After the birth mother has recovered from the delivery, a social worker for the hospital will normally meet with her alone in her room. It is the job of the social worker to discuss the situation with the birth mother in a sensitive and professional manner, and to determine whether she still intends to place the child for adoption. she is given the opportunity to change her mind. This is why no one else is allowed in the room. There should be no pressure placed upon the birth mother one way or the other.
If the birth mother indicates she does still want to place, she will be asked to sign a form called a “Release of Baby” form. this form is generated by the hospital and cannot be prepared by the adoption attorney. The form authorizes the adoptive couple to have complete access to the child in the hospital and take the baby home from the hospital. The form is made a part of the birth mother’s chart.
From the time the birth mother signs the form, the hospital will treat the adoptive parents as the parents of the child. They will be free to go to the nursery and hold the child, bond with the child and feed the child. They will not, however, have freedom to make medical decisions for the child. This authority remains with the birth mother as long as she is still in the hospital.