You’re finally in a place in your life where you want to start a family. Perhaps you’ve just recently gotten married, in a committed relationship, or decided that your biological clock is ticking. Whatever reason you’ve decided to enter into parenthood, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Though most parents would agree that having their children was one of the best things that ever happen to them, being responsible for a child is a huge transition and you want to make sure you are prepared.
Are You Both on Board?
It takes a village to raise a child and at the heart of that village are the parents. As a couple, it is important that you have a conversation about your readiness to take on this role together. If both parties aren’t on board, as sweet as having a baby is, it can cause conflict in your relationship. The increased responsibilities will change all aspects of your life and it is imperative to make sure that you and your partner are prepared for this.
If you’re single and still interested in starting a family, the same question applies, are you ready? Have you done research on the challenges of single parenting? Do you have friends and family that will support you in raising the child?
What Are Your Options?
Though getting pregnant the old-fashioned way tends to be the most common option when starting a family, it is not your only option. If you and/or your partner are not able to conceive naturally, you’re single, or you’re a same-sex couple, you may have to look into other ways to start your family. Here are a few:
- IUI – This is a method where egg development is stimulated and the collected semen is injected into the uterus to promote conception. (This can be done as a couple or with a donor or surrogate) Your doctor, gynecologist, or fertility specialists can provide more details.
- IVF – This procedure is when the eggs are retrieved and combined with the semen outside of the uterus and then placed back into the uterus for fertilization and conception. (This too can be done as a couple or with a donor or surrogate)
- Adoption – Another option would be to consider adopting a newborn. You can click here to learn more about the adoption process.
Are Your Finances Intact?
Not only does raising a child take a lot of your time but it will also require a significant amount of money. Are you financially prepared to raise a child? If you don’t have much in savings, a ton of debt, few assets, and a low salary job, adding the care of a child to your budget may not be a wise decision. As you want to make sure that you’re able to provide your children with everything from a comfortable home, food, and clothes to education, healthcare, and other expenses, it is ideal that you tighten up your finances.
Starting a family is a very joyous and rewarding experience, however, it comes with great responsibility. In order to ensure that you and/or your partner are able to provide a child with the type of loving, stable, and caring environment that it needs it is important to get informed. Asking yourself the above-mentioned questions and others will help you decide how and when starting a family is best for you.