Getting ready for your baby’s delivery can be a nervous and anxious time. Creating an adoption plan & preparing your hospital bag are just a few examples of things that can help you prepare a little ahead of time, so that you have less to think about when your contractions start, or when your doctor wants you to start the labor process.
Many women who are choosing adoption for their child feel uneasy packing their hospital bag. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will have tips for what you’ll need at the hospital.
And, let her know if you’d like her to send you a FREE hospital labor bag packed with some of the stuff you’ll need. You can reach one of the caring Adoption Coordinators at Lifetime by texting or calling 1-800-923-6784.
Here are some things you can do before your adoption day:
- Tour the labor and delivery area of the hospital. Ask about pre-registering.
- Plan to take time off work. You may qualify for pregnancy/disability leave before and after the birth. Check with your physician and your employer for the proper documents.
- Sign up for childbirth classes, if this knowledge would be helpful to you.
- If you have other children, arrange for someone to take care of them while you are in the hospital.
- Have your bag packed and ready to go.
- Decide who will pick you up from the hospital when you are discharged.
- Decide on your hospital preferences and write them down. Make copies and send one to your adoption professional; this ensures your wishes are known.
If you’d like, you can watch a video to learn about the choices you have in your adoption experience in the hospital:
The info in this blog post is from the short & small adoption book So I Was Thinking About Adoption. Download your FREE e-book version here!
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.