Birth Parents Blog

Loving Louisiana Couple Excited to Expand Family Through Adoption!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 17, 2018

Hopeful adoptive couple Alan and Kacie have just created this cute slide show video to share more about themselves and their dreams to expand their family through adoption!

Alan and Kacie have been married for over 13 years, and have a four-year-old son. They enjoy the outdoors, tailgating with family and friends, and attending games. Alan works in Electrical and Kacie's an Insurance Agent.

Alan and Kacie promise to love your child unconditionally, and to openly share their adoption story with him or her. They're open to sharing letters, pictures, and occasional visits if you're comfortable with that. 

Keep on reading to learn more about this hopeful adoptive family in Louisiana!

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5 Birth Mothers Share Why They Love Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 16, 2018

Open adoption today is so different from how adoption worked decades ago. With an open, modern adoption plan, you're in the driver's seat. You're in control: you can choose your baby's adoptive parents, how things go at the hospital, and the amount of contact you'd like to have in the future. 

Today, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what open adoption is like! We're sharing what five birth mothers say they love about open adoption. We've removed everyone's names for privacy.

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Topics: Open Adoption, choosing adoption for my baby, modern adoption, adoption is love

As a Birth Father, Do I Have a Say in the Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 13, 2018

Is your girlfriend pregnant, and just told you she's going to place your baby for adoption? Or maybe you're married, struggling to make ends meet, and your wife has announced she's making an adoption plan. No matter your situation, you're probably wondering, "do I have a say in the adoption?"

The answer is a definite "yes"! Lifetime encourages birth fathers to get involved in the adoption planning process. Keep reading to learn the choices and rights you have as a birth father with modern adoption!

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Topics: Baby's father, baby's dad, birth father, birth father rights

Experienced Adoptive Couple in Louisiana Hope to Adopt Again!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 10, 2018

Hopeful adoptive couple Jon and Sally have just created this cute video to introduce themselves!

They were blessed to adopt their daughter, and are excited to grow their family again with the adoption of a son or a sibling group! Jon and Sally look forward to sharing their love of travel, biking, and adventures with your child. He's an officer in the Army, and she's a Physical Therapist Assistant. They were high school sweethearts, and have been married for 18 years.

Jon and Sally promise to provide your son with unconditional love, educational opportunities, and to raise him in a Christian home. They are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits if you are comfortable. 

Keep on reading to learn more about this experienced adoptive family in Louisiana!

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Post-Adoption Support, Healing, and Hope

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 9, 2018

Your adoption story doesn’t just end after you leave the hospital or when the adoption becomes final. Adoption is a lifelong journey that's just starting now.

While it'll take a few weeks to recover physically from giving birth, the emotional recovery can be a whole other story. Many birth mothers find that the first few weeks are very difficult. Emotions are raw, and the feelings of grief are intense.

It’s totally normal to feel sad after your adoption plan happens, and your child is with their adoptive family. Today, Lifetime is sharing a general timeline of what to expect in the first year after placement. Keep in mind that every woman's experience with adoption is going to be different; no two grieving processes are the same.

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Topics: counseling pregnancy, adoption counseling, Adoption process, Give up my baby, adoption for my baby, adoption placement

How to Choose the Right Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 6, 2018

If you're pregnant and not ready to become a mom but want to be sure that your child has every chance at a wonderful and happy life, adoption may be best. One of the first steps with making an adoption plan is looking for adoptive parents for your baby that are the type of family you'd like for your child.

You might be wondering 'just how exactly do I find the right adoptive parents?'  Today, Lifetime's giving you tips on how to choose the right adoptive parents; ones who fit your dreams for your baby’s future!

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Topics: Adoption for my child, picking an adoptive family, adoptive couple for my baby, picking an adoptive couple, adoptive parents for my baby

Colorado Adoptive Couple Excited to Be First-time Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 3, 2018

Jeff and Erin are a couple looking to adopt in Colorado and are so excited to become first-time parents! They are a loving and fun Christian couple who feel strongly that they've been called to adopt. Jeff owns an upholstery business and Erin's a Special Ed teacher. Check out this sweet adoption video they've created!

They are open to letters, pictures, and visits! Jeff and Erin enjoy road trips, trying out new restaurants, and rooting for each other's football teams (Jeff's a Bears fan and Erin is a Broncos fan.)

Keep reading to learn more about Jeff and Erin, hopeful first-time parents in Colorado!

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Topics: Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video

20 Questions You Should Ask At Your Hospital Tour

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2018

Getting ready for your baby's delivery is emotionally and physically challenging. And when you've made an adoption plan, things can get really overwhelming. The good news is that you can calm some of your jitters by taking a hospital tour for pregnancy where you plan to deliver at.

A hospital tour for pregnancy pays off in many ways. You’ll be able to meet some of the staff who will be helping you during your hospital stay. Many women find it reassuring to see a familiar face when their contractions are getting intense!

Plus, it's nice to be able to talk to the hospital's social worker about your adoption plan ahead of time, and share how'd like your birth plan to go. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will be supporting you, too: she'll get in touch with the hospital around six weeks before your due date, to find out how their process works and provide the necessary paperwork.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 20 hospital tour questions you might ask. Whether or not you ask all of these questions depends on your adoption hospital plan and your level of openness, but they'll definitely give you an idea of how you want things to go. 

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Topics: hospital preferences, adoption experience in the hospital, preparing for labor

Are You a Birth Mom Who Wants to Further Your Education?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 30, 2018

Going back to school to further your education can be a daunting task for anyone, especially if you've just completed an adoption plan for your child. No matter if it's only been a few semesters since you were in school, or if you're going back after years of a hiatus, the whole process can seem overwhelming.

Maybe you had to put off your education due to being pregnant. Don't give up, always try and achieve your dreams. 

Today, we're sharing 4 tips with you about going back to school, AND information on a scholarship that's specifically for birth moms!

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Topics: scholarship, adoption scholarship, scholarships for birth mothers, birth mother scholarships

Pair of Quirky Scientists Excited to be First-time Parents Through Adoption!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 27, 2018

Seth and Shana are a pair of quirky scientists excited to be first-time parents through adoption! This couple looking to adopt lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where Seth works as a Laboratory Manager and Shana's a Forensic Chemist. Check out this sweet adoption video they've created!

They know the value of a great education and promise to support and encourage your child to follow their dreams. Seth and Shana look forward to sharing pictures, letters and to planning visits with you.

Keep reading to learn more about Seth and Shana, hopeful first-time parents in Pennsylvania!
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