Unplanned Pregnancy Help & Options

Pregnancy is overwhelming, especially if it is unplanned.

You may feel isolated, but you are not alone. As you think about your future, there are so many things to consider—emotionally, physically, socially and financially. You may be asking yourself: “Who can I trust to help?” The simple answer: The Cradle

Perhaps you’re not ready to be a parent. Maybe the idea of adoption worries you, too. At The Cradle, our caring professionals will help you explore all your options and support your decision with complete privacy and respect.

We will never tell you what to do. Nor will we ever judge the choices you make. We are simply here to help you understand how adoption could work in your situation and support you as you make decisions.

We are here to help you understand the options for unplanned pregnancy.

Every day we meet pregnant women dealing with your same concerns. Our free and private counseling services let you talk about what your life is like today and imagine what it could be like in the future. If adoption seems like a good idea for you, your Cradle counselor will go over all your options and help you select or meet potential adoptive families. Of course, you can meet with your Cradle counselor as often as you like.

At this time of your life, even “the basics” aren’t so basic. We are happy to help you with pregnancy-related expenses and living arrangements, as needed. Any assistance The Cradle provides is given as a gift, with no strings attached. It does not obligate you to place your child for adoption.

We can also refer you to community resources for low-cost or free health care to make sure you get the pre-natal medical care you need to best take care of your health and your baby's.

We realize making a decision about your pregnancy isn't easy.

You may not have made a definite plan or final decision by the time you give birth. That’s okay. You are invited to use The Cradle nursery while finalizing your plans. With over 90 years of experience, you can be confident that your baby is in good hands with our caring and expert staff. And, naturally, you are welcome to visit as often as you like. If you do not live in Illinois, The Cradle has carefully selected other temporary care options. Please email a counselor for more information. 

A birthmom's message: You are not alone

Video Transcript

When I first found out I was pregnant, it was terrifying, you know, I ignored it, I went on pretending it wasn’t happening, but I was terrified. I had just been kicked out of my house, was living with my boyfriend, was, you know, working a small job, still trying to go to college with, just finished a season of volleyball. We decided to go with adoption when we were turned down for an abortion that I was too far along.

So the first thing I did was get home that day and start searching about adoption. I found a few different families that I wanted to contact but one in particular stood out to me. Their picture not only screamed to me that they were the right ones but their profile had everything we were looking for from a marriage that’s been going on for a long time to a stay-at-home mom to a dad that, you know, had a good, solid career. And at first we found it kind of awkward that we had this stranger coming in to talk to us, but the best part every time that she left, it created such conversation between me and my boyfriend that we got things covered and things out that we needed to talk about.

Life now is incredibly different. We actually keep good contact with the adoptive family. We actually got back from a visit which we have to plan in the winter because now my husband and I are business owners. For anybody who just finds out that they’re pregnant, the most important thing is that you’re not alone and that there’s a lot of people that have gone through and are going through what you’re going through, and to take some time, accept what’s happened, and start looking at your options. The best part about contacting an adoption agency such as the Cradle is that it’s no pressure. They’re there to educate you on all of your decisions and they’re there to talk to you if you want to talk, but if you need some time they’ll give you that time. It’s all about the child and what’s best for the child and if you don’t have the means or the ability to raise the child, open adoption is definitely a good choice.