At Loving Choices, we offer in-depth counseling and information about the many kinds of adoption plans available. We also offer post-adoption counseling to help ease you through the emotional difficulties that may follow.While Loving Choices does not participate in the actual placing of infants with adoptive families, we will walk alongside you to make an adoption plan if you so choose.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A young mother and father made the decision to give their baby up for adoption. It was out of love for their little baby that they decided to give him up to parents who could provide him with the opportunities that they couldn’t. Take a look at the birth mother’s message to her son, Lucas.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The only way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy with 100% certainty is to abstain from sex. And while it may feel like you’re the only one waiting, if you look at the statistics you’re definitely not. According to StayTeen.org, more than half of all high school students are virgins. Check out the full article here.
And remember, you don’t have to be a virgin to abstain. Even if a person has been having sex, he/she may decide to discontinue the behavior at any time in order to prevent pregnancy and STDs.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Life with a baby after an unplanned pregnancy can be hectic and challenging, but it can also be rewarding and fulfilling. At Loving Choices, we support you from the very beginning of your pregnancy and even after the birth of your child.
If you make the decision to raise your baby, we encourage you to participate in our Care Center. It’s a long-term mentoring program that allows you to earn “Mommy Bucks” that you can spend at our “Mommy Boutique” where you can purchase clothes and diapers, as well as car seats, strollers and cribs.
Through the Care Center, you will also have the opportunity to meet with other women in similar situations, giving you a built-in support group as you parent your child.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
If you are sexually active, there is a chance you could be pregnant. The American Pregnancy Association has compiled a list of some common early signs of pregnancy. (http://americanpregnancy.org/gettingpregnant/earlypregnancysymptoms.html) While these are common indicators, each woman is different. There is only one way to know for sure if you are pregnant. Schedule an appointment with us today. We’ll get you set up with a free pregnancy test and will discuss options with you once we determine test results.
Telling your parents that you’re pregnant can be a terrifying thought, but it’s best to be brave and talk to them early. Here are 10 tips put together to help you inform your parents in a mature, smooth way.
We invite you to talk with one of our staff members before talking to our parents. We’re happy to listen and offer help on how to best approach the conversation.
Friday, October 11, 2013
According to Medical News Today an ultrasound “is a device that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels… Obstetric sonography is frequently used to see the baby in the womb.”
At Loving Choices, we are thrilled to offer free ultrasounds to our clients between 6 and 20 weeks pregnant – most clinics charge a fee. Ultrasounds are simple and painless. They allow you to see your baby and determine viability.
As with our other services, ultrasounds are confidential. Feel free to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test with us today.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
When Daniella, a smart, outgoing high school student, found out she was pregnant at age 16, she turned to Loving Choices.
Watch Daniella’s story.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Now a stay-at-home mom to two daughters, Lisa, who made the decision to abort three pregnancies nearly 10 years ago, shares a raw glimpse into her painful journey to healing on her “It’s Time for Healing” blog. Find out why a cheery shade of yellow still sends Lisa back to a much darker time in her life here.
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toward a path of freedom and healing.
Often women may feel a very strong sense of relief following the abortion knowing that the pregnancy is over. However, like Lisa, sometimes a woman experiences confusing thoughts and emotions after that sense of relief that can take five, 10, or even 20 years to surface.
We offer a Confidential Abortion Recovery program, and we’ll walk alongside you on your journey to healing. Some of us have been right where you are and understand your pain on a very personal level.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
According to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance report, young people ages 15 to 24 represent nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year.
It’s important to keep in mind that in some cases, mouth-to-mouth or skin-to-skin contact alone can lead to the spread of STDs. In a Health.com article titled “Top 10 Myths About Safe Sex and Sexual Health,” (http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307293,00.html) Dr. Sophia Yen, MD, adolescent medicine specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., points out that “kissing… can spread herpes (and deeper kissing can even spread oral gonorrhea and chlamydia), while skin rubbing together can pass infections such as genital warts, herpes, scabies and pubic lice.”
Most infections have no symptoms, and if left untreated, can cause severe health consequences. The only way to know is to be tested. Check out more tips from Health.com to determine which tests you should consider (http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20189308,00.html).
At Loving Choices, we offer free STD/STI testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes, and Trichomonaisis. Click here for more information about our testing services.