How far would you go to have a baby?3
If you were diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, how far would you go to have a baby? Would you place advertisements for prospective birth moms around your neighbourhood?
Nicky and Erik Nelson of Moorhead, United States, are using methods that range from word-of-mouth among relatives and friends, to social networking, in their comprehensive search for a baby.
In addition to posting fliers in places like grocery stores and Moorhead Center Mall, they have added a window slick to their car, launched an adoption Facebook page and included adoption-minded business cards with their social worker’s contact information in their Christmas cards.
Every little bit can help. The trend toward networking and outreach has really taken off in the last three years.
Nicky has a genetic condition called premature ovarian failure, which required getting a hysterectomy in 2005.
After exhausting traditional methods of adoption, and finding no results, the Nelsons began considering outreach last year. At 35 and 36 respectively, Nicky and Erick felt they only had so much time before they were too old to adopt a newborn.
On Nicky’s birthday she left her first business card in a mall restroom in St. Cloud, Minn. It wasn’t easy, but she did it.
For safety, the Nelsons’ set up a special Google voice number and email specifically for adoption-related queries, and they posted Haugen’s contact information in case potential birth parents don’t want to contact them directly.
For many couples this method of finding prospective birth mothers has become more common, as they have become disillusioned with the regulating authorities that delay and set barriers to a more speedy process.
The Nelsons have yet to receive a telephone call from their latest efforts, but they are hopeful that soon they will be proud parents.
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