Birth Parents Blog

It’s Your Choice: 3 Myths That Limit a Mother’s Adoption Options

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 26, 2019

Here at Lifetime, we understand that first phone call, text, or message can be nerve wracking for women who are considering adoption for a child. When women contact us, it’s common to hear “I’m not sure yet, but I just want to know how adoption works.” As she shares more about her situation, each mother starts to find words for the questions that have been going through their minds, usually for weeks before reaching out for information.

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Topics: Open Adoption, what is open adoption like?, how do I put my baby up for adoption?, modern adoption, benefits of adoption, how to choose a family for my baby, open adoption questions, adoption hospital plan

4 Steps to Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 19, 2019

We recently received a text from an expectant mother on our 24/7 text line that read, “I’m texting because I was curious about the process of an open adoption. What are the steps?”

When women call, text, or email to learn about open adoption, it is usually because they are pregnant and considering adoption for their babies.  The steps to an open adoption can be broken down into 4 parts:

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Topics: Open Adoption, what is open adoption like?, how do I put my baby up for adoption?, modern adoption, benefits of adoption, how to choose a family for my baby, open adoption questions, adoption hospital plan

"Can I see my baby after giving her up for adoption?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 1, 2019

There are plenty of misunderstandings out there about adoption. The most common one might be this: that when a woman chooses adoption, she is “giving up.” It’s such a commonly used phrase that you may not have noticed it. Even though it's used often, "giving up a baby” for adoption misses the point. When a woman chooses adoption, she is not “giving away” her baby.

Adoption comes from a place of love. If you’re thinking about adoption, you know this. You have an enormous amount of love for your baby. You have hopes and dreams for your baby, and adoption seems like the best way to give him or her the chance to grow and thrive.

But with all the love you have, you probably don’t want to lose the link to your baby, even when you know adoption is the best choice. You might be wondering, “If I give my baby up for adoption, do I still get to see her or him?”

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, what is open adoption like?, modern adoption

Why Did I Choose Adoption? Out of LOVE

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 7, 2018

“I fell in love with Matt my junior year of college and was very sure we’d be together for the rest of our lives. When I realized I was pregnant, I was soo happy at first. All of the love I felt for Matt went right to my baby.

But then, reality set in. How was I going to raise a baby, attend all my classes, write papers, study for finals, and keep a part-time job? How would I pay bills and pay for everything the baby needed on a part-time paycheck?

After meeting with a counselor at a pregnancy center in our town, I came to realize that adoption was probably going to be the answer. At first, Matt was totally against the idea, but later came to accept it when he realized we weren't ready to be parents.

Even though my relationship with Matt didn’t work out, I'll always have so much love for our daughter, Sophia. She was created in a beautiful light and I truly believe God was protecting her from the start. She was an absolute joy to carry, to give birth to, and to love. My connection and love for her will always exist. When people ask me why I chose adoption, the answer is simple. Out of LOVE!"

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, modern adoption, why do women choose adoption?

How to Find a Family Who Will Honor Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 14, 2018

"I'm 30 weeks along, and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to adopt out my baby.  I know I want an open adoption, because I would like to get updates on my daughter as she grows up. But, how can I be sure the adoptive family will keep their promise to stay in contact?” 

Most women choosing adoption today want to stay in contact with their child, through emails, photos, social media posts, or visits. One of the ways to make sure that your baby's adoptive couple will keep their promise to stay in contact is to find a family that has adopted already. When the adoptive couple has an open adoption relationship with their child's birth mother, it's a good sign that they'd be open to future contact with you as well.

These adoptive couples keep an open adoption relationship with their child's birth family:

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Topics: Open Adoption, modern adoption, how to choose an adoptive family, contact with my baby, future contact, find a family

What Do I Get to Decide About the Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 4, 2018

If you've just gotten a positive pregnancy test, it's common to feel out of control and unsure of what to do next. When you start to explore the pregnancy choice of adoption, you'll begin to realize how much control you have over the process.

Making a modern adoption plan with Lifetime gives you tons of choices! You're able to decide what type of adoption plan is best for you and your baby. This includes selecting your baby's adoptive parents, how much you'll stay in touch in the future, and more!

Today, Lifetime is sharing 4 questions to ask yourself as you create your custom adoption plan:

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Topics: Adoption choices, adoption plan, positive pregnancy test, modern adoption, adoption plan for my baby

5 Amazing Advantages of Adoption for Pregnant Women

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 13, 2018

If you're a woman trying to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, you might not know about all the advantages of adoption. Modern adoption plans offer pregnant women so many amazing benefits. Today, Lifetime is sharing with you just 5 of the many amazing advantages of adoption:

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Topics: adoption benefits, adopt out my baby, modern adoption, advantages of adoption, benefits of adoption

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

How Can This Free App Help You Decide on Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2018

Did you know that there's a free app where you can learn more about the choice of adoption? The app "Open Adoption" can be really helpful as you decide if adoption is right for you and your baby.

On this free smartphone app, you can find out what's involved in making an adoption plan for your baby. Plus, it gives you the ability to look at potential adoptive parents. Included in the app are answers to some of the questions about adoption you might have.

Read on to find out how you can download "Open Adoption" for free!

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Topics: Smart Phone Adoption Apps., is adoption right for me, modern adoption, adoptive parents for my baby, Open Adoption app, smart phone app about adoption

5 Birth Mothers Share Why They Love Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 16, 2018

Open adoption today is so different from how adoption worked decades ago. With an open, modern adoption plan, you're in the driver's seat. You're in control: you can choose your baby's adoptive parents, how things go at the hospital, and the amount of contact you'd like to have in the future. 

Today, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the benefits of open adoption and what it is like! We're sharing what five birth mothers say they love about open adoption. We've removed everyone's names for privacy.

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Topics: Open Adoption, choosing adoption for my baby, modern adoption, adoption is love