Making an Adoption Hospital Plan as a Birth Mother: Important Tips for You to Know
Being a birth mother and choosing adoption in Colorado requires a remarkable show of strength. It demands a lot from you and is draining to your mental and physical being. It is important to remember that being a birth mother means taking care of yourself and the baby that you’re carrying. Part of that care means establishing your adoption hospital plan.
How to Make Your Hospital Plan as a Birth Mother
1. Hospital Tours
One of the essentials for establishing a hospital plan as a birth mother is a hospital tour. Giving birth and placing your child for adoption can be highly emotional and distressing. You want to make sure you’re delivering in a facility where you feel safe and comfortable. A hospital that is close in proximity, for instance, may feel more advantageous to you.
Every birth mother, regardless of socioeconomic status, deserves a clean, safe, hospital experience. It’s important for you to know that you and your baby will be taken care of. Your adoption caseworker will be more than willing to set you up with a hospital tour. This allows them the opportunity to assess the hospital and meet the staff who will be helping you through your hospital stay.
2. Prenatal Appointments/Preparing for Birth
Another part of establishing a hospital plan is ensuring that you’ve received regular check-ups and attended routine prenatal appointments. This is absolutely vital, because any preexisting conditions or compromises to your health that could threaten you and the baby need to be flagged immediately. That way, when it’s time to deliver, your doctor is fully aware of how to safely and effectively deliver your baby.
We also recommend that you check out our complimentary Lamaze/Birthing Education classes. We have a coach that is available through Adoption Choices of Colorado to do private classes. Learning how to manage the birthing process in a healthy and calming way can be essential for birth mothers.
3. Hospital Bills
If you are worried about large amounts of hospital bills accumulating, don’t be! Adoption Choices of Colorado is more than happy to help qualifying birth mothers with financial assistance. Additionally, any medical expenses that are not paid for by the state or private insurance will be covered by your child’s adoptive family. There is absolutely no reason to cut corners when it comes to your health and the health of the baby.
4. The Right Support
While your adoption caseworker is able to provide a lot of support and understanding to a birth mother, they are not a perfect substitute for a loved one. It is definitely something to examine. Who do you want standing beside you during this significant moment of your life? There is a possibility that it could be the birth father. If you and the birth father have a loving and supportive relationship, then, by all means, allow him to accompany you. However, if your relationship is compromised or non-existent, you may want to consider someone else accompanying you in the delivery room. Giving birth is an incredibly stressful experience that is both emotionally and physically taxing. Any additional sources of stress, from any figure in your life, could be detrimental to the health of you and your baby.
Some hospitals may have different policies when it comes to who can accompany you in the delivery room. Make sure you address this in your hospital tour and research the hospital’s regulations before making a final decision. This is especially significant during a global pandemic, as many hospital policies could have shifted for overall health reasons.
5. When it’s Time for Labor
Make sure you have a bag prepared with all the essentials for when it’s time to go to the hospital. These could include, but are not limited to: your birth plan and any necessary hospital paperwork, comfortable clothing, any necessary medications, shower shoes, and some form of entertainment, such as an iPad or a book. It’s important to consider what will reduce your anxiety levels when preparing your hospital bag, because that will absolutely help with your overall hospital experience — especially birth and delivery.
What Works For You?
The most important thing to consider when creating a hospital plan as a birth mother is what will work for you. Each birth mother has her own needs, and knows what will make her feel comfortable and safe. If you have a hospital plan, you are much more likely to have a successful delivery, and it can also ease the pain that placement can cause in the aftermath.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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