A young couple sat in the waiting room of the hospital eagerly awaiting to visit a woman and her husband in the maternity ward. The young couple had been selected to be the parents by this man and woman to be their new baby girl’s parents.
As this couple waited patiently their smiles did not diminish. It had been a whirl wind last few days! They learned they had been selected on Sunday and it was the best day of their life together as a couple. They were told that the birth mother would be induced on Thursday. Well, the baby had a better idea and the birthmother was in labor on Tuesday morning. A beautiful baby girl was born mid-morning and the birth father walked out to the waiting room to bring the adoptive parents into the room to meet their new daughter.
As the birthparents lovingly placed the baby into the adoptive parents’ arms, hugs and tears were shared. The most precious gift had just been given from one couple to another. Words could not express how each of them was feeling. For the birthparents, giving this couple what they had so desperately hoped for during the past four years was a beautiful and humbling experience. For the adoptive parents, the love they felt for these two was nearly incomprehensible. They were overwhelmed with gratitude and love and could hardly contain themselves. The birth mom then produced a beautiful quilt which she had lovingly made during her pregnancy and gave it to the adoptive couple.
The parents of the adoptive couple came to the hospital in hopes of getting a peek at the baby. When the birthparents learned they were there, they said, “Bring them on in! We would love to meet them and watch them see their grandchild for the first time!” Gratefully, the grandparents came into the room, were welcomed by the birthparents and were able to see their new granddaughter. What an amazing experience for all! The adoptive mom and dad kept saying, “We hope we don’t wake up to find this is only a dream!” The birthparents were so comforted by the entire family being there to love and support the baby that they had nothing but smiles knowing their child would have no lack of love.
All involved in this scenario were so grateful to the other for their role in this adoption. All four parents love this child with all their being, and in turn love each other. This is how an adoption circle is created, and the child is the recipient of all that love. This adoption will continue to have ongoing contact with most exchanges being done by email. It is the start of a wonderful relationship that will last forever.
Each adoption is unique. There are never two situations that are the same. Most would say that they knew the birthparents were right for them, or the adoptive parents were meant for their child. There is a connection that happens in adoption and each one is special.
As a birthmother explained the other day, “I had ten adoptive parent profiles in front of me and I just knew which one was right.” “I knew that they are supposed to be the parents for my child. I kept going back to them, and I had the most wonderful feeling reading and re-reading their profile. I just couldn’t wait to let them know!”