Questions to Consider
Being a good parent can take a lot of planning, and begins even during pregnancy. A woman or couple can take steps during pregnancy to prepare for a new addition to the family. Here are some initial questions a woman can ask herself to assist her in thinking about the future:
Family and Support
- If she is single, is marrying the father a possibility? Why or why not?
- What type of support could the father of the baby provide?
- Will his family be involved or be additional support?
- How could her family help?
- Is she prepared to care for herself during pregnancy?
- Who can support her emotionally?
The Woman’s Situation
- How will pregnancy and parenting affect her job/career?
- What are the goals she has for herself?
- How can she continue toward her goals and make a life for herself and her child?
- Will her living situation be healthy for a baby?
Financial and Medical Considerations
- Does she have appropriate medical insurance? What will her insurance cover?
- What financial adjustments will need to be made?
- Would she consider applying for WIC, Medicaid and other government programs that cover the cost of many medical services and supplies.
- Who can she call for more information about local resources?
- Has she researched resources in her area that can provide parenting support and supplies?
She can meet with a pregnancy counselor at the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic to discuss services available for pregnant and parenting women/couples. She can call for an appointment [360.671.9057] or stop in between 9:00am-5:00pm M-F.