Things to Consider when Creating Your Adoption Birth Plan with Best Adoption Agencies in AZ
A birth plan, sometimes referred to as a hospital plan, is typically a set of instructions laid out by a birth mother before she goes into labor. In the adoption process in Arizona, these instructions are important for determining a lot of things about your baby’s future before they are officially given to their adoptive family.
At Adoption Choices of Arizona, our goal is to provide you with as much control over your AZ adoption process as possible through a personalized adoption plan. This includes things like finding the right adoptive family for your child and giving you the resources that you’re eligible for to make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible, as well as formulating a plan of action once you’re at the hospital for the birth of your child. There are many things to consider when creating your birth plan, and we will walk you through them.
Who will Be Present at an Adoption Birth?
One of the major decisions you’ll make when going over your birth plan will be deciding who is going to be present before, during, and after the birth of your child. This can be a very important time for you, and one in which emotions are likely to run high. Remember that you have the final word in deciding who gets to be there amongst your family, friends, and other associated personnel. One major addition to the hospital room for you may be the adoptive parents who will be taking care of your child after the adoption process is complete.
All of this is completely within your control, and you are allowed to make the call on who is and isn’t in the room with you.
Naming Your Child in Adoption
High on the list of things to consider when creating your birth plan is the name of your baby. This goes for just about any pregnancy, but adoption creates a complicated situation. After your baby is born, you will have the chance to have the birth name of your child on their Original Birth Certificate. The adoptive family will then have the opportunity to rename the child, depending on what they want with an Amended Birth Certificate after the baby is legally theirs. You may choose to name the baby yourself, but keep this in mind when doing so.
On a more positive note, you may be able to talk to the adoptive family beforehand and see what their plans are. Agreeing on a name for your baby between all of you is not out of the question, and will prevent you from any emotional turmoil if the baby is renamed.
Medical Concerns during Adoption
Something else to consider is any and all medical requests you have prior to giving birth. Be sure to include these in your birth plan, so that your adoption caseworker and the hospital staff attending you can plan accordingly. Many mothers use their hospital plan as an opportunity to lay out any guidelines about how they plan on handling the pain and stress of labor and birth. For instance, certain preferences about positions for pushing and any post-delivery wishes, such as breastfeeding or contact all fall into this category.
Handling Emotions Post Birth – Post Adoption Depression
When giving birth to a baby and knowing beforehand that he or she will, ultimately, be placed with another family, you may want to consider things like how much time you’ll spend with the baby. Legally, in the state of Arizona, all birth mothers have 72 hours after giving birth before they are required to sign away their parental rights .
Before those three days are up, you may wish to spend some time with your baby while in the hospital. You may also be weary of getting attached to your baby during those three days as well. Adoption Choices of Arizona recommends that you think about this before you get to the hospital, when you’re creating your adoption plan, and consider the emotional toll you believe the pregnancy will take on you.
Things to Consider when Creating Your Adoption Birth Plan
There are lots of things you may decide to put in your hospital plan before giving birth. Many of these are intrinsically tied to the adoption process, and Adoption Choices of Arizona will be here for you throughout the pregnancy and the adoption process as a whole. We are dedicated to making sure you feel safe, comfortable, and ultimately happy with your decision. Making a birth plan is a big part in ensuring that happens.
For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are an prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
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