Adopting a child through an embryo adoption is exciting and joyful, but it can also bring stress and strain into a couple’s marriage. Our lives are already filled with stresses from work, financial obligations, and other family-related issues, and the adoption process only adds more strain. Some couples considering embryo adoption are still experiencing emotions related to infertility. Others may already have children born to them and are now considering embryo adoption to continue building their family. Regardless of the situation, the adoption process will add more pressure to your life.
If you are and your spouse are considering embryo adoption, here are several suggestions for keeping your marriage strong:
First thing’s first: Make sure you are both in agreement before you begin the adoption process.
It is rare to hear of an adoption story where both parties are on the same page at first when considering embryo adoption. Adopting a child will certainly rank in the top five most important decisions any couple will make. While you may not begin on the same page, it is absolutely essential you both end up on the same page before starting the process.
If you are facing infertility, one way to begin working towards being on the same page is grieving the loss of your genetic child. Couples who adopt after infertility need to acknowledge their loss and grieve them together. If the couple does not reflect on their loss together, they may not be ready to fully enjoy the amazing blessing of adoption. You can watch our webinar for more information on grieving the loss of a genetic child.
Keep the Romance Alive!
Date night is important! Don’t stop enjoying each other’s company because of the stress of the adoption process. Schedule something to do every week, or at least once a month, that has nothing to do with the adoption. Keeping yourselves busy once-in-awhile with other things will help you both to remember your relationship is first and foremost.
It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint
Adjusting to the adoption doesn’t end when you sign the initial paperwork, or complete your home study, or when you are matched, or even when you are holding your new baby. Embryo adoption is a marathon, not a sprint. You will be parents to the child for life. Be prepared to make adjustments to your schedules and lives that you may not have otherwise done.
Communicate, communicate, and communicate
Communicate constantly. There is a tendency to keep things hidden from your spouse. Whether you don’t want to hurt them or you have concerns or doubts that they don’t agree with—it can be a temptation. It is important to set aside time to talk to one another about what is happening. It is also equally important to listen as much as you talk.