Planning an Adoption at 6 Months Pregnant
By Bruce Kong
It was a hard decision, but you’ve finally managed to think it through. Placing your baby at your local adoption agency was the last thing you wanted, but life seems to strike up the worse situations to impact our lives, and sometimes we are stuck in a situation that needs a final decision.
It can be anything, really, and the hardest thing that we need to accept is that while we don’t believe that fate exists – we have no control over what happens in life. After careful consideration, however, you decided that it might be the best decision to put your baby up for adoption six months into your pregnancy. And you might be thinking, “Is it too late?”
The answer – which may come as no surprise – is no, it’s never too late to place a child up for adoption. If parenting your baby isn’t an option, adoption is an alternative that can help you recover management of your life while doing something amazing for your child.
There will continue to be birth mother adoption options within your grasp whenever you reach for them. You are not far into your adoption, and local adoption agencies, along with an adoption specialist, would enjoy working with you to make sure everything works for you and your baby.
Where to Start Your Adoption Process
If you’re still not sure which of your unplanned pregnancy options is right for you, you are not alone. You have a choice to think about, which means that it can be difficult to picture which one is right for you. The good news is that being six months into your pregnancy is that you’re almost done with your second trimester. And as you’re entering your third trimester, here are a few things you should know:
Step 1: Contact an Adoption Professional
Depending on your location, whether it be an adoption in San Antonio or an adoption in Austin, a trained professional who understands the adoption process in Texas will go over your options in an unplanned pregnancy, and your process will look the same any month earlier than six months.
Step 2: Putting together an Adoption Plan
You will work closely with the adoption specialist to create a plan to ensure an easy process. They will ask you questions about the ideal family for your child, how much communication you are comfortable with (open adoptions, semi-open adoptions, and closed adoptions play a role here), hospital logistics, and other miscellaneous topics. Your adoption specialist will help you think through all of these questions, so don’t feel pressured to answer them on the spot.
Step 3: Choosing Adoptive Parents
When you know what you want in the adoptive parents, it’s time to review family portfolios. Your adoption specialist will already have a list of families who closely match the qualifications you have chosen. Most birth mothers will prefer to work with bigger adoption agencies since they have more families. And when you choose your family, you can communicate with them through email, phone, or in person.
Step 4: Creating a Hospital Plan
You will have control of the hospital you want to stay at, and this plan can also include who will be the first to hold your baby and how much time you want to spend with your child before they home with the adoptive parents.
Step 5: Post-adoption Plan
It is always a wise choice to have a post-adoption plan in place, and many birth mothers will choose to attend birth mother support groups or seek a therapist to talk about their struggles.
Step 6: Stay in Contact with the Adoptive Family
Just because the adoption process is over does not mean you have to stop keeping in contact with the family. But this usually depends on your comfort level and how much communication you prefer. Birth mothers appreciate bi-weekly or monthly updates on their children, and watching them grow up is a heart-warming picture for them.
A Reminder for You, the Birth Mother
Even at six months, you still have the option to adopt, and there will be families who want to adopt your child. But remember this, you are not giving up your child – you are giving them a second chance at life, but that doesn’t mean that if you did keep your child, they wouldn’t have a chance at life either.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 945-444-0333, text us at 945-444-0333, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029