Continuing with an Unplanned Pregnancy
Sometimes if a pregnancy is unplanned, you might still feel like you would like to continue the pregnancy and become a parent.
There will be many things to consider when becoming a parent: financial responsibilities and employment changes that parenting could bring, your current health, or how much support you will receive from family. The option that you feel is best for you may not be the same decision that family members or friends would make. Remember that it is your choice.
Your GP can guide you through continuing with the pregnancy, with necessary health checks and dating scans. If you know that you would like to continue the pregnancy, make an appointment with your GP as soon as you can. You can talk through prenatal and birthing plans with them, and they can refer you to a maternity hospital if you would like them to. Postnatal care is also free in Ireland, which includes stays in a public hospital for new-born and for the mother.
The trusted organisations below have information and guidance on maternal care and pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support Organisations
In the Republic of Ireland
In Northern Ireland
You may have some financial worries about continuing with the pregnancy and being a parent. These organisations below have information about Maternity Benefit and maternity leave, as well as support for single parent families, for financially vulnerable families, and for unmarried families.
Social Welfare and Child Benefit Support
One of 3 choices
Continuing the pregnancy is just one of a few choices you have.
The decision is about your future, and the future of the child if you decide to take the pregnancy to term. This choice, is yours to make. Remember to take your time and know that you can seek advice from specialist organisations to decide if continuing the pregnancy and parent a child is the right choice for you. Other possible options include continuing the pregnancy and arranging adoption, or to end the pregnancy with abortion care services.
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