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Parenthood Tips for Intended Parents Would-be parents have much to think about with every pregnancy. When you throw in the convoluted social, legal, financial and medical challenges that come with surrogacy, intended parents can quickly get so absorbed in the whole process that they forget to get ready for their most important journey up ahead: parenthood. It’s easy to get caught up in the world of surrogacy, but as an intended parent, it is extremely important to think about your plans for the arrival of your baby. Here are some tips to help you out: 1. Read up.
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There are tons of pages online and offline devoted to newborn care and parenting. Though all this information can be daunting, it may be a smart idea to read one or two every now and then to help you set your expectations as a to-be parent.
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2. Take parenting courses. Call your pediatrician, hospital, county family services office or your local school district and inquire about parenting classes and other resources that may be useful to you. They can give you advice on how to prepare for your baby’s coming, as well as on services that you need when that time arrives. 3. Be ready for change. At least the first few months of your baby’s arrival will likely be spent around your little bundle. Get ready for middle-of-the-night feedings and a conservative social schedule, and talk to household members about childcare responsibilities, roles and expectations ahead of time. 4. Begin gathering baby essentials. , and also begin decorating your nursery. This step is absolutely necessary in terms of physical preparation, but at the same time, it also helps you ease into the mindset of a parent. 5. Get support. Parenthood can be daunting, but friends and family usually know that. Don’t refuse help when it’s available; in fact, build a support system to help you when your comes home. 6. Relax. You probably have an idea of how you want to be as a parent, but be flexible enough to go with the flow. Sometimes, some things just don’t go as planned even if we only wanted the best for our child, and that is perfectly natural. Let go of some control. 7. Enjoy your new world! Though you may not experience the pregnancy firsthand, you have all nine months (give or take) to emotionally, mentally and even physically prepare for your baby’s arrival. Get as involved as you much as you can during your surrogate’s pregnancy, enroll in registries and absolutely have a baby shower! The child is every inch yours.