Birth Mother Question: I am about to go into labor in the next few weeks. Can you explain the adoption process at the hospital?
If you go into labor and have not yet selected a family, don’t worry. Together we can create an adoption plan in a matter of hours. We have wonderful families that are ready to go on a moment’s notice.
The key thing to know is that you can still chose a great family and the baby will not be without adoptive parents. It is never too late to create an adoption plan that meets all of your expectations and requirements. If you have selected a family prior to going into labor, then we will already have created a detailed hospital plan and all arrangements will have been made. In most open adoptions, the delivery of the child is a beautiful coming together of the birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) to bring the child into the world together.
Most adopted children today get to grow up hearing about their beautiful adoption story and birth from adoptive parents who where selected by their birth mother and were involved in pregnancy and birth. The key thing to know is that all birth mothers have full control over how much contact they want with the baby and the adoptive couple in the hospital. You are able to have anyone you want with you at all times for support. Some birth mothers are concerned about confidentiality. If this is the case, we can arrange for you to have a private room and keep your delivery and the adoption completely private.
Also, no adoption paperwork can be signed until after discharge. This is nice because the hospital experience is your time to bring the baby into the world and recover from the delivery. The baby can be discharged to the adoptive couple straight from the hospital. The actual adoption paperwork will not take place until after you are discharged from the hospital and confirm that you wish to place the child with the family you have selected.