Pregnant woman rests on her hospital bed as she gets ready to give birthIt’s your totally your choice how things will go at the hospital for your delivery (also known as “hospital preferences” or a “birth plan”.)

You’ll want to print multiple copies of your plan; if you share one with your Adoption Coordinator this ensures your wishes are known. You can also share a copy with the nursing staff on-duty.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Who do you want to be at the hospital with you when you deliver?
  • Do you want your baby in the room with you, or would you prefer your baby be kept in the nursery with the adoptive parents?
  • After you deliver, do you want to be in a different area of the hospital away from the labor and delivery area?
  • How much do you want the adoptive parents to participate in the birth?
  • Do you want the adoptive parents in the delivery room or waiting outside?
  • Will you want newborn pictures that the hospital takes of your baby?
  • When you are discharged, do you want to wait until the baby leaves or do you wish to leave first?
  • Will you want newborn pictures that the hospital takes of your baby?

You’ll want to make sure to let your Adoption Coordinator know when your labor starts and when you leave for the hospital (or when you get there). Your Adoption Coordinator will send paperwork to the hospital staff to ensure they have your hospital preferences and desires available and your wishes are followed. Give the labor nurse your adoption professional’s phone number and ask her to call them. Your adoption professional can notify the adoptive parents that you are in labor, or you may want to call them yourself.

Here’s a short video that describes the choices you have for your adoption experience in the hospital:

Do you have questions about how to decide on your adoption preferences? Please call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 or send us an email. If you’re ready to research adoption more, or to begin your baby’s adoption plan, you can get answers to your adoption questions by requesting Lifetime’s FREE Adoption Planning Kit.

Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

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.

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