b. Social Implications. These implications indicate the reaction of the news by
his peers. Will the pregnancy force an early marriage? If married to someone else,
how will this affect that relationship?
c. Psychological Response.
May question whether he is the father.
(2) May experience a sense of loss or grief if he cannot be involved with the
child. In some states, adoption without his consent may be allowed.
May experience anger from the girl, her or his parents.
May affect his relationship with another female.
4-10. FACTORS AFFECTING THE PARENTS OF THE UNWED MOTHER
The parents of the unwed mother and father are also important. They may be
concerned with the following reactions/emotions:
a. Rejection or neglect from family or friends.
b. May feel exposed to judgmental attitudes of medical and nursing personnel
over how they could have let this happen.
c. May feel guilty for what happened.
d. May face financial burden, especially if they decide to keep or adopt the child.
e. May face a permanent loss of a grandchild if the child is given up for
f. May face loss of relationship with their child as a result of the decision made.
4-11. SPECIAL NEEDS OF SIBLINGS
The response of siblings to pregnancy varies with
age and dependence needs. Open communication with
siblings will be very beneficial. Inform the parents to:
a. Prepare children for the arrival of the newborn.
(1) Consider ages and personalities when
talking with children.