How Adoption Agencies in Missouri are Handling the Adoption Process During Covid-19
The news of an unplanned pregnancy is scary enough, but this news coming during a global pandemic is even more anxiety filling. We understand how you are feeling. This past year has been a scary time for many, but for birth mothers who can’t handle a child right now is scary. We know that many people have been furloughed this past year due to the pandemic, so we understand your worries about being able to afford your child, so adoption may be the best option for you during this time. It also just might not be the best time mentally for you due to how much the quarantined year has affected many people’s mental health. That is okay if you aren’t in a place to raise a child. Some potential adoptive parents would love to adopt your child. We are not stopping! We are still here for birth mothers like you. If you are unexpectedly pregnant/have an unplanned pregnancy and want to put your baby up for adoption in Missouri, we are still here 24/7 at Adoption Choices of Missouri. A global pandemic will not stop us from giving you the service that you need to begin the adoption process during COVID-19.
The Adoption Process is Still the Same in Missouri
You can still make an adoption plan with us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri. We will just be from afar through screens or six feet apart with masks on. Whichever way you feel more comfortable. If you become unexpectedly pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic and decide adoption is the best choice for you, we are not stopping our services.
You will still be able to connect with an adoption professional, create an adoption plan filled with which type of adoption you want, go through the database of adoptive families and choose the best ones to raise your child, and create a hospital and delivery plan. Everything a part of your types of adoption is the same even during this global pandemic.
When connecting with the adoptive parents, you will be able to from afar, either from a zoom call to just a text. You will still have access to this communication, which we know is important to you. You will also still have communication with your adoptive caseworker whenever you need it. We know how important support is for you when you need unplanned pregnancy help.
You Will Still Get to Choose Your Delivery Plan as a Birth Mother
Your hospital experience may be different, but we will still be there through every step of the planning process of your delivery day. We know how important your delivery date is to you and we want you to have a smooth day. You can still deliver your baby at the hospital. The doctors and caretakers there will keep everything safe during your labor and delivery. It is still safe to be at a hospital to deliver your baby because the doctors are taking good care of their patients more than ever now to keep everyone safe, especially pregnant women.
You will still be able to choose exactly what you want for your delivery. If you want to have a natural birth, you can choose that, but if a c section is better for yourself and your body, you can choose that instead! This pandemic doesn’t restrict your choices as a pregnant woman and birth mother in Missouri. Unfortunately, visitors may be restricted to increase safety for the birth mother and the baby. This can include the birth father in some parts of the state. We completely understand how frustrating this seems because all you want is that support with you throughout the entire experience even if it’s just a friend. Ask your healthcare provider to see all of the hospital restrictions that are in effect at the time of your delivery. This could affect your entire delivery day in a good or bad way, so understanding the restrictions sooner than later could be in your best interest.
If you need us for support to talk about your frustrations or talk about your worries because of the hospital restrictions, we are here for you 24/7. Connect with one of our adoption caseworkers and find out what the best plan is for you and tell us how you are feeling.
Adoptive Family Traveling to Get Your Baby
You might be wondering how the adoptive family will get your baby after his or her birth. This is all based on being as safe as possible. Travel restrictions are high due to the pandemic, so if the adoptive parents don’t live locally, this could be challenging, but your adoption caseworker will make sure that everything is done safely.
Connect with an adoption caseworker and once you get to the step of choosing your child’s adoptive parents, the decision will be made safely then. Your adoption caseworker will make sure that everything works out even with all of the travel restrictions, especially if the adoptive parents live across the state and it would be easier for them to fly to you.
This could also be a struggle because you may want to meet the adoptive parents in person at the hospital before you give them your baby. Ask your adoption caseworker and he or she may be able to plan this with safety during the Covid-19 pandemic in mind. This may be different than you envisioned, but we will do everything to try and make it all work out. We want to give you everything you want during your adoption process.
We are Still Here in Missouri to Help with Your Adoption Process
We are still here 24/7 for you. We have not stopped our services because we know that birth mothers’ needs do not stop. We know that there is nothing more worrisome than support not being available to birth mothers like you who are going through a traumatic time. Contact us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri at any time and we will be right by your side during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Meet the Author: Molly Allington is an aspiring author born and raised in Syracuse, New York. When she’s not watching her latest Netflix obsession, you can find her nose deep in a book or in her writing. She has been writing books since she was twelve and is in the process of trying to get her finished books published. Molly has a BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. With her writing, she is hoping to share supportive information and help as many people as possible. Once she starts her own family, she is wanting to adopt.