Birth Parents Blog

"Can I spend time with my baby at the hospital?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 8, 2019

Question: "I'm 35 weeks pregnant so I've started to make my birth plan, and I've toured the hospital I'll deliver at. After I give birth, I'm adopting out my baby. It's been a real tough decision to make, but I know it's what's best for her. Can I spend time with my baby at the hospital?"

Answer: You have the right to spend as much time as you wish with your baby in the hospital after you give birth. You'll have lots of options for your adoption hospital experience. For example, if you want your hospital stay to be a special one that includes just you and your baby, that can be arranged. Or, you might like to spend time together with your baby and the adoptive family. It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with.

It's common for women choosing adoption to worry about how things will go down at the hospital. The more you can prepare and plan ahead, the more confident you will feel. That's why at Lifetime we encourage you to create what's called an "adoption hospital plan."

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Topics: Open Adoption, Labor preparation, hospital preferences, adopting out my baby, adoption experience in the hospital, preparing for labor

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

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 24, 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. If you're giving your baby up for adoption, 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

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 an adoption 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

How to Create Your Complete Hospital Bag Packing List

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 13, 2017

If you're in your third trimester and planning for labor, you might be wondering what to pack in your hospital bag. As you get closer and closer to your due date, think about having a bag packed and ready. Then, you can just grab and go once labor starts. 

Today, we're giving you hospital bag packing list inspo from Lauren Conrad. PLUS, learn how Lifetime can help you out with some of the needed essentials for your labor bag!

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Topics: Labor preparation, third trimester, labor bag, hospital bag, hospital bag packing list, preparing for labor

Preparing for YOUR Labor Day? Get Our Tips!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 1, 2017

Getting ready for your baby’s delivery can be a nervous and anxious time. It can help to prepare a little ahead of time so that you have less to think about when your contractions start, or when your doctor wants you to start the labor process.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about adoption but haven’t decided yet if it’s right for you.  It’s never too late to choose adoption. You’re able to call us from the hospital and get started with an adoption plan right then. Whenever you’re ready to move forward with adoption, you can get started by visiting LifetimeAdoption.com, sending us an email, or giving us a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Topics: Labor preparation, How to Have an Easier Labor, labor bag

Planning for Your Adoption Experience in the Hospital

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 31, 2017

Getting ready for your baby’s delivery can be a nervous and anxious time. Creating an adoption plan & preparing your hospital bag are just a few examples of things that can help you prepare a little ahead of time, so that you have less to think about when your contractions start, or when your doctor wants you to start the labor process.

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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

Lifetime's Labor Bags, Packed Just for You!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 12, 2016

If you're pregnant and considering adoption, know that Lifetime Adoption cares for you. One of the ways that we help women facing an unplanned pregnancy is through our labor bags. Read on to find out what a labor bag is, and how to request one.

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Topics: Labor preparation, labor bag, hospital bag

Could I Be in Labor?: 5 Signs to Watch For

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 15, 2016

If you’re in the third trimester of pregnancy, you might be wondering how you’ll know when you’re really in labor. Even women who've had other children can't always determine when labor is starting. It’s because lots of the early signs of labor are uncertain and easy to mistake for something else. So, before you pack up for the hospital, check to see if you have these common signs that you are in labor:

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Topics: Labor preparation, pregnancy tips, third trimester

How to Have an Easier Labor

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 13, 2016

Preparing for labor doesn’t mean just packing up your hospital bag; you’ll also want to get ready for labor and childbirth.

You can up your chances of having a shorter, easier labor by using these five healthy tips:

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Topics: Labor preparation, How to Have an Easier Labor, childbirth

Your Adoption Hospital Experience: the Choices Are Yours

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 26, 2015

It's your totally your choice how things will go at the hospital for your delivery (also known as "hospital preferences" or a "birth plan".)

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Topics: Labor preparation, birth plan, hospital preferences