Deciding to Adopt
My husband and I have been struggling with infertility. We’re starting to think about adopting. How did you decide?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I have stage 4 endometriosis. I had four laparoscopic surgeries and two failed invitro fertilization attempts, all while I was doing my “indentured servitude” where you do loan repayment for a hospital, working 100 hours a week. My husband and I started to think about adoption, and we even contacted a few adoption agencies.
Then we took a vacation to China. Serendipitously, our tour guide was an adoption counselor by night, and so we talked with him about adoption during our tour. Also, a bus we took on our way back to the airport turned out to be a “baby bus,” filled with families bringing home adopted Chinese babies. During that trip, we had this incredible aha moment, when we realized that this was what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it.
When we got home, we focused our adoption efforts on China, and 18 months later we brought our daughter, Katrina, home. An amazing thing is that we were actually in China on the day that she was born: March 15, 2005.
–Kindra Browning, DO, a mom of one with two more adoptions on the way and a board-certified physician at Union Hospital in New Philadelphia, OH, who specializes in the treatment of hypertension and diabetes and in preventive medicine