Adoption

Last night I had a patient who was giving her baby up for adoption.  I think this is only the second or third time that I’ve had an adoption patient, we don’t get them frequently.
I have a lot of really strong feelings about adoption.  I have a cousin, and a nephew who are both adopted.  Personally, I think it is the best way to get yourself out of a mess.  This couple was really clear that it wasn’t the time for them to have a baby but they didn’t want to abort.
They were making the best out of an awful situation.
But when that baby came out.  Uh, all the thoughts about how hard that would be, I was holding back a dam of emotions.  Then, to come home to my own sweet P and see what an amazing gift that is to give.  To turn your heartache into a gift.
Well, I think it’s probably the biggest sacrifice a person can give.  I was so amazed at that couple.  They thanked me for being “amazing” and I told them that if anyone deserved amazing it was them.  I hope they get amazing.  I hope this is a turning point for them.  I know that God will bless them for their sacrifices.  I wish I could have been there when the adoptive parents came in, but it was all kind of a mess.  I also can’t imagine what it would be like to see all your hopes and dreams sitting there in a bundle of blankets just waiting for you.
Just a lot of thoughts and feelings about it all.  Just wish more people would be smart like them.
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Comments

  1. says

    Wow! Hillary, what a beautiful way to describe the sacrifice involved in adoption and the anticipation of the adoptive family. I’m glad laboring mom’s have someone like you to be by their side.

  2. says

    I agree. It is amazing, but it must be so hard.

    PS just saw your picture on the other blog. Lookin’ good! All the weight you’re losing is landing on my middle though. This must stop.

  3. Anonymous says

    Just an FYI, a softer way to say “giving up for adoption,” is “placing for adoption,” We are expecting a niece to come into our family any day now through the miracle of adoption. I hope our birth parents get as awesome of a nurse as you.