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Keeping Your Baby

If you have decided to keep the baby as a single mother or with your partner, prenatal care for yourself and the baby is important.

There are a variety of informal and formal supportive agencies in your community that can help you now and after the baby is born. One of the programs in Halton is Halton Healthy Babies Healthy Children.

How do you know if parenting is right for you?

Parenting as a single parent or with your partner may be right for you if:

  • You believe that you are ready to assume the responsibility of being a parent.
  • You can accept the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, labour and delivery and childcare.
  • You can consider the feelings of your partner and your family but ultimately understand that a pregnancy option decision belongs to you.
  • You are willing to consider the child's needs for the next 18 years.
  • You are willing to learn and practice parenting skills.
  • You have discussed your need for support with those who care about you.
  • You can arrange the necessary finances to care for yourself and the child including medical, food, clothing and housing.

The Health Department Sexual Health Clinics offer free and confidential counselling regarding all pregnancy options.