Unexpected Pregnancy

Joining Hearts helps women and couples experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Our compassionate pregnancy specialists are available throughout Arizona to help women explore life-affirming birth options for their pregnancies. Our team is committed to helping women understand the facts about parenting, adoption, adoption law, birth parent rights and more to help them make the best plan for themselves and their child. We also connect mothers to community resources such as housing, food, and healthcare. Call or text 888-818-4445 for immediate help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Unexpected Pregnancy Leads to Supportive Adoption

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Life was difficult for Beth. At 22 years old, she discovered she was pregnant. Beth had a strained relationship with her ex-boyfriend, the father of her unborn child, and she was estranged from her family. Unemployed and without reliable transportation, Beth didn’t feel parenting was a viable option and began considering adoption.

A friend had heard positive things about the Catholic Charities Joining Hearts program and encouraged her to call. She set up a meeting with program staff in her rural Arizona home.

About Joining Hearts

Joining Hearts shows love to women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Our pregnancy hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by compassionate pregnancy specialists who help women and couples statewide to explore life-affirming birth options for their pregnancies. All services are free and support women in their plan to parent or place their child for adoption.

The Joining Hearts team is committed to helping women understand the facts about parenting, adoption, adoption law, birth parent rights and more to help them make the best plan for themselves and their child.

The program can arrange for temporary care for a baby if the mother needs more time to make a decision, without the pressure of parenting or placing. Referrals are also available to connect to resources for housing, medical care, support groups, education, baby items and parenting support. Masters-level staff offer pregnancy clients lifelong support, regardless of their decision to parent or place their child for adoption.

Parenting vs. Adoption

After meeting with staff and learning more about adoption and her options, Beth decided to make an adoption plan for her unborn child. She chose a semi-open adoption where she would receive regularly scheduled pictures and updates.

Next, she selected adoptive parents by looking at profile letters, instantly connecting with one of the couples who matched everything Beth hoped for her child’s future. Beth planned to meet the adoptive parents but went into labor prior to the scheduled meeting.

Flexible Planning

At delivery, Beth changed her mind and made the emotional decision to parent her child. Her pregnancy counselor respectfully supported her decision and helped her connect to community-based parenting services for support.

A few weeks later Beth called her pregnancy counselor and asked if she could still make an adoption plan. Beth explained that parenting was harder than she thought, and she was struggling.

Lifelong Adoption Support

Beth felt her child deserved more than she could provide at this time in her life and requested her baby be placed with the adoptive family she had originally selected. The baby was placed the next day at Beth’s request, and soon after, Beth was able to meet the adoptive family.

Beth remained strong in her adoption decision and expressed appreciation and gratitude to the adoptive family. Beth also expressed gratitude to Joining Hearts for walking alongside her, providing supportive services every step of her difficult journey.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, text or call 888-818-4445 or visit joiningheartsaz.org.

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Teresa Doud

Teresa Doud is a Pregnancy Specialist at Joining Hearts. Teresa earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and has worked in the adoption field for over 15 years. She has been providing pregnancy, parenting and adoption support services to women and families through Joining Hearts, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services, since 2011.

In her free time Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult children. Teresa and her husband enjoy attending Blues music festivals in Arizona and California throughout the year. They also enjoy relaxing at the beach in Southern California. Teresa is an animal lover and has a dog and two cats from a local animal rescue group.

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