If you think you may be pregnant, the first step is to take a pregnancy test. If your home pregnancy tests show you are pregnant, follow up by going to a local health centre and consulting with a healthcare provider to confirm the results and discuss your options going forward.
If you are pregnant, you have the options below to think about. Reading and learning about each one will help you get the facts and may help you decide. Deciding what to do with an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy is an important decision and only you can decide what is best for you. Women often find it helpful to talk it through with someone else. You may choose to talk with your partner or a trusted family member or friend. Pick someone you think will be supportive.
Keep the Pregnancy
If you choose to keep an unplanned pregnancy, weigh it well. Raising a child is hard work!
If, for health reasons, itis determined by a healthcare provider that you cannot carry the pregnancy to full term without endangering your own health or life, seek advice from a healthcare provider conerning options available to you.
Child adoption is legal in Nigeria. However, Nigerian adoption laws are complex and vary from state to state.
Kinship care refers to raising of children by grandparents, uncles, aunties or other relatives or close family friends because the biological parents are either unwilling or unable to do so.
Foster Care & Parenting
Foster care is a system in which a child/minor is placed into a duly certified and registered home (which could be government, mission or provate owed). These homes are largely called "motherless babies home" or "orphanages." The caregivers are often referred to as "foster parents".