After years of struggling with infertility, adoptive parents Karen and Terence were ready to pursue a domestic adoption. When they signed up with AdoptHelp, Karen noted that “pregnancy lasts nine months, but motherhood lasts a lifetime.” Emily’s birth mother was six months into her pregnancy when she chose Karen and Terence to be the adoptive parents. The birth mother lived in New York and Karen and Terence lived in California. Although many miles separated them, they stayed in contact throughout the pregnancy and became very close. Karen and Terence flew out to New York several days prior to the baby’s due date so that they could visit with Emily’s birth mother. Indeed, they shared a lot of quality time together since the baby arrived many days after her due date. Karen and Terence were in the delivery room to welcome Emily into the world and Karen even cut Emily’s umbilical cord.