Birth Families Talk About Planning for the Birth

What is expected of a birth mother at the hospital?

Denalee Chapman October 23, 2015

What is expected of a birth mother at the hospital? Our panel of birth mothers share their thoughts on bonding, on relinquishing rights, on adoptive parents at the hospital, and on those few precious moments when the child is born. As with all aspects of adoption, desires are specific to individuals. For some birth mothers it’s important to have time alone in the hospital without sharing the child with others; for others, having the adoptive parents in the hospital at time of birth is healing and helpful in watching their reactions. It is important for each birth mother to choose what works best for her at time of delivery. Adoptive parents will have an eternity with their child, and although in open adoption a relationship will ensue for the birth mother and child, there will not be any more moments like those they have alone in the hospital.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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