The Adoption Hospital Experience as a Birth Mother during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written By: Erin Jones

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, many birth mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy have questions about their hospital experience on the day of their baby’s birth. As Adoption Choices of Florida will discuss further, it’s hard to say how any birth mother’s hospital experience will be on the day their baby is born and amidst the global pandemic. To ease your concerns, we’ve created this blog to help you get a better understanding of how COVID-19 might impact your due date. 

After you’ve read this blog, if you find yourself feeling a little confused, feel free to reach out to our adoption agency. We’ll be glad to answer all of your questions and help alleviate any of your concerns!       

So, What is Your Hospital Stay Going to Look Like Amidst the Pandemic?

It’s difficult to say what exactly your hospital experience is going to be like amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic. Every birth mother’s hospital experience is unique and every hospital is different, especially now. That said, most hospitals are following strict and similar health and safety guidelines to ensure the well-being of both its patients and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To prepare yourself for your hospital stay at the time of your child’s birth, Adoption Choices of Florida advises you to start creating a birth or hospital plan. 

What is a Birth/Hospital Plan and How Do I Create One?

Put simply, your birth or hospital plan is a document that lists all of your preferences related to your child’s birth and your hospital stay. Your birth or hospital plan can include, but isn’t limited to the following:

  • Who you want in the room with you at the time of your baby’s birth
  • Who will hold your baby first — you or the adoptive parent(s)
  • Whether or not you’d like some time alone with you baby, as well as how much time you think you’ll need
  •  Whether or not you’d like photos or videos taken of you and your baby
  • Who will keep hospital mementoes like your baby’s ID bracelet, baby blanket and so on
  • Any and all other preferences related to the birth of your baby or your time spent in the hospital during and after the birth of your baby

If you’re early on in your pregnancy, you might think it silly to begin creating your birth/hospital plan so soon. But at Adoption Choices of Florida, our team of professionals strongly encourages you to start now. If you choose to be actively involved in your child’s adoption process, you’re going to be busy, which means you’re going to be much more likely to forget about creating your birth/hospital plan the farther along you get in your pregnancy. When the day of your child’s birth comes, your main focus should be on the delivery process, not creating a last-minute birth/hospital plan. To get a headstart, reach out to our adoption agency for a few pointers. Our team is more than qualified and more than willing to assist you in creating a birth/hospital plan tailored to your exact preferences. 

Coronavirus and Creating Your Birth or Hospital Plan

Be prepared to slightly alter your birth/hospital plan to accommodate for new COVID-19 guidelines. As aforementioned, most hospitals have put in place many new rules and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of its other patients and staff. The day your baby is born is a very special day that should be all about you, your baby, and the adoptive family, however, hospitals must also be especially mindful of COVID-19 and the well-being of their other patients. If you already know which hospital you’re planning to deliver your baby at, see if your adoption team can reach out and gather more information about the hospital’s COVID-19 guidelines and how they impact birth mothers and adoptive families going through the adoption process.

For more information on the Coronavirus and the adoption process, please visit our website’s blogs on the impact of COVID-19 on adoption in Florida and unplanned pregnancy amidst a global pandemic. 

It’s OK to get Frustrated, but Try to be Patient!

There’s no denying the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has largely impacted everyone and everything! And it’s frustrating, right? Of course it is! It’s OK to be frustrated, especially if you have a very clear-cut birth or hospital plan created for the day your baby is born. But remember to be patient. As much as the hospital would probably love to accomodate all of your birth and hospital-related preferences, doctors, nurses and other hospital employees have the health and safety of many other patients to be concerned about. The way you’re concerned about the well-being of your new baby is the same way that hospital staff are concerned about the well-being of their other patients, too. So, on the day of your child’s birth, if you find yourself feeling stressed or frustrated with the people around, stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Everyone around you is doing the best they can to make you, your child, and so many other patients feel as safe and as well taken care of as possible!  

If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678