There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood PressureThere Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure


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There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure

I used to thinkt that people in good health just had "healthy genes" and that daily habits didn't affect health very much. Due to that belief, when my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and prescribed a medication to treat it, I didn't take it at first. I soon got a health "wake up call" when I began experiencing chest pains. My wife took me to the ER and, thankfully, they determined I wasn't having a heart attack, like I thought I was. The next day, I began taking my medication and living a healthier lifestyle. Soon, I was able to stop the medication due to my lifestyle changes, but I still monitor my blood pressure at home just to "stay on the safe side." I wanted to share my story to help others and plan to post many more health tips on my new blog.

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Alternatives To Abortion: You Have Options

An unexpected pregnancy does not have to end in abortion. There are other options available. Here are a few alternatives to consider:

Adoption

By transferring your parental rights to another caring, responsible adult, you may be giving your child a chance for a better life.  Adoption is often selected out of selfless love and concern for the child. It should never be viewed as desertion.

Adoption is a popular option. Around 4 out of every 10 adults in the United States have considered adopting a child. Nevertheless, the number of children available for adoption appears to be decreasing. Prior to 1973, over 19 percent of the children of unmarried Caucasian women were placed for adoption. However, in the late 1980s through the mid 1990s, less than two percent were made available to adopt.

 Adoptions can take place privately or through a reputable agency.

  • Private Arrangement: A private adoption is an arrangement between the birth parents and the adoptive parents. The initial meeting of the parents may be set up by various means, such as through a lawyer, an advertisement or a doctor.
  • Agency: An adoption agency can be private or public. Private agencies are not funded by the state. Public adoption agencies are government-funded, and they often place children who have been in foster care.

Even though parental rights have been transferred, some adoptions are "open" and still permit contact between the child and the birth parents. Closed adoptions do not permit such contact.

Foster Care

Another alternative to abortion is foster care. The care does not have to last indefinitely. By placing a child in short-term foster care, the baby can enjoy the love and support of a nurturing environment until the birth parents are able to make a decision to parent or place for adoption. Short-term fostering can last a day, or it can remain in place for months.

Keeping Parental Rights

If you decide to keep your child, you may not have to parent alone. You can use the support of extended family members, or you can partner with the child's father to raise him or her. Nevertheless, if the father of your child chooses to forgo his parental rights, you can still parent successfully without the help of a partner. If you are financially challenged, you may be eligible for state-funded childcare and other assistance. In addition, agencies such as faith-based pregnancy centers can offer counseling and infant care supplies free of charge.

If you are pregnant and seeking an alternative to abortion, there are options available. Meet with a qualified counselor to review possibilities and make the best decision for you and your child. For more information, contact Pregnancy Center Of Wayne County or a similar location.