Placing your child for adoption involves a lot of planning. And there’s perhaps no plan as important as an adoption birth plan.
Childbirth can be daunting enough but, when you are placing your child for adoption, it can seem that much more intimidating. For many women, the upcoming hospital stay can be a great source of stress. After all, this is when the events of the adoption process all culminate in one emotional moment.
There’s also a great deal of uncertainty involved. What will the hospital experience look like? How much can you choose about your birth plan for adoption? How can you make sure your rights and interests are protected every step of the way?
Our adoption professionals are here to help. The adoption counselors at The Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson have helped many women with their adoption hospital plans, and we can do the same for you, too. Whether you are early in your pregnancy or just weeks from your due date, we’ll help take the stress off your upcoming childbirth experience.
We encourage you to reach out to our team anytime by contacting us online or calling/texting us at 864-680-8038. We are happy to answer any of your questions and, when you’re ready, help you create a hospital adoption plan in South Carolina that’s right for you.
What is an Adoption Hospital Plan?
Placing a child for adoption can be complicated enough. But trying to navigate your delivery experience — especially if this is your first child — can be incredibly daunting. That’s where a professional can help.
It’s our job as adoption counselors to make your hospital experience as smooth and predictable as possible. To achieve this, we use what’s known as an adoption hospital plan. This document allows a pregnant woman (like you) to decide each important event of her hospital stay.
When you create your birth parent adoption plan, you will detail your delivery expectations from start to finish. No detail is too small, and our social workers will ensure you don’t overlook any important aspect.
You will get to decide if:
- the adoptive family is involved in the birthing process
- your other family members are involved in the birthing process
- you will spend time with your baby, and how much
- you or the adoptive family will first hold your baby
- you will be admitted to the hospital confidentially
- you want to spend time with the adoptive family
- you want pictures with your baby and/or with the adoptive family
- and much more
Your social worker will work closely with you to understand how you envision your hospital stay. She will prepare the hospital staff for your wishes and will be proactive in carrying out all of your requests. Then, once the day arrives, everyone will be prepared to best ensure you have the least stressful, and most memorable, hospital experience possible.
How to Make an Adoption Hospital Plan
When you contact our team about placing your child for adoption in South Carolina, we will help you complete every important step, including your adoption hospital plan. Here’s what will typically happen:
- Step 1: Contact our firm to start the adoption process.
- Step 2: Talk to your social worker about your adoption preferences, both before and during childbirth.
- Step 3: Fill out an adoption birth plan template with the guidance of your social worker.
- Step 4: Update your adoption hospital birth plan as often as needed prior to delivery.
- Step 5: Enact your adoption birthing plan when you go into labor.
We will make sure you have the support you need during your hospital stay. A social worker may be able to accompany you during your trip to the hospital, so talk with her early on if that is something you are interested in.
Can I Change My Mind About My Adoption Hospital Birth Plan?
Like all items in your adoption plan, your adoption hospital plan may change over time. That’s completely okay. How you feel about certain aspects of your adoption is bound to change as you become more comfortable with your decision and build a relationship with the adoptive family you have chosen.
Here’s just one example. When first creating your birth parent adoption plan, you may not be sure how much interaction you want with your baby while in the hospital. You may initially envision the baby staying in the nursery during the hospital stay. However, as you near delivery, you may want more time with the baby and decide that you would like him or her to spend some time with you in your room after delivery.
Or, perhaps you aren’t initially comfortable with the adoptive parents being in your room during delivery. But, as you learn more about them through pre-placement contact, you may decide you want the adoptive mother or father there with you as your child comes into the world.
We know things change. So, your social worker will check in with you about your adoption hospital plan often during your pregnancy. She will work with your medical professional and chosen hospital to update them on any changes you make and ensure your hospital experience goes as smoothly as possible.
Want to start your birth plan for adoption in South Carolina today? Please contact The Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson for more information.