The Daddy Impact

You've just been told your partner is pregnant.  What emotions and thoughts are running through your mind right now?   "I'm too young to be a dad!"  "I can't financially or emotionally support my partner or a new baby."  "How do we tell our parents and friends about this?"  All of these thoughts, these questions, are normal.  Your world has just been changed.  Excitement, worry, doubts and fears are all a part of the process of discovering you're about to be a parent.  But, you are not alone!  We understand here at Life Options Clinic!

For the obvious reasons, a pregnancy is different for a man than a woman.  However, you are both responsible for this new life.  Your involvement as a father is so important.  And, although we do understand that your partner has the legal right to choose whether she will carry the baby, or seek an abortion, even without your consent, this doesn't mean that you do not have any choices.  

Your involvement in throughout the pregnancy and into your child's life is vital.  Just look at the information below to understand the significance of fatherhood.

 

You may have had a wonderful relationship with your dad.  Think about the positive impact that had in your life.  Don't you want to have that same impact on the life of your child?  Or, maybe you didn't have a loving, supportive father.  Then, think about the negative impact that has had in your life.  You can change the outcome for your child.  

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What is an "LMP" and why Does it Matter?

 

What is an LMP and why does it matter?

"LMP" means "last menstrual period."  When you are making an appointment with any medical office to see if you can get confirmation of a pregnancy, you will generally be asked about your LMP.  If you know the starting date of your LMP, it can help the office to have a general idea of when you conceived. The menstrual cycle is the monthly series of changes a woman's body goes through in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. Each month, one of the ovaries releases an egg — a process called ovulation. At the same time, hormonal changes prepare the uterus for pregnancy. ... This is a menstrual period.

According to womenshealth.gov, "the typical menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but each woman is different.  Also, a woman’s menstrual cycle length might be different from month-to-month. Your periods are still “regular” if they usually come every 24 to 38 days.  This means that the time from the first day of your last period up to the start of your next period is at least 24 days but not more than 38 days."  

Since the typical menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, and ovulation occurs around day 14, if you know the date of your LMP, then the health care provider can estimate the date of conception, and can then estimate your due date.  

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Why Make an Appointment at Life Options Clinic? What Are My Options?

 
 Why Make an Appointment at Life Options Clinic?  What Are My Options?

Facing a new pregnancy ... whether unplanned or even a planned pregnancy, can be a time of uncertainty, and even fear.  You may be feeling overwhelmed and even alone.  We want you to know, you are not alone.  We know it can be hard to process the news, and it may be hard to even try to make a decision on how you should move forward.  We want to encourage you not to feel panic not to rush into making a decision.  It is important to give yourself plenty of time to first process, and then to think through and learn all you can before you make any decision.

Making an appointment at Life Options Clinic is a good first step.  When you come in, we will talk with you about your circumstances, your goals and dreams, your current feelings about your pregnancy ... and then we will walk you through each option so that you will have accurate information to move forward in the decision you need to make.  Everything we do at Life Options Clinic is free and confidential. 

You basically have three options:

Parenting

The first option is parenting.  We do understand that this can be scary ... you may be facing a situation that makes parenting seem impossible for you, but thankfully, there are so many programs and resources available that can help.  You may have more questions than answers about parenting.  We've talked to hundreds of clients who are concerned about things like this:

  1. My partner doesn't want the baby, but I do ... I'm all alone
  2. How will I finish school?
  3. How will I continue working?
  4. Where will I live?
  5. I don't have medical insurance
  6. I can't afford a child
  7. I'm too young
  8. I don't have any parenting skills
    • How do I change a diaper?
    • How do I feed my baby?
    • What happens if my baby gets sick? 

At Life Options Clinic, we can talk with you about your specific situation and see what would be most helpful to you. We offer an education program, called Life University, to help you feel as prepared as possible to parent.   When you participate in our education classes, you earn "Baby Bucks" for each class you take.  You can then spend those baby bucks in our Baby Boutique to help you with the material resources you are going to need.

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