"Welcome to the Family!"

Without my family members surrounding me, I felt lonely holding my daughter at the hospital. Luckily, her birth family stepped up to the plate.

Her daughter's birth family joined her in the hospital
Going into an adoption, there are some things you think you want, and some things you never expect to want. My daughter's birth family gave us both. Over the two years we waited for our baby, my husband and I welcomed two nieces into our extended family. For each, we picked out gifts, attended showers, and shared in the excitement of gaining new family members. The excitement always culminated in rushing to the hospital with other relatives, where I took ...

I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.

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