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How to Create a Connection With the Family You Chose

Once you choose adoptive parents for your baby, you’ll move forward in what’s called an adoption “match.” Through modern adoption, you have options on how you’d like to communicate with them throughout your pregnancy.

You’ll be part of each other’s lives for many years to come, so we encourage you to get to know the adoptive parents you’ve picked. Doing so can make you feel positive and confident in your decision.

Today, Lifetime Adoption Agency is sharing 4 effective ways to connect with the adoptive couple:

Birth mother chats on the phone with adoptive family

By Talking on the Phone

We want your adoption match to be a cooperative (and conversational) journey between you and the adoptive parents. Talking with the adoptive couple on the phone allows you to create a two-way conversation where you can share your wishes. Not sure what to say when you only talk with the adoptive couple on the phone? You might share about your pregnancy, how involved you’d like to be in your child’s future, and what you want for your child as they grow up. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime is here to help you during this process.

By Emailing or Texting Back & Forth

Are you intimidated at the thought of talking on the phone with the couple? You might try starting out by emailing or texting back and forth with them. Think of it like this: you’re getting to know a new friend, and you share one of the most important people in your lives in common.

By Seeing Them In Person

Lifetime recommends having a face-to-face meeting with the adoptive couple. Visiting with them will make all of you feel more comfortable and familiar with each other. Meeting up allows you to see that they care about you, not just your baby. Choose to meet in a casual, public location to start, so there’s no pressure. “I’m so glad I met up with my daughter Hailey’s adoptive parents before giving birth! It allowed me to feel much more comfortable with them once the time came to deliver her,” says one birth mother, Jessica.

Birth mother in the hospital

During Your Hospital Stay

In open adoptions, many adoptive families wish to be at the hospital when their baby is born. But it’s totally up to you whether or not they’re allowed in the delivery room. Some birth mothers decide to allow the adoptive mother to be present.

We recommend that you decide how your hospital stay will go down before you go into labor. Here a few things to think about for your hospital stay:

  • How much time do you want alone with your baby after he or she is born?
  • Would you like to have a family member or friend with you as support?
  • When it comes time to go home, would you like to leave before your child’s adoptive family, after, or at the same time?

Your Baby, Your Choices

You can decide how much contact you’d like to have with the adoptive couple before you give birth. If you’d like to have an open adoption with visits later on, try to take the time to get to know the adoptive family before your baby is born. Many birth mothers have shared with us that getting to know the adoptive couple made them feel more confident in their decision. It allowed them to realize that this was the right family for their baby.

Lifetime is always here for you to talk to about your baby, the process, any concerns you have, and so much more.

Just call or text us at 1-800-923-6784.

How to Find Great Prenatal Care in a Hurry

If you’re pregnant and aren’t seeing a doctor yet, know that Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida can help you! Getting medical attention while you’re pregnant (also known as prenatal care) is important to yours and your baby’s health. Even if you’ve already had a kid, it’s good to get all the care you need during this pregnancy. After all, not every pregnancy is the same.

Even if you don’t have insurance, you can apply for Medicaid. Let Lifetime know if you need help signing up for state-funded health insurance. In some cases, pregnant women are able to apply for emergency Medicaid. Then, you’d be able to see a doctor right away.

You can find OB-GYN doctors in your area by searching online or in your local Yellow Pages. Search for things like “women’s health care”, “obstetrics,” or “gynecology” along with the name of the city you live in. Or, you can search for local doctors by going to Superpages.com and typing in your town or city.

Are you having trouble getting to your doctor’s office? Just let us know, and we can help arrange transportation.

Your first visit to an OB-GYN will probably be longer than the others because there will be a lot of paperwork to complete. It may help you feel more comfortable to bring along someone who cares about you. If you already have kids, make sure to bring someone to watch them in the waiting room when you go in for your exam. After this first visit, you’ll be asked to come back every month for the first seven months of your pregnancy. As you get closer to your due date, they’ll have you coming in more often.

Do you have any questions about prenatal care and how to find it?

Just call or text Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784!

Choose Your Adoption Experience in the Hospital

Open adoption allows you many choices as a birth mother, including how things are handled at the hospital when you deliver. You will have many choices in your hospital experience, including who can be in the delivery room and who can see/hold your baby.

In this video, Adoption Expert Mardie Caldwell describes the variety of choices you have for your adoption experience in the hospital:

 

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If you have questions or concerns about making an adoption plan for your baby or child, please give us a call! Adoption Coordinators are standing by 24/7 to assist you; just give Lifetime Adoption a phone call at 1-800-923-6784.