, and you have our support in any area that you need.
If you are a birth mother experiencing the grief of placing a child for adoption, Lifetime Healing is an incredible resource. As a close affiliate and partner to Adoption Choices of Colorado, Lifetime Healing was founded by Ashley Mitchell. She is a birth mother herself, and knows the boundless grief and devastation that can come with placing a child for adoption.
What originally began as an online support group grew dramatically into support for birth mothers in person. Social media support groups can often feel very isolating. To be able to put faces to names and meet women with similar experiences is very valuable.
If you are financially or physically unable to make it to a group session, you can access the curriculum online. There is an online video library where you are free to explore topics including, but not limited to:
- The need for friendships in the adoption process
- Why adoption books matter
- Managing emotions during the adoption journey
- Parenting after placement
- Relationships with the adoptive parents
Everyone involved with this organization has been where you are. They want to be there for you. Understanding your experience is their top priority.
There is no shame or embarrassment in seeking pregnancy support and counseling. To find yourself unexpectedly pregnant is a difficult situation and something that can be very emotionally trying. You may have never even contemplated motherhood, or you may be scared that you aren’t capable of being a parent at this point in your life. Whatever your reason is for choosing adoption, it is a valid one.
That said, the grief that often accompanies the decision to place your baby for adoption is also valid. You deserve counseling to help you unpack these strong emotions and guide you to a path where you can eventually heal. You deserve privacy in your healing, if that’s what you want. But, if you are willing to give it a try, surrounding yourself in a community of birth mothers, who empathize with and fully understand your pain, can provide you solidarity and support whenever you need it.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Call us: 720-371-1099, Call or Text us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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