Pregnant women who plan to make an adoption plan for their child can absolutely spend time with their baby at the hospital and have that right under Florida Law. A birth mother is in complete control over what happens at the hospital. Some birth moms choose to have the adoptive parents stay at the hospital and be in the room during the birth and others don’t. Some choose to room in with the baby and others don’t.
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While you can choose to spend time with the child, you should be aware of the amount of time you have at hand. If you are a mother in Florida giving your child up for adoption, you can speak with your attorney about the agreement that is arranged with the adoptive parents. If you choose to spend time with the infant immediately after birth, you may only get a few minutes. For the average birth, your hospital stay is 24-48 hours. If you want an afternoon, you will want to do it sooner rather than later. The baby has various checkups over the first 24 hrs and you need to be clear about your intentions. This also means understanding that you may not get as much time as you want.
If you think you don’t want to spend time with the child, do leave yourself some breathing room in the contract. Giving birth is a tremendous and emotional event. Some people will decide it would be best if they don’t see the baby while giving birth. Others will suddenly feel an urge to hold them. Either way, you and the adoptive family should be clear about concessions for these types of issues.
Emotions will be running high so have a plan in place to help you process what you are feeling. It is not uncommon for people to feel guilt, shame, fear, or angry at the situation. With hormones surging in the body after birth, many emotions are exacerbated. Some feel intense sadness and struggle with their decision all over again. It is a good idea to have supportive and loving folks nearby to hug on and tell you jokes.
When making your adoption plan with Juliana Gaita, P.A. we will go over your birth plan and wishes for the birth and help you work through all the different options. We will also inform the hospital in advance of your wishes. Each birth mom has a different idea of how they would like things to go and you are in the driver’s seat. Once all paperwork is signed the baby can leave the hospital with the adoptive parents.
Are you considering an adoption plan for your child? You can call, text, or email us at any time with any questions. Call or Text: 561-869-3703 or email [email protected]. We answer our office phone 24/7.