Birth Parents Blog

How to Get the Support You Need During Your Adoption Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 12, 2017

Making an adoption plan for your child is an emotional experience, and the stages of grief are experienced differently amongst birth mothers. It’s totally normal for you to feel sad and wonder if you're doing the right thing. Your feelings are normal and shouldn’t be dismissed.

It may help you to talk to someone. Lifetime can connect you with a third-party licensed counselor. Or, you might choose to speak with a woman who has placed her child for adoption.

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Topics: adoption counseling, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, peer counseling, free adoption counseling

Young Texas Couple Hoping for an Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 9, 2017

Hopeful adoptive couple Sam and Meg have created this cute video to introduce themselves! They're from Texas, and adoption has always been a part of their plan. They love spending time with family, playing with their dogs, and finding adventure wherever they go. Sam and Meg are open to visits with you, if that's something you'd like! 

"We hope to have an open adoption with you. Pictures, emails, calls: everything under the sun will be considered.  We would love for this to be an open and fluid conversation with you," Sam and Meg say.

Keep on reading to learn more about this young adoptive couple from Texas!

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

How to Create a Hospital Plan That Works For You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 8, 2017

Giving birth is an emotionally and physically challenging process. So, getting ready for your baby’s delivery can be a nervous and anxious time. When you add adoption into the mix, things can become even more overwhelming.

That’s why we encourage you to create a hospital plan in advance. Today, we're giving you info all about how you can make one that works for you!

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Topics: free adoption book, Labor preparation, birth plan, hospital preferences, adoption experience in the hospital, So I Was Thinking About Adoption

"I knew adoption was the best thing I could do for my son"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 5, 2017

What’s it like to experience an unplanned pregnancy while you’re still in college? Check out Hannah’s story and how she came to decide on adoption:

"When I saw that positive pregnancy test, I knew I couldn’t make parenting work. I was a full-time college student at the time, deep in debt, and my baby’s dad”wasn’t in the picture. My son would've been in daycare full-time, only seeing me for a few minutes in the early morning and at night. I would have had to work all the time just to afford the necessities. I knew adoption was the answer for me because there are so many couples that desperately want a child, and are prepared to care for one.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Adoption story, positive pregnancy test, place my baby up for adoption, pregnant in college

I'm Pregnant?! What Should I Do?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2017

What happens when you take a pregnancy test, and that line appears? When you don’t want to have a baby yet, and this makes your life more complicated than imagined?

An unplanned pregnancy can be depressing, scary, sad, or thrilling. When you see that positive pregnancy test, your emotions might seem like they're changing from minute to minute. This is totally normal!

When you take a few moments to let your news sink in and really think about it, you'll realize that life as you know it will change. No matter what happens next, this has happened.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, missed period, positive pregnancy test

3 Questions To Think About When Browsing Adoptive Families

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 28, 2017

Are you browsing adoptive family profiles to find just the right parents to raise your child? There's a lot to keep in mind when you're making this selection. It's a big decision with a lot of factors to consider.

So that you can make a choice that you feel comfortable with, Lifetime is sharing three questions to keep in mind. Ask yourself these three questions as you're going through the process of picking adoptive parents:

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Topics: family for my baby, adoptive family for my child, adoptive family for my baby, how to choose an adoptive family, how to choose a family for my baby

Restaurant Owners in Illinois Wish to Grow Their Family by Adopting!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 25, 2017

Hopeful adoptive couple Bob and Amy have created this cute video to introduce themselves! They're an easy going couple who loves to have fun, laugh, enjoy amazing food and make an adventure of each day. Bob and Amy are excited for the chance to share their home and hearts with your child or children! 

They love to be outside in nature, take their dog for walks, watch movies on the couch, travel across America, and try out new restaurants and different cuisines. Bob and Amy say, "Working together in the restaurant business has been a wonderful blessing and we cherish each moment we spend together. We are so excited to share our adventures with more children!" Bob and Amy would love to share letters, pictures and visits with you in the future, if you're comfortable with that.

Keep on reading to learn more about this hopeful adoptive couple from Illinois!

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

Adoption Truth: Avoiding CPS

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 24, 2017

Some women worry that their current situation will cause her child to be taken by CPS (Child Protective Services) and then put into the overcrowded foster care system. The truth is, adoption gives you a say in your child's future. 

As one mom, Zoey, puts it, "I live with my boyfriend and I'm due in a couple months. He plans on making money to support us by selling drugs!

So, I'm worried if I try to raise my baby, she’ll end up being taken by CPS. I want her to have a stable life with two parents. Adoption lets me give her that."

If drug use or other risk factors have been a major concern of yours, consider adoption as a Foster Care or CPS alternative. Today, we're sharing a quick video with you about all about this! 

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Topics: Adoption for my child, Child Protective Services, adoption truth, adoption decision, adoption video,, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, modern adoption, CPS

Your Quick Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, which for some is also the busiest time of year.  All of the decorating, cooking, planning, and gift shopping can stress anyone out. So, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re pregnant. 

Since being pregnant can weaken your immune system and leave you exhausted, today's post is all about helping you get through Thanksgiving in the healthiest way possible!

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Holidays, food to avoid when pregnant, foods to avoid when pregnant

Young Christian Couple from Texas Hoping to Adopt a Baby Boy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 18, 2017

Hopeful adoptive couple Dusty and Whitney have created a cute video to introduce themselves! They're a Christ-centered family that's full of fun and loves to go on adventures!

Dusty and Whitney are blessed to have two beautiful children and would love to add another (or two!) to their family. In their house, they love big, play hard, and keep Christ first in all that they do. 

Keep on reading to learn more about this young adoptive couple from Texas!

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