Adoption Hospital Plan Essentials for Birth Mothers
As you prepare for your baby to be born, your adoption caseworker will discuss creating a hospital plan with you. A hospital plan, also called a birth plan, is a rough outline of what you want to happen on the day you go into labor. While this plan is not set in stone and can be changed at any time, having a hospital plan in place helps reduce stress for everyone involved with your baby’s birth. A traditional hospital plan is known to include elements of the birth, such as pushing position and medications. However, as a birth mother, you have additional parts of your birth plan to consider.
If you are working with an adoption agency like Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, your caseworker will walk you through every step of your hospital plan. That said, it never hurts to think about what you would like to happen when the day comes.
Here are two hospital plan essentials for birth mothers to consider:
- Who do you want in the room with you?
When it comes time for your baby to enter the world, who do you want to be in the room with you? How many people does the hospital’s COVID-19 policy allow in the room? Is there a specific family member you want present? What about your child’s adoptive family? Will they be in the room with you?
No woman should ever go through labor alone. Make sure the individuals in the room will be helpful and not cause additional stress. You have rights as a birth mother, and we will never judge your choices.
- Do you want to have time with your baby after he or she is born?
It’s no secret that placing your baby for adoption is emotional, and the day your baby goes home with their adoptive parents is one of the most emotional days of all. When creating your hospital plan as a birth mother, you have the power to decide what the time between your baby’s birth and their departure looks like. Do you want to hold your baby? Do you want to get a picture with them? Or would that be too emotional? It is completely up to you.
As you consider your hospital plan, specifically this part of your adoption plan, we encourage you to consult with your adoption caseworker and Birth Parent Counselor for guidance.
Adoption Hospital Plan Essentials for Birth Mothers in Oklahoma
Having the above aspects in your hospital plan can greatly decrease the levels of stress you experience during your labor and delivery. However, these questions can become very heavy and overwhelming at times. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma understands this and is here to support you in any way you need.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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