Lab Worker in Hospital Adopts a Preemie Two Floors Above

Oh, this is a great story! Gina from Alabama is an adoptive parent; she and her husband tried for  years to get pregnant. She told me this week, “After an ectopic pregnancy, we had all but given up. I told God if he wanted me to have a baby then he would have to literally drop a baby  on my head because I was done, I was through, it was horrible.”

Gina worked third shift, at the time, in a hospital lab and about three months later (after her ultimatum to God!), she was working an overnight shift. Suddenly, her “work angel” in the neonatal unit two floors up told Gina there was a newborn preemie on her floor and the baby’s terrified young birth mother from another state was giving her up for adoption at 10 a.m. the following morning.

Gina remembered, “Every part of me, especially my gut, told me to act and now. NOW. The birth mother and I spoke briefly and then I called my husband, woke him from a dead sleep, to tell him that we had to make one of the most important decisions of our lives but we only had a few minutes to do it because we had to call our lawyer immediately!

“When I arrived, panting and out of breath, terrified that something had changed …  All the other babies were out on the floor with their mommies and our little 4-pound, 13-ounce angel was the only one in there and she looked so tiny in that big empty room in that hospital bassinet. Later, my husband, whispered that she had nothing to worry about, mommy and daddy were here now and we would take care of everything. When Freddy heard the door open he looked at me and then told her, “There’s your mommy now,” and it  jerked me to my knees.”

When Gina and the birth mother spoke in the hospital, Gina sobbed. “I told her that she didn’t know me but I felt our paths had crossed for a reason.  I promised her daughter a good home, a  college education, total devotion, and unconditional love forever.  I don’t know if it was the tone of my voice or the words I used but with the birth mother was convinced. The following day she signed some papers and left the state.”

That was 10 years ago, and daughter Katelyn is 10 years old and gorgeously healthy. And, yes, very nearly dropped right on Gina’s head.

I couldn’t have written a story more wonderful, rethinks Gina! Tell me your adoption story here in Comments!

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  1. by Shan

    On December 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    oh sorry but yuck – the mother was scared and you were praying nothing would change? there are babies out there who have no parents or poorly equipped parents, not young scared moms. you are raising a baby that should have been kept with the mother with the right support and encouragement perhaps. i hope you will at least let his little person meet this woman, the birth mother when the baby is older and the mom can explain that she was confuse d and it should not have gone down that way.

  2. by Amy

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Wow – couldn’t disagree more Shan. I think this is a great story and a win win for everyone.