What is an Adoption Hospital Plan?
By Danny Solorzano
Let’s paint a quick picture. You’re a birth mother going through the adoption process. You just made your adoption plan, decided on an adoption option, and kept up with your regular doctor’s visits, which your local adoption agency has covered. Then your adoption specialist hits the question, “What’s your hospital plan?” You freeze….because you don’t know what a hospital plan signifies. But have no fear. Our team at Adoption Choices of Kansas is here to help you! Even if you didn’t know what a hospital plan was before entering into the process, we’ll inform you all about it and let you know the standard plans other women have made in a similar position you have been in.
But now, let’s answer that question your fictional adoption specialist asked you. What is a hospital plan, and what exactly does it cover? A hospital plan covers the part of the adoption process in which you give birth to your child. It covers many essential details, such as the presence of the adoptive parents, how much time you want to spend with your child, and if you want any visitors. But before we can cover any of that, let’s uncover why a hospital plan is so important.
Why is a Hospital Plan Important for My Adoption Process?
The reason behind this is quite simple. The hospital plan is so important because it lets your adoption specialist know what to expect during the birth of your child. In addition, it allows you to mentally and emotionally prepare for this turbulent part of the adoption plan. Don’t get me wrong, the adoption process is quite an adventure, and many people feel that adoption has only brought significant change to this world. However, this part of the adoption process is extremely turbulent and difficult emotionally, mentally, and physically. This is why the hospital plan you create with our team is vital to your process. It lets us know what you want to happen and what you don’t want. Don’t forget our team will be there for you during your stay but only if you like us to.
Now, without further ado, let’s cover some of the aspects your hospital plan will have.
Your Hosptial Plan Tells Your Kansas Adoption Agency if You Want Visitors
Vistors can help or hinder you during your stay at the hospital. If you feel like having people present during your delivery will keep you from keeping calm and make you feel overwhelmed, you do not have to have any visitors present before, during, or after the delivery.
Your Hosptial Plan Tells Your Local Adoption Agency if You Want The Adoptive Parents Present During the Delivery
The delivery of your baby is going to be one of the most magical, beautiful periods of your life. You’re going to feel various emotions and go through a lot to deliver your child. Because of this, if you think the presence of the adoptive parents is going to hinder the delivery of your child, you do not choose to have them present. Many birth mothers feel pressured into saying yes because they are under the presumption that they have to include the adoptive parents in the delivery process. But don’t worry. If you don’t want them there, the adoptive parents will understand, and our team will certainly not pressure you one way or another. Keep in mind that this whole process is about guaranteeing the safe delivery of your child. If you feel like someone will prevent you from doing that, they should not be present.
Your Hosptial Plan Tells Us How Much Time You Want with Your Child
After the delivery of your child, you’re going to feel a lot of emotions. One of those emotions might be an attachment to your child. Keep in mind that you can have as much time as you want with your child. You can keep your child by your side for as long as you wish during your hospital stay. Nurse them, hold them. You can even name your child if you want. If you do not want to, our adoption team can choose a name for you to call them before you surrender custody of your child to the adoptive parents. You are not required to hand over the child until the fifth business day after the delivery. Take this time to nurse your child. Don’t worry about those feelings of attachment. It’s better for you to hold your child close and feel those emotions that you have for your child than to deny them outright.
Once your time is done, you may surrender custody of your child. If you feel like you need any form of help after this process, our adoption team can help you. We will cover counseling and hospital visits for up to eight weeks after the placement. It’s understandable to feel the way you think. Should you experience any form of sadness or grief afterward, our adoption team will help you healthily process those emotions.
Your Hosptial Plan is Crucial to Your Adoption Process
A hospital plan covers the most important of the adoption process: the delivery of your child. It helps both you and your adoption specialist plan out your hospital stay. In addition, it will help you cover how much time you want with your child and if you wish to have visitors or the adoptive parents present during the delivery of your child. If you have any questions about putting a child up for adoption, make sure you contact us, Adoption Choices of Kansas. We’ll help you however we can!
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