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A Truly Memorable Hospital Experience
As a prospective adoptive parent who has received “The Call” and is on the way to the hospital to meet a baby who may end up becoming a part of your family, flexibility is key! On our way to the hospital (only about three hours from our home) we were not sure how much time we would have with the baby. She needed to remain in the hospital for several more days, and so we were not sure whether we should find a hotel near the hospital or drive back home and return each day to visit. We knew we wouldn’t be able to meet her birth mother, as she chose our profile only after she’d already left the hospital. Other than that, we went into our hospital experience without any expectations of what it would look like.
Needless to say, we were blown away by our actual experience! After being escorted to our very own room in the maternity wing, where we were told we could stay for 24 hours a day for the duration of her hospital stay, we first met the beautiful little girl who is now our daughter. So, after snuggling with her for the rest of that day, we drove home to collect everything I would need to live at the hospital and then at the hotel while waiting for ICPC clearance. We have two other children, so my husband planned to travel down every other day until we could bring our daughter home.
I drove back to the hospital late that night, and when I entered the maternity wing just before midnight, I was shown the room where I would stay for the next few days. I was greeted with a giant balloon that said, “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” That was the moment when I first felt like the outside world was acknowledging me as a mother throughout this whole adoption process.
Over the next few days, the nursing staff was nothing short of amazing. They brought meals, watched the baby so I could shower, stopped in regularly to see if I needed anything, and even shared stories about the first few days of my daughter’s life so I didn’t miss anything! The doctor who delivered her wanted to personally meet me—she said that she wanted to meet both of the little girl’s mothers. And, before we were discharged, the hospital social worker even had the director of the hospital call the hotel I had booked to upgrade our accommodations.
In short, the hospital staff became like extended family for that first week. In the days between her birth mother’s discharge and our arrival at the hospital, they cared for my daughter with love. When I was alone in the middle of the night and she couldn’t be settled, they were there to help in the absence of my husband. I cannot express how grateful I am for how special they made our hospital experience.
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