How to Get Ready for Life as a New Adoptive Parent

by | May 19, 2021 | Adoptive Families Blog

Life as a new adoptive parent with their baby girl at homeWhen it comes to adoption, it’s common for hopeful parents to focus on the paperwork, the process, and the steps to reaching their adoption goal.
Yet every adoption goal comes with a dream of life AFTER adoption! While it’s necessary to prepare for the details required to adopt safely and smoothly, it’s also worth investing in preparation for life as a new adoptive parent.
In a recent Lifetime Adoption webinar, we were joined by Valerie Trumbower, our friend from New Parents Academy. With this webinar, you get a chance to imagine that day you welcome your baby home! Valerie offers future parents tips and support for bonding and caring for the baby they adopt. You can tune in to this webinar at for free, anytime you’d like.

Expecting 101…You’re Adopting!

Valerie Trumbower of New Parents AcademyAs a Certified Postpartum Doula, Valerie has developed a unique course for hopeful adoptive parents, called “Expecting 101…you’re adopting!” This 4-hour course offers future adoptive parents a place to learn about bonding with a baby, newborn feeding, understanding baby’s cries, infant CPR, and more.
Valerie created “Expecting 101…you’re adopting!” with adoptive couples in mind, so that they don’t have to wade through pregnancy and postpartum tips that often come with other newborn preparation classes. Valerie has shared about how an adoptive couple she helped had taken the newborn class at their local hospital. “Turns out, though, that the class was geared towards pregnant couples and that they were the only ones in that room who were adopting…If I can be honest, it made me sad for them for how it must have felt to feel so different in that room. And soon after that conversation, I realized it didn’t need to be that way for adopting families and I could help!” says Valerie.
Valerie’s experience with newborn care and new parent care allows adopting parents a place to arm themselves with information to help them embrace the early days with the baby they are waiting to adopt. She shares strategies to bond with the baby, what baby gear you need to have when you go to meet the baby and what to buy if you just want to get what’s needed for the first month or so until you’re sure everything is official.

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In “Expecting 101…you’re adopting!” you’ll get the basics like how to burp and swaddle as well as answers the most-asked questions, like “How do we know if our baby is getting enough to eat?” and “Should we call our pediatrician about his?” Plus, when you sign up for this course, you have access for two years! This means that you can watch it now before you’ve been matched so that you know what to expect when it comes to life with a newborn. And then, you can re-watch sections when your baby arrives and you have questions or need a bit of a refresher!
Lifetime is a proud affiliate of this New Parents Academy online course for hopeful adoptive parents, and this webinar will give a preview of what’s inside the course! Click here to explore or sign up for Valerie’s course. Use coupon code LIFETIME for 20% off your course fee.

Webinar: Life as a New Adoptive Parent, featuring Valerie Trumbower from New Parents Academy

Once you’re home after adoption, you’ll be a new parent for that child, whether you’re a first-time mom or dad or a new-again parent. Take a moment today to prepare for more than just the paperwork and process to GET to your adoption dream:

Heidi Keefer

Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of articles and social media posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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