5 Reasons You Should Take Your Own Advice on Your Unplanned Pregnancy

This guest post is by Gina Crotts, a birthmother.
 
Almost 6,205 days have passed since I said goodbye to my first born. She will turn 17 years old in October and I hardly even know her.
 
Of those 6,000 days, I have questioned my decision to place her for adoption, probably 10,000 times over again…but I know it was MY decision.
 
Here are 5 reasons you should take your own advice on your unplanned pregnancy.

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How We Adopted Our Baby And My Advice For Waiting Parents

This guest blog is by Victoria Hickok, an adoptive mother.

After four years of unsuccessful attempts at getting pregnant, my husband and I went through fertility treatments for a year.

But shortly after the anniversary of our first fertility treatment Paul and I put our family plans on hold and decided to focus on buying a house in our small town in Georgia instead.

We figured that, unlike starting a family, finding a house was something we could control.

So we decided to wait until we were settled in our new home and then expand our family through adoption. 
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How Prospective Parents Can Support A Woman With An Adoption Plan

This guest post is by Maxine Chalker, founder of Adoptions From The Heart and an adoptee.

Women who decide to make an adoption plan have taken a tremendous and courageous step toward improving their own lives and the lives of their children.

No one should understand this truth more than prospective adoptive parents, who will be given an enormous gift solely through the generosity and bravery of willing birth parents.

But taking a monumental step in one’s own life, to saying nothing of the life of one’s child, can be lonely. People don’t always understand, or accept, the choices that expectant parents make when they choose open adoption.  

Creating an placement plan for your baby isn’t something anyone forgets. It stays with you. In many cases, it hurts —deeply.

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How Our Adoption Match Made Us “The Luckiest People On Earth”

This guest post is by Mallory Rivas, an adoptive mother. 

Last February, we were given the surprise of our lives, when our son was literally dropped into our laps at 3 days old.

From the time we found out about him to the time we brought him home was a mere 6 hours.

That day, February 22nd, 2016 was absolutely the best day of my life. The day our family was completed.

It’s been 14 months and life sure has changed. We have gained a lot of friends, lost a lot of family, but through it all we have always had each other.

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