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Parenthood Tips for Intended Parents

Parents-in-the-making have plenty to think with each and 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 held up in the world of surrogacy, but being an intended parent, it is crucial to think about your plans once your angel arrives. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Get reading.
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There are tons of pages online and offline devoted to newborn care and parenting. All this information could be overwhelming, so it’s wise to read one or two of them at a time just to help you lay down your parenthood expectations early on.
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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 offer advice regarding preparing for the arrival of your baby, and also on services that you will need from that time on.

3. Get ready for change.

At least for the first few months, your life will probably be mostly about your new 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. Start gathering baby essentials.

, and get started on 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 challenging, but friends and family generally know that. Be happy to accept help; in fact, accept a support system for when your baby finally arrives.

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. There are times when some things don’t go as intended, even if we only intended for the best for our child, and that is okay. You have to learn to let go.

7. Enjoy your journey!

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! Only the pregnancy isn’t yours – the child is.