Birth Parents Blog

"With open adoption, I can see my daughter grow up!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 9, 2018

This guest post was written by Hailey, a birth mother who chose adoption for her daughter six years ago.

"After three weeks of being pregnant with a baby I knew I couldn't parent, I sat down and devoted my time to looking at adoptive family websites. I was curious about adopting my baby out. I looked at SO many adoptive parent profiles. Never knew there were so many couples wanting to give their love!

I wanted to feel a connection to the couple I chose. Since I grew up with an older brother and sister, I wanted my baby to have the same. And after I found out that my baby would be a girl, I kept seeing her as someone’s little sister.

As they say, when you know, you know. When I picked Jason and Jenni, I knew they'd be perfect parents for my daughter. They already had a three-year-old son, and Jenni is a stay-at-home mom. I felt like she belonged in their family! Honestly, for us, it was 'meant to be.'

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Topics: adoption for my baby, how to choose an adoptive family, what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption, National Adoption Awareness Month, Adoption story, birth mother stories

The Moment I Knew I Should Adopt Out My Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 5, 2018

This guest post is by Kristina, a birth mother.

"I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant. When my gyno confirmed my pregnancy, I was in shock. That day changed my life forever. I remember thinking, am I ready to be a mom? Am I ready to raise this sweet little being? As I asked myself those two questions and took a hard look at my situation, my gut instinct was that I wasn’t ready.

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Topics: adopt out my baby, birth mother stories, Adoption story, adoption for my baby

"What if People Ask Me If I Have Kids?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 6, 2018

Many birth mothers have found it difficult to talk about their birth child with people they don’t know. Do you feel that the person asking if you have kids is someone you’d like to share your personal feelings with?

If you are OK with going into detail about your adoption plan, that's great. If not and you find it easier just to say “No,” it doesn't mean you’re denying you have a child. Don't feel guilty about answering "no."

If you haven't found a response you’re comfortable with, here are a few suggestions. One of these might work for you when you're asked: "Do you have any children?”

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Topics: Adoption story, adoption for my baby, contact with my baby, what is open adoption like?, post-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: place my baby up for adoption, pregnant in college, unplanned pregnancy, positive pregnancy test, Adoption story

What It's Really Like to Make an Adoption Plan for Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 25, 2017

Why do women choose adoption for their baby? There are so many reasons why, and not one of them are easy. In today's post, we hear the stories of two women about what it was like for them to choose adoption, and create an adoption plan for their baby:

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Topics: adoption plan, adoption for my baby, Adoption story, adopt out my baby

"I’m Glad I Did Adoption...I Did What Was Best for My Daughter"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 13, 2017

"When I got a positive pregnancy test, my boyfriend and I were in college, and we weren’t working. I knew then that he wasn’t the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And, I grew up with divorced parents, so I didn’t want my child growing up the same way. Once the shock of being pregnant started to wear off, I started looking into adoption.

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Topics: adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, Adoption story, birth mother stories

"Adoption Was the Best Decision of My Life"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2016

It's so great to hear from the women we’ve helped as they considered adoption for their children. Recently, we were emailed by a woman who chose adoption for her infant daughter three years ago; she shared this wonderful update and beautiful photos:

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Topics: adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, unplanned pregnancy, Adoption story, adopt my baby

Then and Now: Birth Mother Laura Shares Her Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 2, 2016

Laura made an adoption plan for her son Spencer 18 years ago, and chose to have a very open adoption with the adoptive mom she chose. She's maintained yearly visits with her son and the adoptive mom, Theresa. Read on to find out more about open adoption, and to see how it looks in birth mom Laura's life today...

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Topics: Adoption story, then and now, adoption for my baby, Adoption for my child, birth mother stories, Open Adoption, open adoption visits

Liz’s Adoption Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 30, 2016

Through an unplanned pregnancy, birth mother Liz discovered more than just a plan for her daughter’s future through open adoption.

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Topics: Adoption story, birth mother stories, Open Adoption, open adoption visits

What Adoption Was Like for Me - Birth Mothers Share Their Stories

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 22, 2016

Have you been wondering "what's open adoption like?" and "I'm not sure I could adopt out my baby, how do women do that?" When you're thinking about adoption for your baby, it helps to see adoption from the perspective of a woman who has chosen adoption. One of the best ways to learn about open adoption is to learn from women who have created an adoption plan for a child. 

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Topics: adoption stories, Adoption for my child, Adoption story, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby