Parenting can be a positive choice for anyone who feels prepared to take on this role. It is important to consider that the choice of parenting will affect every aspect of your life, from your present social and economic lifestyle to your future goals.

If you wish to continue the pregnancy you may want to seek medical, nutritional and emotional support as soon as you can. This is important both for your own health and the health of the fetus. If parenting is an option for you and you would like more support in this area, you may also want to find birthing classes, prenatal support programs, breast feeding support, parenting supports, and financial support. Some of these services can be found in our booklet Pregnant and Undecided or, you can send us an email for a list of current providers in these areas.

Considering Parenting?

Reflection Questions

You may find it helpful to ask yourself some questions about parenting and your ability to be a parent at this time in your life. The following questions ask you to consider some of the many issues involved in parenting. There are no right or wrong answers – these questions are meant to help you make a decision that will be right for you.

  • How did I feel about parenting before I became pregnant?
  • Have those views changed now that I am pregnant?
  • What do I want out of life for myself? How will parenting affect my own growth, development and goals?
  • Am I financially able to raise a child at this time?
  • If/when I envisioned being a parent, what did that vision look like? How close to that vision am I at this time? How close to that parenting ideal do I have to be to choose to parent?
  • Do I feel like I am ready to parent at this time?
  • What sort of support do I feel I need to parent successfully?
  • Does that support exist in my life right now?
  • What would make this the best choice for me?

Think about your answers and what they mean to you. You may want to discuss your answers with a family member, your partner, a friend or a counsellor. If you’d like to access our pregnancy options counselling send us an email: or give us a call: 403-283-5580.