Parenting might feel like an impossible choice. Maybe you think you’re too young or worried about a lack of support or financial resources. All of these concerns are understandable. But the good news is that many women in your situation have decided to parent and found it the best decision they could have made.

should I parent?

Deciding whether to parent is a complex process with many factors. To help you get started, think through your answers to the following questions:

  • How will I feel if I choose not to parent?
  • How might I feel if I choose to parent?
  • What might my life look like if I parent?
  • Do I have the support of my family or partner? If not, where can I find support?
  • Do I have financial stability? If not, where can I find help?
  • Is it possible to accomplish my goals while parenting?

While these questions won’t give you all the answers, they can help you start to think through what parenting might look like in your situation.

Would I Be a Good Parent?

No matter your age or financial situation, you can be a good parent—and resources are available to help. At FirstLook, we offer free educational courses that can help you feel empowered as a parent and in your life. 

Are Resources Available to Help Me Parent?

Parenting can be complex, but it’s easier when you have help. If you’re wondering whether resources can help you parent, the answer is yes!

At FirstLook, we are a community partner with Medicaid. This means that we can help you apply for or manage your benefits online. These benefits can provide financial and medical support.

We also offer community referrals for needs such as housing, material items, and more. 

What If I’m Still In High School?

Parenting is still an option if you’re in high school. In fact, many high schools have programs that are specially designed to support parents and help them graduate. 
If you’re still in high school and considering parenting, we can help you learn about the support and resources that are available specifically for women in your situation. 


You’re Not Alone

While there’s a lot to consider when deciding whether parenting is right for you, we’re here to help. Contact us today to be connected to our caring team and access our free pregnancy and parenting resources.