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

20 Questions You Should Ask At Your Hospital Tour

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2018

Getting ready for your baby's delivery is emotionally and physically challenging. And when you've made an adoption plan, things can get really overwhelming. The good news is that you can calm some of your jitters by taking a hospital tour and asking important questions for pregnancy where you plan to deliver at.

A hospital tour for pregnancy pays off in many ways. You’ll be able to meet some of the staff who will be helping you during your hospital stay. Many women find it reassuring to see a familiar face when their contractions are getting intense!

Plus, it's nice to be able to talk to the hospital's social worker about your adoption plan ahead of time, and share how'd like your birth plan to go. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will be supporting you, too: she'll get in touch with the hospital around six weeks before your due date, to find out how their process works and provide the necessary paperwork.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 20 hospital tour questions you might ask. Whether or not you ask all of these questions depends on your adoption hospital plan and your level of openness, but they'll definitely give you an idea of how you want things to go. 

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Topics: hospital preferences, adoption experience in the hospital, preparing for labor

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