Watch as two dads remember their newborn adoption process. They reminisce about discovering their newborn was on his way — and how Renown Health subsequently helped them navigate the process.
During Memorial Day weekend, Chris Mulhern and his husband, Jeffrey Bodimer, learned a set of birth parents chose them to parent their unborn baby boy. They had written a letter to the birth parents and were chosen by them over other applicants in a private adoption.
The adoption agency took care of many of the details, like connecting Mulhern and Bodimer to the birth mother and dad, so they could participate in nearly all the phases of the pregnancy. The mother’s prenatal care and delivery took place at Renown Health, where Mulhern and Bodimer attended her appointments and took childbirth classes.
“Our experience was wonderful at Renown,” says Mulhern. “We thought it was absolutely incredible how nice and accepting everyone was.”
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Their son, Bradley, was born via cesarean section, and the adoptive parents got to see him an hour after he came into the world. The labor and delivery nurses helped coordinate everything between them and the birth mom.
Mulhern and Bodimer stayed in a room at The Inn at Renown. The proximity of the facility on the Renown campus made it possible to feed Bradley every two hours.
“They were great, the nursing staff. If we weren’t sure about doing something right, about burping him right they would say ‘It’s okay. He’s not going to blow up. He will eventually do it’,” says Mulhern.
The nurses also made accommodations for the two dads so they could participate in skin-to-skin contact with their newborn baby. Experts agree that parents and babies should be in direct contact for at least the first 1–2 hours after the birth.
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