Taylor, age 17, California
A minor placing baby up for adoption: Taylor’s story.
My name is Taylor. I’m 17 and I’m a birth mother.
This experience has changed my life. It has changed me as a person and made me open my eyes and realize so many things. I found out I was pregnant 6 months into my pregnancy and should have known that missing my period was the first sign, but I overthink everything. At first, I thought it was one of those situations where I overreacted. But clearly I was wrong.
My first thought was “I can’t keep the baby.”
And the other was “my mom is gonna kill me.” It took me two weeks to tell my mom in a letter because I’m not very good at confrontation. She helped me find an abortion clinic, and my appointment was scheduled for February 22nd. When I got my ultrasound that morning, the technician sighed and looked at me and said, “You’re 26 weeks. I’m so sorry sweetie.” And I cried. My life was about to be turned upside down.
I cried because I was relieved that I couldn’t have the abortion.
Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with myself if I had actually had an abortion. I was so relieved I cried when I found out it was too late to have an abortion. And then my mom kicked me out for two weeks while things calmed down a bit at the house. But those two weeks were the worst. My dad’s family was not supportive of me putting the baby up for adoption. So I went to my mom’s parents’ house and was supported non-stop. I can’t thank them enough for that. My mom googled “adoption agencies” and found Megan. And every day I’m thankful for Megan.
I found a beautiful family to raise the baby as their very own.
I met with them as soon as possible and from that moment I knew this was supposed to happen. You always heard everything happens for a reason. And I didn’t believe it up until now. I had a healthy baby boy May 24th. Luckily I continue to get close to the adoptive family and get updates often which makes the emotional processing so much easier. Surprisingly enough, having these updates have made it easier for me to let go.
Thank you, Megan. You have changed my life for the better and I’m forever grateful.