All of the decision making, planning, educating and preparing all lead up to the very emotional day of the hospital stay.
While it's common for women in your situation to worry about this upcoming day, the more you are able to prepare and plan ahead, the more confident you will feel.
This is why your social worker will work closely with you to develop an "adoption hospital plan."
Having an hospital birth plan set before you go into labor tells the adoptive family, the adoption agency and the hospital staff exactly what you want the hospital visit to look like. This enables everyone, especially you, to focus solely on the birth of your baby, as your wishes will already be known.
Similar to your adoption plan, you are also in complete control of your adoption hospital plan. You will have a number of questions to consider, including:
You will begin talking about the hospital plan with your Adoption Specialist early on in the adoption process, but it is likely you won’t have a finalized hospital plan until a month from the delivery, as your preferences may change.
For example, during the match you will most likely become more and more comfortable with the adoptive family, and you may later decide that you do in fact want them in the delivery room with you, when previously that may have seemed uncomfortable.
Throughout your pregnancy and the adoption process, your Adoption Specialist will help you make your hospital plan. Call 1-800-ADOPTION for more information about the hospital plan, or fill out the following form for more adoption information.
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