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  1. When you go into labor, you don't want to have to stop and take the time to figure out what you need to bring with you. Having a bag packed ahead of time helps make going to the hospital a simple, calm process. Below are some suggestions on what birthmoms might want to consider packing in your hospital bag to help ensure you have what you need.

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  2. You've probably heard the saying that no one is ever one hundred percent truly ready to have a child, and to some extent, that rings true. You can never really know what changes a child will bring to your life until those changes are happening. However, there are some things to consider when you are trying to decide whether or not you are ready to adopt.

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  3. A lot of the adoption process is a waiting game, so many prospective adoptive parents consider decorating the nursery while they wait. Whether because they don't know what gender child they might end up adopting or because they wish to avoid gendered norms altogether, many adoptive parents prefer to focus on gender-neutral nursery themes. Below are some you might consider as you plan your child's nursery.

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  4. Reading together with your children is one of the best things you can do for them. However, it is sometimes hard for families that came together by adoption to find books that reflect their lives and experiences. To help make that part of parenting a little easier, we have assembled a list of books that you can read together with your adopted children. Also, be sure to check out these other books.

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  5. Finding the right adoption agency is a big decision. The agency you select will be responsible for helping connect you to a birthmother and guide you throughout the process of adopting, meaning you'll be working with them quite a bit. It's important to know what services the agency you're considering offers, how their staff is trained, how they communicate, and how long the average adoption wait through the agency is. Look up reviews from both adoptive families and birthmothers who have worked with the agency to be sure you're working with a company who treats everyone well and makes sure the birthmothers get the care they deserve. Below are some national adoption agencies you might consider as you begin your search.

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