Question: "I'm a sophomore in college and just got a positive pregnancy test. I'm seriously freaking out because having a baby wasn't part of my plan! I'm thinking about adoption, because I don't believe in abortion. How do I put my baby up for adoption?"
Answer: If you’ve just started to look into adoption, you might be feeling overwhelmed by how much info is out there. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Lifetime is here to give you guidance on how open adoption works so that you can make a decision that’s right for you and your baby.
The adoption process is different for every woman. Lifetime will help you make your own customized adoption plan so that it fits your life and your needs. We help guide you through the beginning steps to adoption below.
See Your Doctor
If you think you’re pregnant, you should visit your doctor or OB/GYN. He or she will be able to confirm for sure whether you’re pregnant and to check how your pregnancy is going. Prenatal care is so important for both your baby and yourself, no matter what decision you end up making.
The first trimester of your pregnancy is so important to your baby’s development. During pregnancy, your body will go through major changes, so it's essential to start taking care of yourself and your body as soon as possible. Your doctor will share instructions on how to care for yourself and your growing baby.
Do you need help getting to the doctor, or affording prenatal visits? Call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to learn how you can get assistance with pregnancy-related medical expenses.
Learn About Adoption
Knowing what adoption is and how it works is the first step in your decision-making process. Lifetime will send you info, videos, and brochures to help you fully understand the adoption decision. We’re here to find out what your needs are during your pregnancy, as well as to help as you create an adoption plan. If you’re not sure about adoption just yet, we’ll explain the process and give you all the info you need to make an educated decision. Contacting Lifetime doesn’t mean you HAVE to choose adoption. You’re just finding out more info.
Creating Your Personalized Adoption Plan
The Adoption Coordinator you talk to at Lifetime will explain all about open adoption so that you can decide how you’d like your adoption process to be. You can choose the adoptive parents for your baby, and also how much contact you'd like to have in the future. Your Adoption Coordinator will also help you in planning your labor and hospital stay, and can share info with you on government programs that can assist you with medical costs and living expenses. Your Adoption Coordinator also can help you get housing, food and supplies, maternity clothes, and other items you need during your pregnancy.
Another part of making an adoption plan is to share all of your medical history. Your Adoption Coordinator will ask you about it, as well as the medical history of your baby’s father. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime can also hook you up with licensed counseling through a third-party therapist. If you choose, you can also talk to a woman who’s placed her baby for adoption.