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Creating Your Hospital Plan as a Birth Mother in Texas

Labor and delivery of a baby is an extremely emotional event — even more so with the adoption process added into the mix. Before stepping foot in the hospital, as a birth mother, you may wish to make an adoption plan ensure all of your needs are met. Even if you are unsure of all the factors involved t, simply making a few important decisions now can make everything so much easier when your due date arrives. 

Keep in mind that even if you have not decided upon adoption, creating your hospital plan as a birth mother is very important. The less decisions you have to make after birth, the more time you have to focus upon what really matters: your child. 

Four Questions to have Answered before giving Birth to Your Baby

  • Who do you want with you in the delivery room?

Pending any changes or extra safety precautions hospitals put into place for global pandemics, you are usually allowed to have at least one person in the delivery room with you. This could be your child’s birth father, your child’s adoptive parents or another trusted family member. The choice is completely up to you. Having the right members of your support group at the hospital before and after the delivery can be very beneficial and help provide you with the encouragement and comfort you need during this time.

  • Do you want pain medication?

While this will be a conversation you have with your doctor before the delivery, making sure to voice your concerns and desires ahead of time is paramount. The less questions a doctor has to ask at the time of delivery the better. Letting them know your desired method of delivery, and whether or not you want pain medication, is very important.

  • Do you want pictures taken?

Deciding ahead of time whether you want pictures taken, and who you want taking them, can be very helpful if you wish to have mementos of the occasion at a later date. Make sure to consider whether you want your child’s adoptive parents in the pictures, or of just you and the baby.

  • Do you want alone time with your baby?

Considering whether you want your child’s adoptive parents with you throughout the delivery process, can make your hospital and birthing experience  much less stressful for you. Let your child’s adoptive parents know how you feel, and listen to any requests they may have. This will allow everyone to feel included and on the same page. 

Creating Your Hospital Plan as a Birth Mother

Before giving birth to your baby, take the time to think about what you want out of the hospital experience. Who you want involved, and how much time you’d like to spend with both your child and your child’s adoptive parents before going home. This will ease your stress and help you get the most of this memorable day. Be sure your adoption caseworker and doctors know your requests, and any last-minute changes you decide to make on the day of. By keeping everyone involved and aware of what is going to happen, you can shape this day into exactly how you want it to be. 

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

Meet the Author: Elijah Weiner is currently studying English and East Asian Studies at Denison University, and spends the majority of his free time reading a good science fiction book. His interest has always been in fiction, so whether he is reading or writing it is always based upon the imaginary world. 

Elijah lives in Boulder, Co and spends his free time reading or bicycling outdoors.

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