Why is it important to create a hospital plan in an open adoption? What should adoptive and birthparents prepare for?
Last week, IAC’s Dr. Jennifer Bliss joined the Creating a Family radio show to discuss the different issues and concerns that a good hospital plan can help to address.
Dr. Bliss was joined by Rebecca Vahle, who runs an adoption support program at Parker Adventist hospital in Colorado. Together they discussed issues such as:
- The training hospital social workers usually get around adoption, whether or not it is sufficient.
- How adoptive parents might be treated at the hospital: are they welcome or not?
- Hospital nurses reactions to adoption plans.
- Accommodations in the hospital for both birth and adoptive parents.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Due in large part to the common misconceptions about adoption, there are a myriad of issues that can come up during the birth and hospital stay. The best way to prepare for this is to have a hospital plan in effect and to make sure hospital staff are aware of this plan. Nurses, doctors, and social workers are obviously doing what they think is right so, when that comes into conflict with the needs of the adoptive or birth parents, a little information and a plan can go a long way. Of course, having a reputable and capable adoption agency in your corner will be helpful if and when any potential problems arise.
I encourage you to check out the entire Creating a Family radio show at this link.