When you learn about your accidental pregnancy, it can be difficult to know what to do next. While you weren’t expecting this to happen, there are still a lot of important decisions ahead. It can be intimidating to have this conversation with the birth father, and he might need some time to process this news. Take it one step at a time. If you feel nervous about the conversation, make sure you have a support system to help you navigate through the process!
Think Through The Possible Scenarios
If you’re not sure how the birth father will respond to this news, it might be helpful to talk through the possible scenarios with a supportive friend or family member. Every circumstance is different, and it helps some birth mothers to prepare for a conversation with someone they trust. If you are nervous about how the birth father might respond, you can also bring a friend or family member with you to help mediate the conversation. It’s comforting to know that you have support no matter what his reaction is.
Give Him Time to Process The News
While you have had a little time to process the news, it’s all brand new to the birth father. He might feel shocked, upset, or confused about this information. Every birth father is different, and it’s important to know that their initial reaction might not be the most accurate representation of how they feel. It might be an emotional conversation initially, and it can be helpful to be prepared for that. Share the news with the birth father, but also give him some time to think about what this means.
Learn About Available Resources
Some birth mothers know exactly what they want to do when facing an accidental pregnancy. Others don’t know very much about their options, and they want to learn about the different avenues they can take. There are a lot of different resources available to birth mothers to help support them through these decisions. Many birth mothers find support groups, counseling, and making a plan helpful to them in this process.
No birth mother should have to go through this alone. If you are uncomfortable talking to the birth father about this situation, we are happy to talk through this with you! Text one of our care team members at 662-401-5823 to learn more.