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Post Contact Agreement in California Adoption

Adoption is the beginning of a relationship. In many cases that relationship extends far beyond a connection with a child. Adoption brings together two families: the adoptive family and the birth family. What happens to this relationship after the adoption is finalized? Different adoptive families and birth parents have different agreements about what the birth family’s contact with the child will look like. Wh...
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Adoption Questions: Baby’s Discharge From Hospital

You’re thinking of making an adoption plan, or perhaps you’ve already started the process.  One question most women ask is what happens after birth and what’s the process to discharge baby from the hospital.  This article explains the discharge process. The process to discharge baby from the hospital You can make decisions about discharge before the baby is born.  Some women decide at the last minut...
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Giving My Baby Up For Adoption: Choices to Make After the Birth

When you’re pregnant and giving a baby up for adoption, you await your child’s birth with a wide range of emotions. When your child is born, you will have to make your final decision about who will care for your child. Preparing for your child’s birth will help you make a plan and feel confident in your choices. Choices About Your Baby When you’re pregnant, you’re focused on staying heal...
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How To Tell Your Family That You Plan To Give Your Baby Up For Adoption

Many women are really afraid of how their family will react.  They fear disappointing their parents or that they will be shamed into parenting.  However, it’s still really important to talk with at least one trusted family member about your plan to give your baby up for adoption.  Here’s why: Your family might help you parent There’s always a chance that your family will want to help you parent your...
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Prenatal Care in Adoption

Prenatal Care and Adoption If you’re considering giving your baby up for adoption, prenatal care is really important.  You want to know everything possible about the health of your baby so that you can pass this information along to the adopting parents.  This information is helpful for the care of your child throughout his or her life.  You also want to make sure you are choosing a family who is open to the medical ...
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Breastfeeding and Adoption: Three Things to Consider

Breastfeeding can cause significant emotional challenges for the birth mother.  Every mother wants her baby to be healthy and happy with his or her adoptive family. Studies show that breast milk is a wonderful food for a newborn.  Here are three things to consider if you are thinking about breastfeeding as part of your adoption plan. Detaching From the Baby Breastfeeding could make your eventual separation from the b...
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Adoption Plan Help: Making a Hospital Plan

 What will happen during your hospital stay? Making an adoption plan can help you find certainty.  unplanned pregnancy comes with so many questions, especially when you’re giving a baby up for adoption. I can help answer your questions and help you create an adoption plan.  This may ease your apprehension as you work to determine what pregnancy and birth will look like for you.   Planning for Labor and Delivery Your ...
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Considerations About Where You’ll Be Giving Birth

When you make an adoption plan, one thing to consider is whether you will deliver the baby in your home state or closer to the adoptive parents.  It’s most important to consider your own needs when making this decision.  Think about what support your will have during the labor and delivery process, so that you have help before, during, and after childbirth. Giving birth is an intense experience, and while your focus ...
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