Friday, January 15, 2010

Sunday will be a difficult, yet fulfilling day.

Sunday, I am going to accompany my field supervisor to a local hospital to pick up a Safe Haven infant. The baby boy was born late last night, so he will be discharged early Sunday morning. The birth mother has told the nurses that she would like to leave the child under the Safe Haven Law, but in order to do that, she can't be present when we arrive. It's disheartening, to me, that she doesn't want to be involved in finding a good home for her baby (i.e. choosing the adopted parents, or at least being involved at some level) but I completely understand her reasons not to. It probably makes the situation a tad easier when you just walk away from it. I do not judge her for her choices, and I do hope that she finds peace in her decision. I will not be able to go to the hospital and see this tiny infant without thinking of birth mom, and how much she is suffering. However, I am completely excited to finally have the opportunity to retrieve an infant from a hospital and deliver him to his new devoted and extremely thankful family.

It will be a bittersweet day.


  1. Just read your tweet about not being able to be there... sorry about that buddy!
    Please let me know what happens next.

  2. I can't even imagine. It would be so painful to not even look back, but it would be just as painful to watch your baby leave your arms forever as it goes into the arms of another family. I can't imagine carrying a baby for months and months and spending so little time with it. I'm sure she had good reason, and I applaud her for giving the baby a better life. I just can't imagine her pain.

  3. Yes. I won't even be able to comprehend the pain these women go through. It's is definitely something you can't imagine - only experience. *sigh* The baby can't be removed today, and I can't make it when they are scheduled to place him next week...