What Happens at the Hospital When I’m Giving My Baby Up for Adoption?

after giving birth a woman holds a baby in her arm

What are my options at the hospital if I put a newborn up for adoption?

If you’ve made the life-giving, loving decision to give up your baby to an adoptive family, you may have uncertainty about what will happen at the hospital. As your due date nears, it’s natural to feel anxious about the delivery, especially if it’s your first baby. Knowing what to expect can help you feel less scared and more confident. 

At Shorstein & Kelly, we are committed to giving birth mothers, like you, the highest quality service possible by walking with you through it all. This includes answering your questions about the birth and what will happen at the hospital.

Creating a hospital plan

Every birth mother’s adoption plan also includes a hospital plan which is made before going into labor.  The hospital plan allows the birth mother, with help from Shorstein & Kelly, to customize the delivery experience as well as what should happen (and not happen) at the hospital.  There are many options available to customize a hospital adoption plan, including things like:

  • Who will be in the delivery room with the birth mother
  • Who should cut the cord 
  • Who gets to hold the baby first
  • Does the birth mother want the adoptive mother to room-in while in the hospital
  • Does the birth mother want time alone with the baby after delivery
  • Which keepsakes, if any, should be preserved for the birth mother and the adoptive family
  • There are many other options associated with the birth and hospital stay

It’s never too late for a hospital plan

Shorstein & Kelly has been working with Northeast Florida hospitals for over 30 years.  When a birth mother goes into labor at a local hospital and looks for an adoption agency or attorney, Shorstein & Kelly provides immediate help with an adoption and hospital plan. 

With three adoption attorneys and a staff of women adoption advisors, our 70+ years of combined experience arranging adoptions allows for an easy transition to a last-minute adoption and hospital plan.  We become your partner in this journey and will walk with you every step of the way. 

You can call, text, and or email us anytime – call: 904-348-6400, text: 904-348-6415, or contact us. We answer our office phone 24 hours a day, every single day. We try to respond to emails and text messages as soon as possible.

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