Deciding to Parent

Deciding to parent a child can feel intimidating and may come with challenges, but it also comes with many joys and rewards. This journey looks different for every mom whether you decide to co-parent, choose single parenting, get married, or parent with the help of a family member or friend.

“Making the decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ― Elizabeth Stone, author

The organization ZERO TO THREE conducted a study with 2,200 parents and found that...

  1. 91% say parenting is their greatest joy.

  2. 70% say they feel their life started when they became a parent.

  3. 90% of dads say being a parent is their greatest joy.

  4. 73% say their lives began when they became a dad.

Students for Life of America's Standing With You Initiative offers many resources that can help guide and support the decision to parent, including connections to material resources and parenting classes. Click here to view the resources and reach out to our Standing With You team for further help.