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Are You Ready for Parenthood?

The decision to bring a child into the world should be one of the most important choices you make and should be considered carefully well before you conceive. A baby will bring immeasurable changes to your and your partner's lives. Here are a few things to consider to help you determine whether having a baby is right for you, right now.

Marriage/Relationship

  • Do we have a stable, loving marriage/relationship?

  • Do we share similar philosophies/beliefs on raising a child?

  • What are our expectations of one another once we have a child?

  • How will having another child affect the other sibling(s)?

Timing

  • Is this a "good" time to have a baby? Should we wait until our lives are less stressful?

  • Can my partner and/or I take leave from work or school?

  • Will I be able to get help if I need it?

  • Will I be able to maximize my health insurance deductible if needed?

Finances

  • Can we afford a child? Do we have the income needed to raise a child?

  • Do we need to purchase additional health insurance coverage for our child?

  • What would the financial impact be if one of us decided to not return to work, or work only part-time?

  • How much would a nanny or child-care provider/center cost?

Health

  • Are we in good general health? Are there any medical conditions or age-related factors to consider for me or my partner?

  • Are there any medical/dental procedures, surgeries or vaccinations we need to complete before becoming pregnant?

  • Are there any habits my partner or I need to change or stop before becoming pregnant (smoking, drinking, use of recreational or certain prescription drugs, caffeine, etc.)?

  • Does our doctor recommend any medical procedures before becoming pregnant (including genetic screening, fertility tests, etc.)?


 

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