Once the decision has been made that I want to give my baby up for adoption, there are certain steps that should be followed in order to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy as well as a smooth adoption process.
Step 1 – Medical Care
It is essential to make an appointment with a medical doctor or OB/GYN to confirm the pregnancy, stage of pregnancy and to look for any complications or problems that may be present. Regular appointments should be kept throughout the pregnancy to ensure the health and well-being of both mother and baby. Inform your doctor that you want to give my baby for adoption.
Step 2 – Adoption Professional
You need to get into contact with an adoption agency or professional to find out about the adoption process and the requirements. Although you may already have chosen adoption, there are many other decisions that will need to be made that will impact you and the child now and in the future.
Step 3 – Choosing A Type Of Adoption
There are basically 3 types of adoption to choose from – closed, open and semi-open. A closed adoption will mean that you will have no contact with the child or adoptive parents after birth and finalization of the adoption process. An open adoption will allow you to have contact with both the adoptive parents and child after the birth. A semi-open adoption will make provision for contact on a contractual basis that is acceptable to the adoptive parents and to the birth mother.
Step 4 – The Adoption Plan
Your adoption professional will assist you in making a plan for the adoption. The plan will include factors such as financial arrangements such as who will pay for your medical and living expenses while you are pregnant.
Step 5 – Choosing A Family
Although you are not required to choose the adoptive family, you can choose to interview prospective adoptive parents and select your preference.
Step 6 – Delivery Plan
Your doctor and hospital will assist your with a delivery plan for your baby. This plan will include factors like whether the baby will be delivered by C-section or natural birth and whether you want pain relief or not. It is important to inform the hospital that you have chosen adoption.
Step 7 – Preparing For Birth And Relinquishment
It is important to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the birth process as well as giving up the baby. This can be quite a difficult time for you and you may doubt your choice. Your adoption specialist will provide you with the necessary support to ease the process.