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Hospital Adoption: Giving Baby Up at the Hospital

Adoption can happen in a lot of different ways. Some expectant mothers know right away that parenting isn’t an option, and they create an adoption plan early in their pregnancy. Others mom may need more time to know what the right course of action is. It’s very possible that right up until birth, the best choice is still unclear.

You may find yourself in this situation. If so, you’re probably wondering if mothers can choose adoption at the hospital. The answer is yes, you can.

Hospital adoptions happen more often than you might imagine. Adoption agencies have procedures in place for this type of adoption. Even though it may be sped up much more than a typical domestic infant adoption, there is a process for giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital.

What is the Process for Giving a Baby Up for Adoption at the Hospital?

The first thing to do is call 1-800-ADOPTION and speak to an adoption specialist about how to give a baby up for adoption in the hospital. It’s important to find a qualified, trustworthy adoption professional to work with. As a full-service, fully-licensed national adoption agency, American Adoptions can be that professional for you. Working with the right professional is the key to a safe, responsible hospital adoption.

The steps in a hospital adoption resemble any other adoption. The biggest difference is the speed of the process — this can happen as quickly as you are comfortable with.

Step 1: Making Sure Adoption Is Right for You

It’s important to take time upfront to make sure adoption is the best option for you and your baby. The hospital stay can be an emotional roller coaster, and this is a life-changing decision. Only you can know what’s best for you, and it is your decision to make. Taking the time to consider all of the factors and outcomes of choosing adoption will help you feel confident in your choice, whatever that may be.

Step 2: Creating an Adoption Plan

Once you know that adoption is right for you, you will create a hospital adoption plan. When you call 1-800-ADOPTION, you will be put in touch with an adoption specialist who can guide you through the adoption process. Creating this plan involves things like:

When you give a baby up for adoption at the hospital, you are in charge of your adoption plan. You call the shots, and your adoption specialist will ensure you’re making the best choices.

Step 3: Finding an Adoptive Family

Your adoption specialist will assemble a group of adoptive family profiles for you to look at. These will be families who match the description of what you are looking for, and each family would be overjoyed at the opportunity to adopt your baby.

This is one of the most important choices in a hospital adoption. You love your baby, and you want the best life possible for them. With American Adoptions’ national network of hopeful adoptive parents, you can be sure you’ll find amazing parents for your baby. Many birth mothers say they “just knew” when they were looking at the right adoptive family profile.

Step 4: Placement of the Child

When you choose a family, your adoption specialist will contact them to let them know about the adoption opportunity. As quickly as possible, they will travel to you. Depending on what you decided in your hospital adoption plan, you may interact with the family when they arrive, or you may not meet them in person.

When the time comes, you will give official consent to the adoption and your baby will be placed with the adoptive family. This can be a difficult time, but you can be confident that you are making a selfless decision that will give your baby an opportunity to have an amazing life. Still, it’s expected that you will feel some challenging emotions during this process. Counseling and support services will be available to you at no cost, if you would like.

Step 5: Post-Placement

When you give a baby up for adoption at the hospital, goodbye doesn’t have to be forever. The majority of domestic infant adoptions today are at least semi-open. This means that, depending on the choices in your hospital adoption plan, you will have the opportunity to maintain contact with the adoptive family and your baby post-placement. This contact can range from photo and letter updates to in-person visits. It all depends on what you want in your adoption.

Maintaining contact through open adoption is healthy for you, the adoptive parents and your child. An open adoption can help a child understand that your decision came from a place of love, and that you only did what was best for them. This positive perspective on their adoption story can be invaluable as a child grows and begins to form a sense of identity.

For you as the mother, open adoption creates the opportunity to see your child thrive. You can move forward in your own life while knowing that your baby is being cared for and loved. This helps many birth mothers feel confident in their adoption decision.

You may have more questions about how to give a baby up for adoption in the hospital, or you may be ready to begin your hospital adoption today. Either way, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time to speak with an adoption specialist. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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