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I Just Found Out I am Pregnant – What Should I do Next?

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on November 15, 2018

Unexpected or unplanned pregnancy can shake you to your core – especially if you feel alone, unsupported, or pressured into aborting your baby. You are likely feeling all sorts of emotions; fear, confusion, anxiety, and more. There is help, hope and support out there – no matter your situation. Read the five steps recommended for women just finding out they are pregnant and not sure what to do next.

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Lutheran Family Service Celebrates Adoption Month by Expanding Services!

Adoption

Posted on November 7, 2018

Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services now offered in Central and Northern Illinois.

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Unexpected Pregnancy – Unsure and Experiencing Doubts

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on September 22, 2018

As a birth mother, there are many factors for you to consider, and it is important for you to know that you are not alone throughout those decisions.

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss – What Can I Do To Help?

Mental Health

Posted on October 3, 2017
by Tracy Stetzel

The loss of a baby is almost always unforeseen. Despite medical advances, nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or still birth. (www.nationalshare.org) Most of us feel helpless and unsure of what to say to couples who have lost a child this way. We can, however, learn more about the […]

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A True, Chilling, LFS Christmas Story

Adoption

Posted on November 20, 2016

This is a true story of one woman’s experience at Lutheran Family Service. It has been our privilege to get to know Diane during the past year and we share her story with you today with identifying details changed and with her permission.   Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday in 1966. Like every other […]

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I’m Pregnant and Freaking Out!

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on June 21, 2016
by Audrey Winterhof

An unexpected pregnancy can turn your world upside down. Reach out and let us help you create a loving parenting or adoption plan for you and your child.

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To Hold Your Baby or Not

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on May 18, 2016
by Kim Laube

Once You’ve Decided to Place Your Baby for Adoption There have been several women I’ve assisted who determine not to have contact with their child once he or she is born if they have planned a semi-open or closed adoption.  Generally speaking they have two reasons for making that choice. First, and foremost, the women […]

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3 Most Common Fears of Women Considering Placing their Child for Adoption

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on April 21, 2016
by Kim Laube

“What will my child think of me when they are older?  Will they hate me for not being a mother to them?” I have fielded countless numbers of calls from adult adoptees who are seeking to reconnect with their birth mothers.  I act as an intermediary between the adoptee and the birth parent they are […]

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What Kind of Woman Allows Her Child to be Adopted??

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on February 22, 2016
by Kim Laube

Selfless, insightful, courageous and hopeful are all words that come to mind as I think about the women I’ve had the honor of serving for the past ten years who placed a child for adoption.  Most of them do not see these attributes in themselves. As a matter of fact, most of them use terms […]

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