Pregnancy is a common experience, but it’s not always a simple path from conception to birth. Almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and whether expected or not, pregnancy can bring up lots of feelings. Many people also struggle to get pregnant and can’t, and many experience pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Whatever your experiences with or feelings about pregnancy, All-Options offers a safe space to talk about them. Call our All-Options Talkline toll-free at 1-888-493-0092.
Pregnancy Options & Support:
- The Pregnancy Options Workbook: This online workbook offers information on adoption, abortion, and parenting, as well as chapters on spirituality, self-care, and decision-making exercises.
- Faith Aloud is an organization of people of diverse religious faiths and convictions who support reproductive justice for every person. Faith Aloud offers online resources and free telephone counseling with supportive religious clergy.
- Talking with Your Parent(s): Resources and tips on how to talk to parents about being pregnant.
- Advice for Parents: Resources and tips for talking with your unexpectedly pregnant teen.
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization providing community to people experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution, and giving voice to their demands.
- Alt-IF: Alternative Infertility Voices aims to collect the voices of people who have dealt with or are dealing with infertility, specifically the voices of those also in alternative/non-majority subcultures, or those who feel like outsiders for any number of reasons.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss:
- Unspoken Grief is a safe place to share, talk, support and learn about the impact of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss in our lives.
- Babies Remembered and Wintergreen Press provides many resources for those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.
- Ending a Wanted Pregnancy offers support for parents ending a pregnancy after prenatal or maternal medical diagnosis.
Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum:
- MothertoBaby provides accurate evidence-based information about exposures to drugs and chemicals during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Check their website or call them toll-free at 1-866-626-6847.
- Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
- Solace for Mothers is an organization designed to provide and create support for women who have experienced childbirth as traumatic.
- Baby Blues Connection provides support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and to the professionals who serve them.
- National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable – low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.
Deciding if you want to be a parent may be one of the biggest questions you will ever consider. Whether you already have children or are considering parenthood for the first time, both the idea and the reality of raising a child can bring up lots of emotions, fears, and hopes. Our All-Options Talkline (1-888-493-0092) offers a space to explore all your feelings about parenthood without any assumptions, limitations, or judgments.
- Parenting Resources from the Dept of HHS: An index of resources and information on parenting compiled by the Administration for Children & Families.
- National Parent Helpline: Run by Parents Anonymous, this line offers emotional support to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages. 1-855-427-2736. The website also has lots of resources.
- National Diaper Bank Network: Diapers are a major expense and they are not usually covered by food stamps, WIC or welfare benefits. This network of local resources distributes free diapers.
Stories & Support for Parents:
- Offbeat Families supports and celebrates parents and caregivers who are moving beyond mainstream visions of parenting, and anyone who’s interested in families, whether you’re pre-parental, in the process of becoming a parent, or choosing to live childfree.
- Single Mothers by Choice offers virtual and local support and information to single women who are considering, or have chosen, single motherhood.
- Hip Mama is an independent online magazine bursting with political commentary and ribald tales from the front lines of motherhood.
- MUTHA Magazine explores real-life motherhood, from every angle, at every stage.
- NonCustodial Parent Community is a site dedicated to sharing experiences, strategies, and solutions, to challenge biases about noncustodial parents.
- The PushBack: We know that teen parents can be capable caregivers and fabulous role models for their children. This space is to push back against all that ignorance, bitterness, and prejudice and show what young parenthood really looks like.
- Girl Mom: Designed and moderated by and for young mothers, the Girl Mom community offers real voices of teen parents on topics including education, rights, self esteem, kids, sexuality, and politics.
Parent & Family Advocates:
- Strong Families is a 10-year national initiative led by Forward Together to change the way people think, feel and act in support of ALL our families.
- MomsRising: where moms and people who love them go to change our world. Together we can build a nation where children, parents, and businesses thrive; and end discrimination against mothers.
- Legal Services for Prisoners with Children unites the struggles for criminal and reproductive justice by protecting incarcerated parents’ rights, seeking their release, and fighting for reunification of families.
Deciding NOT to Parent:
- Childfree.net is a group of adults who all share at least one common desire: we do not wish to have children of our own. We choose to call ourselves “childfree” rather than “childless,” because we feel the term “childless” implies that we’re missing something we want – and we aren’t.