Birth Parents Blog

Parenting vs. Adoption: How Did I Decide?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 19, 2018

Today, we wanted to switch things up and let you hear from one of our birth moms!

In this guest blog post, she gives advice on how she came to realize that adoption was going to be the best choice for her:

"The decision of whether to make an adoption plan or to parent is without a doubt the toughest decision I've ever made in my life. I went through many sleepless nights and lots of thinking before I was finally able to see that adoption was the best decision. Not just for myself, but for my baby too given my situation. If I were to give anyone thinking about adoption any advice, it would be this...

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Topics: Open Adoption, How Does Adoption Work, parenting or adoption,, adoption or parenting, is adoption right for me

This Birth Mom’s Viral Video for Her Son Will Touch Your Heart

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 15, 2018

Hannah was 18 when she discovered she was pregnant. And after the death of her boyfriend, she decided to make an adoption plan for their baby boy. Just a few hours before the adoption became official, Hannah recorded a video for her son, letting him know that she will always love him. 

In her emotional video, which is featured on People Magazine’s website and The Today Show’s site, she says "I thought I would make this video for you instead of writing a letter because it's real and it’s in the moment."

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Topics: adoption video,, hospital preferences, letter to my birth child, birth child, birth mother videos, adoption experience in the hospital, contact with my baby

African American Couple from Florida Eager to Adopt!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 13, 2018

African American adoptive couple Samuel and Sabrina from Florida say, "The Lord has blessed our family with love and joy. Therefore, we desire to share this love with another child and to expand our family!" This family-oriented Christian couple have been happily married for over 17 years.

After facing years of infertility, Samuel and Sabrina were blessed to adopt their son, Jabari, when he was a newborn. He's now four years old, and is excited for a little brother or sister. Samuel and Sabrina both enjoy family gatherings, and believe in living a healthy, physical and spiritual lifestyle. 

They've made a cute video to introduce themselves and share more about what they have to offer your child.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this African American adoptive couple!

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Topics: African American adoption, Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, African American adoptive couple, Florida adoptive couple, Florida adoptive family

The Test is Positive...Now What?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2018

You've been feeling nauseous, your period was late, and you finally went out and bought a pregnancy test.

After nervously waiting the required three minutes, you held your breath and looked at the test. You prayed and demanded that the test have just one line. Your face became flushed as you saw the two lines screaming "positive" at you.

If you're reading this, then chances are this has happened to you! You're probably feeling super-overwhelmed right now. You might be feeling guilt, shock, and resentment. You might even be wondering "now what?"

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, missed period, positive pregnancy test, morning sickness

How to Be Honest With Your Baby's Father

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 9, 2018

Discovering that you’re pregnant when you're not ready to parent undoubtedly brings up lots of emotions. When it comes to your baby's father, you might be worried about how to tell him you're pregnant. If you're thinking about hiding the pregnancy from him and then hiding his identity during the adoption process, don't. Today, we're going to tell you why telling him you're pregnant is important.

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Topics: Baby's father, Adoption process, baby's dad, hiding my pregnancy

Bi-lingual Military Adoptive Couple Excited to Be First-Time Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 6, 2018

Orlando and Catheran are a bi-lingual couple who are active-duty with the military. They're excited to become first-time parents together, and have created this cute video to introduce themselves!

They look forward to sharing their interests with a child. Whether it's Catheran reading stories at bedtime or Orlando teaching skills around his workshop, your child will be introduced to many activities and encouraged to develop his or her own strengths and talents.

They're excited to adopt a boy or girl of any race and will welcome an open adoption, if you’d like. Orlando and Catheran
 promise to nurture and love your child unconditionally. If an open adoption is what you are hoping for, they'd love to talk about how that might look including letters, photos, skype calls and visits. They write, "We will cherish our family’s adoption story and raise your child to know you are special to us all."

Keep reading to learn about this outdoorsy adoptive couple who live in North Carolina!

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Topics: Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, Southern adoptive family, Military adoptive couple, bi-lingual adoptive couple

"How Much Contact Should I Have With My Baby After Delivery?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 2, 2018

Question: "I'm giving my baby up for adoption and I'm due any day now, so I'm trying to plan everything ahead of time.  It's making me really nervous. How much contact should I have with my baby after I deliver?"

Answer: The truth is, no one can tell you what’s right for you. Some birth moms want to hold their baby and look at him or her. Others feel that it'd be too hard, and choose not to have any contact at all. We'd like to share some tips with you today about how to decide!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Labor preparation, adopt out my baby, hospital preferences, adoption experience in the hospital, contact with my baby

Young Minnesota Family of 4 Eager to Adopt Again!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 30, 2017

Hopeful adoptive couple Paul and Britney have created this cute video to introduce themselves!

They're a young adoptive family of 4 looking to adopt again! They love to laugh, spend time with family, and travel. Paul and Britney love spending time at the lakes in Minnesota and traveling to the ocean! They look forward to sharing Jesus' love with their children, and giving them a good foundation so they know they can do great things! 

Paul and Britney promise to provide your child with a safe and supportive Christian home filled with unconditional love, laughter, and joy. They will always honor you as the birthparent and make sure that your child knows their adoption story. Paul and Britney are open to sending letters, pictures, artwork, and possible visits if that interests you.

Keep on reading to learn more about this young adoptive family from Minnesota!

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Topics: Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, adoptive couple from the Midwest, Minnesota adoptive family

The Best of This Blog: Top 10 Posts from 2017

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 29, 2017

In 2017, Lifetime's blog covered topics ranging from how to pick an adoptive family and how to know if adoption's right for you to birth mothers sharing their adoption stories. It's our goal to keep writing useful, quality content for readers like you in the new year!

Here are our top 10 posts of 2017:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Adoption for my child, older child adoption, maternity clothes, adoption for my baby, prenatal drug exposure, birth father rights, is it too late to choose adoption?, is it too late to do adoption?

How to Speak to Adoptive Parents for the First Time

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 26, 2017

It's hard to know for sure if the adoptive couple you like are the right ones. Speaking with them can help you decide.

At the end of the day, their adoption profile can only tell you so much about them. What you can’t get from a profile is the feeling behind what they’ve written. By being able to ask them questions directly, you’re able to get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.

Keep reading to get Lifetime's tips on what to ask adoptive parents when you talk to them for the first time!

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Topics: Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, family to adopt my baby