Birth Parents Blog

How Do I Know My Baby Will Be Safe?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 10, 2018

The process of choosing just the right adoptive family for your baby can seem complicated. As you look at adoptive parent profiles, they'll probably all look nice and friendly, and say things that you like. But, as one woman puts it, "how do I know the adoptive families I see on your website are fit to be parents? How do I know that my baby will be safe?"

Today, Lifetime is giving you insider info about the in-depth screening and background checks every hopeful adoptive parent must go through in order to adopt!

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

The Top 5 Myths About Choosing Adoption for Your Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 3, 2018

(This post was originally published on our blog on October 17, 2017)

Choosing adoption for your child isn't easy. What makes it harder are all the harsh adoption myths shown in the media. It can get easy to forget what the adoption is about: creating a family.

If you're thinking about adoption, we want to share the truth on the top 5 adoption myths about choosing adoption for your child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Myths, Adoption for my child, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, adopt out my child, modern adoption

"I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

Here at Lifetime, we get messages every day from women facing situations like this: "I'm 8 months pregnant and raising a little girl too.  Money's always been tight, so I have no idea how I'm going to feed another mouth. I'm contacting you because I'm thinking that adoption will be best for my soon-to-be-born baby. I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby, and I'm wondering how do I adopt out my baby?"

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, adopt out my child, give my baby up for adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices

4 Reasons Why I Chose Adoption for My Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 20, 2018

"My son is my heart and soul, and I think about him every day. I love him so much, more than anyone else. I carried him for nine months, and so he'll always carry a piece of my heart. When I was giving my baby up for adoption, so many people were against my decision. They asked me why, if I love him so much, did I choose adoption?

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Topics: adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, why do women choose adoption?

How Can Coloring Help During Your Adoption Planning?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 9, 2018

This might sound silly, so bear with us. Here at Lifetime, we'll mail you a cute care package as you're in the middle of your adoption planning process. Inside the care package will be a journal, because getting your thoughts down on paper when you're thinking about adoption is so beneficial. Also inside the care package is a coloring book for adults. It has inspirational quotes and gorgeous photos on each page.

Wondering why in the world we'd send you a coloring book? You're about to make one of the biggest decisions in your life, so having a creative outlet is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But hear us out: coloring in this book can actually do you a lot of good. Keep reading to learn the benefits of coloring as you're thinking about adoption!

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Topics: adoption journal,, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, journaling during pregnancy

What to Expect When You Make an Adoption Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 6, 2018

If you’re pregnant and curious about adoption for your baby, you're probably wondering what the process is like. Lifetime Adoption is here to help you every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to walk you through the process, which can seem confusing and complicated at first. Today, we're keeping things simple and breaking the process down into 5 steps. 

Here are the steps to take if you're making an adoption plan before your baby is born:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy options, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, what is open adoption like?, what is adoption like?, how do I put my baby up for adoption?, unplanned pregnancy choices

What If He Says NO to the Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2018

"I'm 17 and I just found out I'm pregnant! Since my boyfriend and I are still in high school, I think adoption is going to be the best choice. But he gets mad at me if I bring it up, so I don't think he'll agree to doing adoption. What can I do if he says no to the adoption?"

We get asked this type of question a lot, and this is a very common situation. So, know that you're not alone, because many women have been where you are right now. Read on to get some tips on what to do if he's totally against adoption.

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Topics: Baby's father, Give up my baby, adopt my baby, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, baby's dad, father of my baby

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, and need post-adoption support. 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

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