Planning Ahead: Crafting Your Adoption Birth Plan in Arizona
Whether it is for a family vacation, wedding, or purchase of a new car, creating an advanced plan is crucial to the success of any sizable endeavor. The Arizona adoption process is no different. The birth parents who are the most prepared for each step of their adoption are often the birth parents who marvel at how simple and smooth the process is post-adoption. This is why at Adoption Choices of Arizona, we are committed to helping you establish a solid plan for the birth of your child. These plans, often referred to as “hospital plans” or “birth plans,” will ensure that when your baby is ready, so are you. After all, the last thing most birth mothers want to deal with after the physical stress of delivery is to make important decisions. With this in mind, we have crafted a shortlist of the needed preparations and considerations needed for a successful birth even if you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
A Few Questions To Consider When Creating A Hospital Plan
- Who do I want to be present during the birth?For many parents, the birth of a child is a new and exciting time. It also, however, maybe a moment where privacy is of great importance. Due to the intimate nature of the delivery process, it is important to consider who will be allowed in the hospital room with you during the birth. While it is most popular to have the mother accompanied by her partner, this does not always have to be the case. It is possible that the partner is not in the picture or simply does not desire to witness the birth of the child directly. If this is the case, you may consider having another close relative or friend be there with you. Most birth mothers find that having a trusted figure to support you during birth relieves a great deal of the physical and emotional stress that might arise.Some birth parents even choose to invite the respective adoptive parents of their child to be a part of the delivery. While this is a pleasant possibility that allows the adoptive parents to feel more involved in the adoption and birth process, it is definitely not an option that every birth parent feels comfortable with. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that this is your adoption birth plan. You are the one who gets to decide what would be best for you and your family. There is no need to include someone in the birth just to make them happy if it means that you will not be happy. Your birth, your choice.
- Do I want to name my child?As Shakespeare once said, “What is in a name?” Well, it turns out Will, quite a lot! The naming of any child, whether involved in adoption or not, is often a sacred and cherished process. For many, it is an opportunity to honor meaningful individuals in their lives or pay homage to an aspect of life that they especially enjoy. If you fall into this category, you have the option to name the child as you see fit while in the hospital. For others who agree with the Bard, however, a name carries no significance, or they are not especially fond of one name or another. This is completely fine! There is no requirement for any birth parent to name their baby. In fact, if you would prefer, an adoption professional is always available to name the baby for you.Whatever option you choose for naming the child, keep in mind that the adoptive parents have the power to change their name on the Amended Adoption Certificate. For this reason, some birth parents decide to go with the option not to name the baby in the first place. There is, however, always the possibility that if you reach out to the adoptive parents through Adoption Choices of Arizona, that you both can collaborate on choosing the name together. While there is no guarantee that they will agree to this setup, you never know unless you try!
- Do I want alone time with the baby after they are born?After delivering your baby, the time will finally come to enjoy their presence. The question you need to consider is whether you want to enjoy their company alone or with others. Birth can make you feel a special bond with your child, leaving you wanting a bit of one-on-one time with your bundle of joy. On the other hand, you may feel inclined to immediately share your child with others and allow them to experience the miracle of a newborn. Like the rest of the topics listed here, it is all a matter of preference.In regards to spending time with the child at all, some birth parents look to avoid seeing their child at all after birth for fear of attachment and second thoughts about adoption. While this may feel like a more mentally healthy option, studies show that it can have adverse effects on the grieving and loss of your baby. Parents who hold and welcome the child into the world often have an easier time with closure post-adoption. Meanwhile, those who decide to avoid seeing their child are often left with regret and ask “what if” when the time comes to placing the baby up for adoption with the adoptive family.
Designing The Right Adoption Plan For Your
Just as no two children or adoptions are alike, no two hospital plans are either. Every birth parent has unique needs and preferences when it comes to the birth of their child. Just remember that each decision that you make in your birth plan is valid. There are no wrong answers. It is up to you to create the adoption plan that suits you best and no one else. While you may want to please others, in the long run, this is not a successful approach. To start crafting your adoption birth plan with the help of Adoption Choices of Arizona, give us a call today. But hurry, the baby will be here before you know it!
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 a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
Meet the Author: Peter is a writer and editor based in New York. Currently studying at Binghamton University, Peter is majoring in English Literature and Rhetoric. Whether working with Marketing Choices or the mental health blog, Runaway, Peter seeks to provide comfort and warmth to those around him through his writing. A huge advocate for change, Peter looks to promote adoption, mental health awareness, disability awareness, and environmental improvement. Forever looking to make meaningful connections, Peter can be found with a group of friends or going on walks and waving to anyone he passes.