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Understanding the Differences between Newborn and Infant Adoption as a Birth Mother in Texas 

Newborn adoption and infant adoption, the two terms are used interchangeably throughout the adoption industry, even though they represent two different ways to place your child for adoption. As a birth mother, this can be very confusing, especially if you believe that parenting is not the right option for your or your child. 

To help you better understand the meaning behind these two terms, Adoption Choices of Texas explores the key differences between newborn and infant adoption, and how this may impact your adoption journey. 

What is Newborn Adoption?

When using the word newborn, you are generally referring to a baby who is no older than three months. Newborn adoption involves the whole nine-month pregnancy, and labor delivery process. When a birth mother who is pregnant, wants to pursue adoption, she can get into contact with an adoption agency to help her create an adoption plan that is tailored to her needs. 

What is Infant Adoption?

Infants are  anywhere between the ages of three months to a year. These babies have begun to reach important milestones in their development, such as laughing, lifting their heads, engaging in fine motor skills, and showing their personalities. 

Infant adoption typically occurs when a birth mother decides to place her baby for adoption after the birth has already happened. Perhaps the idea of parenting sounded like a good idea at the time, but either her personal circumstances changed or she discovered that she wasn’t able to give her child the life she knows they deserve. Whatever the situation may be, adoption is still an option.   

How We can Help

At our adoption center in Texas, we specialize in domestic newborn and infant adoptions. Our highly-trained and compassionate staff  will help you to create an adoption plan that is right for you and your baby’s needs. We will also assist you in a variety of ways to make your nine months easier, such as: 

  • Financial aid 
  • Medical care
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Counseling 

Adoption Choices of Texas will be with you every step of the way through your adoption journey. It may be a challenging time, but you’ll never be alone. We are here for you!

There is No Right or Wrong Choice 

Newborn and infant adoption can seem like confusing terms, especially if you are a birth mother who is new to the adoption world. But knowing the differences between newborn and infant adoption may help you to decide what the best option is for you and your baby. 

There are just as many birth mothers who decide to place her baby for adoption very early in their pregnancy as there are those who pursue adoption months after giving birth. Each and every birth mother is unique and comes from a different walk of life. No matter what you decide, or when you choose adoption, it is important to know that there is no right or wrong choice.

What matters is that you are making a beautiful and honorable choice. That you love your baby and want him or her to have the best life possible. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we will help you along that path and support you every step of the way!

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!

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