For many expectant women, placing their baby with an adoptive parent(s), can be the most difficult decision they ever have to make. There are many reasons why a woman may choose adoption, but ultimately it is a decision born out of love for the child, which no prospective adoptive parents should overlook. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the key factors looked for when placing their baby.
Often, birthparents are underserved during the adoption process. While studies have been conducted regarding the adoptees and there are many resources available to adoptees, there aren’t many resources available to birthparents, who might face difficulty after the adoption.
Placing a child for adoption with a family could be one of the most emotional events in a woman’s life. Despite that, there still are not many post-placement services and supports available to birthmothers. After placing a child for adoption, you need to take care of yourself, so here is a guide for practicing self-care following an adoption.
There’s also no reason to feel uncertain. Trust in your body, it knows what to do. Also, follow these steps to ensure a healthy, worry-free pregnancy.
There is a lot of time and effort put into placing your baby with the right family. You’ve gone over profile after profile till finally you have your choices narrowed down. It can be a huge relief to have this part behind you, until you realize now it is time to meet.
Try not to let this get you too stressed. Remember that this part of adoption is nerve-wracking for everyone. Here are a few tidbits of insight to help you prepare for your first meeting.
Adoption is a very emotional time for everyone involved, especially birthmothers. There are emotional ups and downs every step of the way. It can sometimes be confusing and frustrating to try dealing with so many different emotions, but it is important to remember that it is all normal. Continue reading
Depression can be absolutely debilitating. There are many different types of depression, and post-partum depression is one very prevalent form that has only recently been given the attention it deserves. Post-partum depression can affect any birthmom up to 12 months after giving birth, regardless of whether they have experienced prior depression in their lifetime. It is critical to understand this disease to be better equipped in treating it.
As the time grows near for a birthmother to deliver her baby, she may in some cases experience some anxiety about the birth. Even with counseling and birthing classes, fear of the unknown is inevitable and can cause undue worry even in a pregnancy that has been otherwise uneventful. An adoption birth plan can help alleviate some of those fears by giving you a plan for you, the hospital staff, and the adoptive parents to adhere to. Below are some things to keep in mind as you create your birth plan.
Adoption facilitators offer an incredibly useful service; they specialize in making the initial connection between a birthmother and an adoptive family, using a number of tools to help ensure you find the right fit. They may use questionnaires, counseling, interviews, and more to help determine which birthmother and adoptive family are likely to make a good fit for each other. However, because facilitators are not licensed or regulated beyond basic business regulations, some states restrict their use.
Adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents often have a lot to say about adoption privacy laws. Some believe one side or the other deserves complete privacy, while others argue that adoptees deserve to know who their birth family is. Adoption laws are currently undergoing quite a few changes, which can make it difficult for those involved to know what their options are. Below are some of the current conditions to keep in mind.