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3 Reasons to Get Free Pregnancy Testing

If you think you might be pregnant, you’re probably wondering about the next steps. Even if you haven’t yet missed a period, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can validate your pregnancy status with our free pregnancy testing service.

With four convenient locations in and around Albuquerque, we make it easy to book an appointment to get tested. Walk-ins also are welcome at any of our sites, including our medical mobile unit.

How can you tell if you’re pregnant?

There are many signs that can point to pregnancy. Although women can experience different symptoms of pregnancy, some early warning signs are common. If you’re having any of the following symptoms, it’s worth exploring whether you’re pregnant.

  • A missed period can be one of the first indicators to alert you to a possible pregnancy.
  • Frequent urination happens in the early stages of pregnancy as your body ramps up production of the pregnancy hormones progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin.
  • Fatigue can signal your body’s hormonal changes to support an early pregnancy.
  • Nausea and vomiting can happen anytime during your pregnancy but are most likely during the first trimester.
  • Tender breasts are another sign your hormones are fluctuating in early pregnancy.

There are some other less common symptoms that you might experience. Women unfamiliar with these as signs of pregnancy can overlook them.

  • Bloating.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Changes in the skin.
  • Food cravings.
  • Headaches and dizziness.
  • Light bleeding, spotting, or period-like cramping.
  • Metallic taste.

What are 3 reasons to get free pregnancy testing?

The symptoms of pregnancy can be linked to other illnesses. It’s important to confirm your intuition that you’re pregnant. If you discover you’re not pregnant after free pregnancy testing with Care Net, then you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care doctor to explore other reasons for your condition.

Once pregnancy is confirmed, you’ll need to make an appointment with your doctor so you can get started taking prenatal vitamins and following other recommended regimens for a healthy pregnancy. 

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Confirming your home pregnancy test results is one of the many reasons why you should consider free pregnancy testing with Care Net.

Confirm your home test results

The first reason to get free pregnancy testing is to confirm you are, indeed, pregnant. While home pregnancy tests have come a long way and can be mostly accurate, they still don’t guarantee 100 percent accurate results.

Some home pregnancy tests differ in their ability to detect pregnancy in women who have recently missed a period. Other factors also can cause a false-negative or false-positive result.

False-positive results happen if you had a recent pregnancy loss or were taking a fertility drug containing HCG. They can also be caused by taking a home pregnancy test too early, testing with diluted urine, or not waiting the full period before reading the pregnancy test results.

An ectopic pregnancy, menopause, and ovary issues can produce incorrect pregnancy test results when testing at home. Care Net’s free pregnancy testing process uses hospital-grade kits to provide accurate results.

Explore your pregnancy options

Once your pregnancy is confirmed with a free pregnancy test, you can begin to explore your pregnancy options. Care Net’s knowledgeable staff can provide information about all your pregnancy options, including:

You can trust us to give you accurate details about each of your pregnancy options. While we do not refer or perform abortions, we do refer for adoption services, see our community referrals page for programs that can further assist you.

Provide proof of pregnancy

Whichever pregnancy option you choose, you must first have confirmation that you’re pregnant. It’s the first step toward getting pregnancy care from a medical professional who can guide you through the process associated with your pregnancy decision.

If you choose to work with an adoption agency, one of the primary requirements before they begin the placement process is to confirm your pregnancy. In addition to free pregnancy testing, adoption agencies might also request a free limited pregnancy ultrasound which can be done free of charge at one of our four locations.

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Adoption is one of the pregnancy options you can choose once you confirm your pregnancy with free pregnancy testing.

What are my pregnancy options?

Sometimes a pregnancy confirmation is a joyous occasion – an awaited result of a planned pregnancy – with the soon-to-be parents anxious to raise their child. However, this is not always the case. A pregnancy confirmation might leave you surprised, worried, or wondering what to do next.

An adoption is a beautiful option. You can give others the opportunity to become parents when they haven’t been able to conceive on their own. Care Net can help you explore adoption, giving you the tools, resources, and guidance needed.

If you decide to explore parenting, we have pregnancy and parenting education resources that can help you prepare. Our parenting education classes and support groups make sure you’re up to the task of providing a healthy and safe environment for your baby.

Sometimes expectant parents decide abortion is the best choice for their situation. Care Net doesn’t provide or refer for abortion services. Our caring staff makes sure you have the most accurate and medically-sound information about abortion.

Where can you get free pregnancy testing?

Care Net is a safe place for women to confirm their pregnancies and explore their pregnancy options. We can provide free pregnancy testing and guidance in choosing the best pregnancy option for your situation.

Contact us today to begin your journey.

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Alternatives to Abortion Clinics in New Mexico

Finding out you’re pregnant can be scary, especially if the pregnancy is unplanned. Abortion clinics in New Mexico are among the first places some women go when faced with this kind of situation. The most recent figures for New Mexico reveal that 4,620 abortions were performed in a year in the state. Pregnant women who choose abortion clinics in New Mexico may be feeling scared and alone and think they have no other options. There are alternatives to abortion clinics in New Mexico to help you sort through your pregnancy options. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque is one of the places you can turn when you need extra support.

What is Care Net?

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque offers free pregnancy testing, free limited pregnancy ultrasounds, and free STD testing. These are all important things to consider if you think you might be pregnant. Our caring and supportive staff helps you figure out whether you are pregnant, if you may have any STDs that could affect a healthy pregnancy, and reviews options for handling your pregnancy if it was unplanned.

Our free resources are designed to help you navigate an unexpected pregnancy. We make sure you are educated about all options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque doesn’t perform or refer for abortions, but we do arm women with accurate information to help them feel confident in their choice.

Care Net has four locations, plus a medical mobile unit, to make receiving care convenient. Contact any of our offices to schedule an appointment or walk right in to get the help you need.

Adoption and parenting are alternatives to abortion clinics in New Mexico.

Pregnancy options to avoid abortion clinics in New Mexico

Abortion may be a consideration for some pregnant women, which is why our staff provides accurate information about this pregnancy option. However, we also encourage women to explore alternatives that abortion clinics in New Mexico may not discuss.

Adoption agencies vs. abortion clinics in New Mexico

Adoption can be a viable alternative to visiting an abortion clinic in New Mexico. Even if you decide you are not ready to become a parent, you may be uncomfortable having an abortion. That is just one of many reasons to consider meeting with adoption agencies to place your baby with a loving family.

Most adoption agencies provide birth mothers with the financial and medical resources they need to have a healthy pregnancy. Birth mothers can choose which kind of adoption they prefer:

  • Open adoptions allow the birth mother and adoptive family to meet and have an ongoing relationship.
  • Semi-open adoptions allow for the birth mother and adoptive family to meet but not maintain ongoing contact.
  • Semi-closed adoptions give birth mothers the ability to choose their baby’s adoptive parents. There is no contact between the birth mother and adoptive family.
  • Closed adoptions protect the privacy of the birth mother and adoptive family and there is no contact between them.

Parenting as a choice

Some women who previously thought they weren’t prepared to become parents change their minds after meeting with our staff. If you are on the fence about whether to keep your baby, we can help connect you with community resources to support you in your journey toward parenthood. This includes material assistance, financial support, job assistance, medical assistance, and other essential living needs to ensure you and your baby are healthy. Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque also provides pregnancy and parenting education resources and support groups.

If you get a positive home pregnancy test, having the pregnancy confirmed with free pregnancy testing at Care Net is the next step.

Free services for pregnant women

If you decide to explore alternatives to abortion clinics in New Mexico, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can get you started on the path toward a healthy pregnancy. Making sure you are disease-free is one of the first steps you should take if you plan to place your baby with a loving family through adoption or raise them yourself.

Free testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a must if you plan to carry your pregnancy to term. STDs and STIs can cause serious health complications for you and your baby if left undetected and untreated.

Women are more likely than men to experience long-term health consequences after contracting an STD or an STI. Some STDs can damage the reproductive system and cause birth defects. Some of the most common STDs/STIs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Syphilis

STD/STI prevention and treatment during pregnancy

If you discover you have an STD or STI while pregnancy, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can help. It is important to remember that most STDs/STIs are treatable, especially when detected early. Some STDs and STIs do not cause symptoms, so you should be tested even if you feel fine. You can get peace of mind about your health by requesting free STD/STI testing at one of our convenient locations. While we provide limited treatment options for some STDs or STIs, we can also refer you to a healthcare professional who can determine the most effective course of action.

Some women and their partners struggle with the decision to have an abortion and require after-abortion care.

After-abortion care for women and their partners

Women who choose to visit an abortion clinic in New Mexico to have an abortion may struggle with their decision later. They also may have complications that require medical intervention. Understanding your physical and emotional reactions to abortion is a critical part of the recovery process.

Care Net Pregnancy Care Centers of Albuquerque offer after-abortion care services to women and their partners. We offer a confidential, non-judgmental environment where you can talk one-on-one with someone about your abortion experience. Call 505-880-8373 to discuss your needs with a caring member of our staff.

Alternatives to abortion clinics in New Mexico

If you are unsure of your options to an abortion clinic in New Mexico, contact Care Net Pregnancy Care Centers of Albuquerque today to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable and supportive staff members. We provide education and facts about all your options and never judge you for your choice. Everyone has different life circumstances that guide their decisions about an unexpected pregnancy. We’re here for you, no matter what you choose.

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Open Adoptions: 5 Tips for Birth Parents

Placing your baby for adoption is never an easy decision. Birth mothers who make this choice do so with the best interests of their babies in mind. Choosing adoption does not mean a birth mother must completely sever all ties with her baby. There are four different types of adoption. One of those kinds is open adoption.

Open adoptions allow the birth mother and the adoptive family to maintain an ongoing relationship. Contact methods and their frequency – letter writing, phone calls, visitation – between the birth mother and child are established as part of the pre-adoption agreement. Adoption agencies recommend open adoptions, when possible, because they are the best option for the child. Adopted children naturally have questions about their birth parents as they get older. Maintaining a relationship with their birth parents also provides easy access to information about ethnicity and medical history, among other things.

Agreeing to an open relationship with your child and their adoptive family is one thing. Knowing how best to carry it out is another. Here are five tips for birth parents to help form and preserve a healthy relationship for everyone involved.

1 – Acknowledge boundaries

It is important for adoptive children to understand the role of their birth parents in their lives. There are several ways to help them recognize relationships while maintaining respect for the adoptive family. Decide in advance what your child will call you. Mom is likely inappropriate since that role will be filled by the adoptive mother. Some adoptive families may be OK with a scenario where adopted children call their birth mothers’ mom, but that may be confusing for the child. Most birth parents have children call them by their first names. Birth parents should be open about how visitations make them feel, and not be afraid to ask for a break if seeing their child becomes too emotional. Honesty is the best policy with open adoptions for all parties involved.

2 – Respect adoptive parents

Tempting as it may be, it is never appropriate to overstep your boundaries as a birth parent and go against the wishes of the adoptive parents. Once you agree to the adoption, you effectively hand the overall decision-making for your child to their adoptive parents. Never insert your opinions or try to force your parenting preferences. It is OK to ask how they are doing and offer support when needed, but never cross the line between offering help and making demands.

3 – Maintain contact

Open adoptions require two-way communication between birth parents and adoptive parents. Establish appropriate times to call and how often you should make contact. Never take it personally if adoptive parents want to restrict access and communication in the days immediately following the baby’s release into their care. Newborns have many needs, and it can be time-consuming to keep up with them. Not to mention the fact that parents of newborns are just plain exhausted, so they need extra grace during this busy time.

4 – Plan ahead

Popping in to say hi without prior notice to adoptive parents is never appropriate. Plan ahead and schedule the times you will be visiting with your child. In addition to choosing dates and times, let adoptive parents know how long your visit will last and then stick to that plan. Pick a place for the visit that is comfortable for all parties. Parks and other places where you can engage in a structured activity with your child offer the best experience. When the visit is over, take time to schedule the next one or arrange for a time to discuss future plans so that everyone is on the same page.

5 – Seek assistance

It is OK if the birth parents and adoptive parents need help navigating the best way to proceed with maintaining an open relationship. Many adoption agencies will facilitate this kind of planning. If they do not, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can assist. We offer pre-adoption and post-adoption education services to birth mothers. They are designed to help navigate through the adoption process, provide access to a support advocate, and offer the opportunity to fully explore thoughts and feelings.

Birth mothers struggling with their decision to adopt may need ongoing support. We can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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What to Expect After Going Through Adoption

Finding out you are pregnant when you were not planning to start a family can be overwhelming. Some women know from the moment they see the positive pregnancy test that they are not at a place in their lives where they can raise a child. Others may not be sure how they want to move forward and spend time exploring their options.

Women who decide not to keep their babies – but who are not interested in having an abortion – may choose to place their baby for adoption. Healthy women who can carry their babies to term find adoption a reasonable alternative to abortion. There are four different types of adoption plans available to birth mothers and their partners. The one you choose determines how involved you will be in your baby’s life after the adoption process is complete.

Adoption agencies guide birth mothers on the journey, making sure they have what they need to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a positive birth experience. What happens to the birth mother after the baby is born and placed with his or her new family? Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque can provide expectant mothers with the assistance they need before, during, and after the baby’s birth and placement. Here is what you can expect once your baby is with his or her adoptive family.

Feelings of grief, guilt, and loss

Even if you opt for open adoption and have some involvement in your baby’s life, birth mothers can still go through periods where they feel profound grief and loss. An adoption is a life-changing event for the child and the birth parents. Birth mothers, especially, may find themselves going through what is known as the five stages of grief. The term was made famous by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Birth mothers may go through some or all these stages. Birth mothers who are unsure whether they can completely cut ties with their children should opt for open adoption. Care Net’s staff can put birth mothers in touch with adoption agencies that offer this option.

Another common feeling after an adoption is guilt. It is human nature to second-guess our decisions in life. Placing a child for adoption is one of the most difficult decisions a woman and her partner will ever make. Feeling guilty afterward is normal, especially for women who may be relieved by their choice not to raise their children.

Difficulty forming relationships

Persistent feelings of grief, guilt, and loss can make it difficult for birth mothers to form meaningful relationships after placing their children for adoption. If shame is part of the equation after an adoption, birth mothers may feel like they can never be open and honest with new people in their lives without the fear of judgment for their decision. Choosing adoption is one of the most loving things birth mothers can do for their babies. Birth mothers who struggle with this – and with forming new relationships because of it – can find solace in sharing their stories with other women in the same position. Care Net’s staff can put birth mothers in touch with group counseling options that allow them to explore their feelings with other women going through the same experience.

Dealing with inappropriate questions

Some people have no filters when it comes to the questions they blurt out. Even some otherwise well-meaning people can say the most insensitive things to birth mothers who have chosen adoption for their babies. As a rule, you should never ask someone questions about something as personal as adoption. If they are comfortable sharing their experiences and feelings with you, then they will do so voluntarily. Birth mothers who encounter individuals who lob inappropriate and insensitive comments or questions at them can tell the person calmly and politely they are not comfortable discussing the matter. If people persist in their rudeness, birth mothers are under no obligation to continue the conversation and should remove themselves from the situation.

Counseling – especially group counseling with other birth mothers who placed their children for adoption – can be helpful in learning tips and techniques for dealing with intrusive people. Our staff can put birth mothers in touch with a support advocate as part of our post-adoption education services who can review group counseling options.

Care Net helps struggling birth mothers

The nurturing staff at Care Net helps struggling birth mothers through the adoption process. We are here for you every step of the way. Our judgment-free zone is designed to help birth mothers make the best choice for their pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule your free appointment.

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5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Adoption

Choosing to place your baby for adoption is a difficult decision. Women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy may consider adoption as an alternative to having an abortion. Opting to carry your baby to term and place them with a loving family is the ultimate act of love for a child. Care Net Albuquerque recognizes that even if you select adoption, you likely have many questions that need answering before you commit to your decision. We are here to help you with the adoption journey, helping to answer those questions and recommending resources that can guide you through the process. Here are the top five questions many women have about adoption for their baby.

Question #1: How else can you say, “give up for adoption?”

The phrase, “give up for adoption” is a common one when describing the adoption process. Just because the phrasing is familiar does not mean it is the language you prefer to use when talking about your choice. Placing your child for adoption is not about giving him or her “up.” It is one of the toughest decisions a birth mother can make. When you know that you are not equipped to raise a child for any reason, and abortion is not an option you wish to pursue, adoption is a proactive, courageous, and loving fallback.

So, what do you say in place of “giving up for adoption?” Some replacement suggestions include:

  • “I am choosing adoption for my child.”
  • “I am creating an adoption plan.”
  • “I am placing my baby for adoption.”

Question #2: How do you start the adoption process?

Once you have decided that adoption is the best option for your pregnancy, understanding the adoption process is key to finding the best family for your baby. Care Net’s team can help you with the basics of adoption, including walking you through the steps involved. Here is an overview of what you can expect.

  • Choosing an adoption agency. This is arguably the most difficult part of adoption after deciding to place your baby. While Care Net is not an adoption agency, we can make recommendations for reputable organizations that can guide you through the rest of the process.
  • Picking an adoptive family. Whether you opt for open adoption or closed adoption, birth mothers can choose the family who will adopt their baby. This can make your decision easier since you have the final say in who will raise your baby.
  • Completing the adoption. Every adoption plan should include instructions for the baby’s delivery. Once your baby is born, you will be asked to complete the adoption paperwork that grants the adoptive family custody of the baby.

This is only an overview of the adoption process. Adoption specialists, sometimes called adoption social workers, with the adoption agency can answer any other questions you have before you make your decision.

Question #3: How much does it cost to choose adoption?

Placing your baby with an adoptive family is one of the most difficult decisions a birth mother can make. It is an emotional time for everyone involved. Since the financial costs of pregnancy and child-rearing often are a motivating factor in choosing adoption, the adoption process always is free for the prospective birth mother. Depending on the adoption agency you choose, birth mothers may be eligible for adoption financial assistance to help with expenses like food, rent, and prenatal care for you and the baby. Adoption specialists will ensure your adoption journey is as stress-free as possible.

Question #4: Will you get to see your baby after adoption?

Whether you continue to have a role in your baby’s life after the adoption depends on the type of adoption you choose. Birth mothers who wish to maintain a relationship with their children should choose open adoption. Open adoption allows birth mothers and adoptive families to have ongoing contact that can include phone calls and even visitation. Open adoptions are recommended as the best option for children for many reasons. Semi-open adoptions provide the birth mother with the opportunity to meet the adoptive parents. Ongoing communication after that is not as common as it is with open adoption. If you choose a semi-closed or closed adoption, there is no contact with the adoptive family.

Question #5: Who can help you place your baby for adoption?

Adoption is a life-changing journey for birth mothers. There are caring professionals in place who can guide you through the process and ensure you have the support you need. Choosing an adoption agency that aligns with your beliefs always is a vital resource for your adoption experience. Reputable adoption agencies assign birth mothers adoption specialists who can answer all their questions and provide support resources.

Get free help from caring professionals

Need help getting started? Not sure you want to place your baby for adoption? Care Net can help. You do not have to go through the process alone. Our caring team members are here to help you through every step of your journey. Call any of our center locations to schedule an appointment with us.

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Why You Should Choose Adoption Over Abortion

Finding out you are unexpectantly pregnant can cause a flood of emotions. Some women are scared or anxious, while others are excited and nervous. Whatever your feelings, they are perfectly OK. That includes being confused about the best way to handle a pregnancy. For women who are not yet ready for the lifelong commitment of child-rearing, abortion is a pregnancy option they may consider. There are alternatives to abortion if you find yourself pregnant and unable to raise a child. Choosing adoption over abortion is another possibility.

What are the benefits of adoption?

Only you can decide which pregnancy option is right for you. There are benefits to adoption that are not possible with the abortion alternative. Some adoptions are “open,” which means you can be a part of your child’s life after birth. This is one of the biggest benefits of choosing adoption for your unexpected pregnancy. You can watch your child grow while forming a relationship with the adoptive family. It allows you a window into your child’s life while relying on others who are committed to raising him or her.

There also are several benefits to your child, including:

  • Financial stability. Adoption in the United States is not cheap. Families who commit to the process are financially stable, which means your child will have greater opportunities in life.
  • Increased opportunity. Most adoptive parents are college-educated, which means they support advanced learning opportunities for their children.
Choosing adoption over abortion means you may have a chance to see your baby grow up with a loving family.

When to consider adoption over abortion

How do you know when to choose adoption over abortion? There are many reasons why women and their partners opt for adoption. One of the biggest contributing factors is the unpreparedness (or unwillingness) to become parents. Parenting is hard. Not everyone is suited to the task or feels ready to take on the responsibility. If this is how you feel, adoption is an alternative to parenthood.

Some women are lacking financial stability or the help of a committed partner. They know they cannot do it alone, and so they may consider adoption as a substitute to raising their baby alone.

Lacking a strong support system also can influence women toward adoption. This is especially true for women who do not have the help or cooperation of the baby’s father.

Sometimes women know they are unable to raise their child, but also know they are unwilling to have an abortion. For these women, adoption is ideal.

Types of adoption

If you are considering adoption, there are four different types of adoption plans. Birth mothers should make sure they fully understand how adoption works before agreeing to place their baby with an adoption agency. The staff at Care Net is trained to help you make sense of your choices and guide you to reputable adoption agencies should you choose this route for your pregnancy.

Here are the four types of adoption most agencies offer:

  • Open adoptions, which we previously discussed, allow the adoptive family and birth mother to have an ongoing relationship. The extent and frequency of the relationship are determined by the adoptive family and agreed upon at the time adoption paperwork is signed by both parties. Open adoptions are the best option for the child and Care Net encourages you to consider this if it is an option with the adoption agency you choose.
  • Semi-open adoptions are not available through every agency. When they are, they are an ideal way for the birth mother to meet the adoptive family and get to know them before the baby is born. With this option, ongoing contact with the adoptive family is not as common as it is with open adoptions.
  • Semi-closed adoptions allow birth mothers to choose their baby’s adoptive parents. Adoption agencies provide the birth mother with profiles of prospective adoptive families and leave the final decision on whom to pick up to her. There is no contact between the birth mother and adoptive family.
  • Closed adoptions provide confidentiality to birth mothers and adoptive families. In this scenario, adoption agencies serve as an intermediary between the two parties. The agency chooses the adoptive family based on its criteria. There is no contact between the birth mother and adoptive family.

Next steps in choosing adoption over abortion

If adoption is a pregnancy option you wish to consider, Care Net can help guide you through the process. We offer pre-adoption and post-adoption education services for birth mothers. Our supports are designed to help women:

  • Navigate through the adoption process.
  • Access a support advocate.
  • Fully explore their thoughts and feelings about their pregnancy and pregnancy options.

Women who need ongoing support can find it with us. Contact us to learn more about adoption as a pregnancy option, or to receive assistance with the adoption process.

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