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Birthmothers describe their experience with Adoption Link
“This is not my first adoption experience with Adoption Link; it’s actually my second. The first time was so wonderful that when I found out that I was pregnant, I knew that Adoption Link was the right decision for me again.
I remember calling the office and speaking with Mikki, who was wonderful, and insisting that I work with Patty again. Patty was so caring, informative, and completely non judgmental, not only with the first pregnancy, but also with this one too. Patty and I met a couple days after I made that initial call to Adoption Link and it honestly felt more like catching up with a friend than anything else! She gave me a few full bios on families looking to adopt, bought me lunch (always a plus when you’re pregnant), then said our goodbyes.
The selection process was so easy and somewhat effortless; Patty made sure of that. When I found a family that I wanted to meet, she made sure she was there with me. The first family I met ended up being the family that adopted my son, Noah.
This adoption was extra special because we all had to do it while on lockdown from the state during the coronavirus pandemic. It didn’t stop the process but it just made it different. Check-ins were done by text, phone calls, or FaceTime. Patty made sure to check-in with me just about everyday and it was nice to have her to talk with on a daily basis. The family I chose for Noah even checked in via text message and FaceTime a couple times too!
When it came time to deliver, I never felt so much support in my life! Naomi, Patty, and the family were so nice and catered to me (it’s nice to feel spoiled) and everyone made sure that I was okay and that this is what I wanted. It was especially nice to have the adoptive parents in the room next to me after I delivered; I really feel like it bonded all of us even more!
I remember the day I was being discharged like it was yesterday. There I was sitting in my hospital bed, holding my beautiful son as Patty and the attorney explained the paperwork to me again. It was so emotional, but I remember Patty reminding me to take my time and to be sure that this is what I wanted for Noah. Every time I signed my name to a piece of paper, I leaned down to kiss Noah as tears filled my eyes (just like they are now as I’m recalling this). But, when all the paperwork was done, I knew Noah was going to have the life that I want for him. He’s going to have two extra loving and understanding parents who will love him unconditionally.
It’s been well over a month since I delivered and I still get emotional about it but it helps tremendously that the family gives updates and I get pictures on a regular basis. It’s been wonderful seeing how much Noah has grown already. I can tell that he is so happy and healthy and I see how much he is loved in that family…it completely melts my heart.
Everyone at Adoption Link should be so proud of the good work they’re doing. Not just getting babies to new homes but the support given to the birth moms/dads/families after the process is complete. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people looking out for me!! Thank you especially to Patty and Naomi for being personally involved with my process, my life is happier and better having known the two of you.”
“Before I began my adoption journey, I was more familiar with the concept than most birth parents. My brother and sister were both adopted, as well as my nephew. However, it was not something I ever thought I would be in a position to consider. When I found out I was pregnant with Ethan, I already had four children to care for. My marriage was on the rocks, and the birth father, who was a coworker, dropped out of my life. I had minimal support and a family to think of, so I knew it was time to explore adoption. I opened the phone book and found Adoption Link and called Naomi right away. We had a great talk and Naomi immediately brought me more information.
“I love my adoption story and want those reading it to know everyone’s story is different. In my case, I wanted to pick the family and I wanted Ethan to be their first child. While looking through the adoptive family profile books Naomi brought me, I spotted a familiar face. I dated the adoptive father’s brother in high school. I felt an instant connection to them and saw this as a sign. They were meant to be my son’s parents. Naomi set up a meeting soon after and my relationship with the adoptive family flourished. They attended every OB appointment with me. I really bonded with them and was confident that this was what was best for me and my baby.
“When it was time to deliver, I wanted the adoptive parents there from the time I was admitted to the hospital. I felt like I was giving these two people, who I had really connected with, the most beautiful gift. The next day I left the hospital because I thought staying would be harder knowing Ethan was down the hall. After the adoption was finalized, the communication continued. However, I was becoming depressed. Not only because of my emotions surrounding Ethan, but because I wasn’t seeing the adoptive parents as much now that the pregnancy was over. I knew they were adjusting to life as parents, but I couldn’t shake this feeling of resentment. The adoptive family and I set up a meeting time so my kids could meet Ethan. I had a whirlwind of emotions. Seeing all my children together made me think about how this is what my life could have been and that feeling of resentment was back. However, seeing Ethan with his parents that day prevented those feelings from overpowering me. Seeing how he had bonded with his parents and interact with them reassured me that I made the right decision.
“I do not regret anything and I am so proud of the choice that I made. It was one of the first decisions I made that made me feel like I was an adult and I knew it was a smart choice. It was the greatest thing I have ever done. How do you know it’s right? You don’t but if you feel in your gut that it is the right choice then make it. Since I made my adoption plan, I have helped other birthmothers by telling them my story and attending support groups. I knew my decision was solid from day one, but it is a journey and it doesn’t end once you deliver.
“Last week I met with Ethan and his parents so that Ethan could meet his birth father for the first time. I am in awe when I see Ethan, now a teenager, with his family today and it makes me so happy to see how much they love him. I am stronger today because of my decision. Adoption Link was there with me through it all. Naomi has a heart of gold and would have done anything to help me. Adoption Link was always just a phone call away throughout the entire process. Now I help Adoption Link by offering to share my adoption story with those birth parents and adoptive families who are preparing for adoption journeys of their own.”
“Naomi is an angel. She helped me emotionally when I was at my lowest, and still today, 14 years later, she is here for me emotionally. You can tell she is genuine and has true compassion for me as the birth mother, the adoptive families and the beautiful babies born into our grace. I never take it for granted God putting her in my life or the choice I made to give life to not only a baby but an entire family!”
“The support from Adoption Link has never ended. I have had consistent support and contact with Naomi when I reach out for it — she instantly responds with open arms and heart. Everything happens for a reason sometimes the things we think seem so dark give light to another life (literally in this sense). I thank God for leading me to Adoption Link and even more so to the family that has my beautiful baby girl. What I chose helped two very special people start their dream family and to be able to be proud of that is nothing short of breathtaking.’
– Dana, age 25
“I was lucky to have found Adoption Link. The social worker responded to me immediately and together we looked through the family profiles and found a wonderful family. I have a greater peace of mind knowing that my baby is safe and happy.”
– Lakina, age 18
– Tina, age 21
“I didn’t tell anyone that I was pregnant. After I had my daughter, I left the hospital the next day. I was so glad that the social worker from Adoption Link had explained everything to me. I was able to get back to my life and not worry. I know my daughter is happy. I am so glad that I chose adoption for her. The support I got from Adoption Link was awesome.”
– Jessica, age 22
Adoption Link serves birthparents throughout the United States. Call 1-800-643-3356.