An unplanned pregnancy can be an intense and overwhelming event, proving to be a life-changing experience. The guilt associated with this scenario can be devastating, but deciding to put your baby up for adoption also brings the feeling of peace, knowing your baby will be well taken care of.
It is integral, however, to be fully prepared to commit to adoption before beginning the adoption process. A good adoption agency can help you navigate through these feelings of uncertainty and help you through the steps to put your baby up for adoption.
Working with Adoption Professionals
Having a team of dedicated adoption professionals can ensure that your baby matches with the best family. They can help you understand the right available adoption options for pregnant women and counsel you regarding your decision.
The adoption professional can answer all of your adoption-related questions and help you through any concerns you might have. After deciding that you want to place your baby up for adoption, there is another important decision you have to make – whether you want an open or closed adoption.
Finding the Right Adoptive Family
Once all the formal processes are done, it will be time to find the ideal adoptive family for your unborn child. There are multiple amazing hopeful families waiting to start or grow their families and give the adopted child a full and happy life.
Finding the family through the agency ensures that all the potential parents have gone through a thorough screening and background checks to ensure they are stable and capable enough to give your baby the best life.
Learning more about the Adoptive Family
If you have decided on open adoption, where you can have contact with the baby after birth, you can start getting to know the family better. You and the family you pick can discuss the level of openness you both prefer. It can be anywhere from only sharing baby photos to phone calls and occasional visits. Many adoption experts believe open adoption is the best and healthiest decision for both parents and
the child. However, it is best to decide the level of contact based on the child’s best interests.
Establishing a Hospital Plan
Another major step during the adoption process is establishing a hospital plan with your adoption professional. The adoption plan will depend on your wants and needs, for instance, whether or not you want the adoptive family to contact you at the hospital, the time you want to spend with the baby after giving birth, and more.
Managing Post-Adoption Recovery
Once you have given birth and the baby has been given to the adoptive parents, you must focus on healing from experience. It is normal to go through multiple highs and lows as you recover from giving birth and put your child up for adoption.
It is significant to have the right support with you, whether it is family, friends, or a support group, to emotionally and mentally heal. The adoption counselor will recommend support groups and guide you on healing and gradually getting back to your normal routine.
Today’s adoption process gives the birth mother more control, making it possible for you to plan the adoption based on your needs and desires. Having the right adoption team with you makes this entire process easier, giving you the peace of mind that your baby has a loving family and a beautiful life ahead.