Baby Care for Adoptive Parents
By Jennifer Gamper-Meenan, RN, MSW, IAC Center Counselor
Becoming a parent is a joyous experience. Most parents feel both excited and
anxious about how they will experience and handle the first months of having a
newborn. In addition adoptive parents have some unique concerns. The months
leading up to the arrival of a newborn can feel like eternity. The excitement of having a
newborn; along with the fear of “is this really going to happen” leave some parents
unsure of how to prepare for their baby.
Now is the time to take control and begin to feel more confident and comfortable
prior to their arrival. Parents can begin by taking a baby care class. The IAC Center
Baby Care for Adoptive Parents Workshop will allow new adoptive parents to learn in a
setting that allows them to feel open to asking questions and meeting others with similar
stories; and to focus on baby care and new parenting issues rather than labor and
delivery; or breastfeeding.
You will learn about:
Necessary items for travel, hotels, first days with your infant
Expectations for the hospital
What you need once the baby is home: the “must haves” and items that
“would be nice” to have too.
Medical: newborn testing, vaccinations, procedures, care of infant while in
Psychological: adoption issues
Baby Care: feeding, burping, diapers, swaddling/soothing, bathing, cord
Basic medical care
Understanding your infants needs and handling a “cranky baby”
Car seat safety
Choosing a pediatrician
Some agencies are now requiring that couples become certified in CPR. Call
your local American Red Cross or hospital to sign your self up for an Infant CPR
course. They are essential to caring for your newborn and will make you feel
prepared in case of an unexpected emergency.
Obtaining a pediatrician is an essential part of prenatal care. Finding
someone you want to trust with your child is very vita