Many women today are having their babies alone, by choice or because the baby's father is unable or unwilling to be with them. Others have the support of the expectant father but have decided not to marry. My goal in providing the information in this chapter is to give you a foundation for seeking answers to questions about your particular situation. I feel comfortable discussing some of the medical and emotional aspects of such a pregnancy because I have been asked many questions about them before.
I do not answer the questions in the second half of this chapter because they concern legal matters I am not qualified to address. However, I include them because this situation has legal ramifications. I hope you will use this set of questions to formulate discussion points about your personal situation to talk over with your attorney, a patient advocate, a hospital social worker, your healthcare provider or family members.