Do you know anyone who is unexpectedly pregnant and not sure what to do next? It can be difficult for women to open up in this situation because life can often feel lonely and overwhelming. There are a lot of ways you can support birth mothers, and your encouragement may even make a big impact. We put together three tangible things you can do to support birth mothers near you below!
Listen Without Judgment
Many birth mothers aren’t sure who they can talk to about their current circumstances. They are afraid people won’t understand what they are going through, and many birth mothers are nervous that people will judge their past or current choices. At the end of the day, most birth mothers need someone who will listen to them without judgment. They have a lot to process about what life might look like, and they need unconditional love and support as they work through these hard decisions. Lend a listening ear, ask thoughtful questions, and let her know that she is loved no matter what the future holds.
Connect With Nearby Resources
Some birth mothers aren’t aware of all of the resources available to them, but there are a lot of helpful options that can make birth mothers feel more supported throughout the adoption process. Birth mothers have a lot on their plates, and it can be helpful if someone else brings resources to them. Make a few calls to pregnancy care centers and adoption agencies in your area. They typically offer things like counseling, support groups, and legal help. Also, every birth mother will have questions about her options and rights, and no circumstance is exactly the same. Connect her with an expert who can answer her questions so that she can make the best decision possible for both her and her pre-born child.
It’s not always easy to reach out for help. If you know a birth mother in your community, be sure to check in with her often. Be available to her, and even ask if she would like any support attending her appointments. The journey to making an adoption plan can feel intimidating, and it is relieving to know that she doesn’t have to do it alone. Make sure she knows that you are available if she needs you. Send her an encouraging text, check in after appointments, and drop off a meal or a special treat on a hard day. These little things can go a long way!
If you’d like to get involved in providing support to birth mothers, we have opportunities for you! Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 1-662-842-6752.