LEADER BUILDING MEN
FEAR OR NO FEAR
At LIFEBRIDGE we provide education and advisory services in the areas of pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. LB Men provides men the opportunity to find perspective, build stamina and develop foundations that they can build on. Find a place where you belong and will be challenged to go beyond where you imagined possible as a Man, Partner, Father and Leader.
SHE'S PREGNANT...NOW WHAT?
Your girlfriend, wife or partner has just told you that she's pregnant or thinks she is. Too often the "guy" has been characterized as someone who fails to accept responsibility, only offers ultimatums, or simply leaves town. That stereotype is only accurate if you fail to step up to the plate and play an active role in learning about all the options you have in this situation.
At LIFEBRIDGE, there are Advisers, men to talk to who understand how challenging this time is for you. They won't judge you, preach to you or make you feel guilty. They want to help you work through the questions, concerns, and maybe even fears that you might have about being a father.
Right now it is important for you to consider these things:
The situation involves more than just you - it involves your partner and your baby.
Your partner needs your support now more than ever. She may be carrying the baby, but you are BOTH parents, and regardless of your relationship in the future you will have to work this out together.
Express yourself honestly. It's normal to have feelings of anger, frustration, and fear, but make sure she knows she is not alone.
Learn about your options. Get all the information you need to make an informed decision. As a guy, you may not know a lot about pregnancy and how it affects women or what an abortion is and the risks associated with it.
It may be hard finding your footing after hearing the news. Thoughts and feeling coarse through you, wreaking havoc. Fight or flight kicks in as you process the information. Find the help you need to address the questions & issues and the strength to make the hard decisions. You will also find help through additional resources and referrals.
of all children live in father-absent homes
(More than 17 million children in America)
GET THE FACTS
WHEN FATHERS ARE ABSENT
of all high school dropouts are from father-absent homes
of all homeless/runaway children
of all youth sucides
experience early parenthood / teen pregnancy
WHEN FATHERS ARE INVOLVED
less likely to be expelled from school
less likely to experience teen pregnancy
less likely to spend time in jail
more likely to go to college