The Creation of Us (S2:E5) – Anatomy and Adoption

** OGTV celebrates World Adoption Day with a re-release of this episode of the Creation of Us where we are reminded of the long journey that Heather and Christen had to take before they could become the legal parents of their baby to be, Freya. **

Becoming pregnant and giving birth are the two most celebrated moments for a couple starting a family. But what happens in between, especially for an LGBTQ couple? In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Heather and Christen take us on two important expert visits – one at the hospital for a full body scan of the baby and one to an attorney to review all of the legal requirements and protections that will allow them to become the family they want to be.


They start at Winthrop Hospital near their home in Westbury, Long Island. It's Week 21 of the pregnancy and time for the scheduled Anatomy Scan to verify that the baby is developing normally. "What I'm most excited for today is that we haven't seen the baby in about eight weeks," Christen noted. "I'm excited to hear the heartbeat again and to just be able to see how it's growing. I can't wait to be able to see it moving around and know that everything is all OK."

At this stage, an expert's eye can tell what the sex of the baby is. After the exam, the hospital team put their findings in a sealed envelope and gave it to them and now Heather and Christen have to battle their curiosity and not peek. They have a special moment planned for revealing this secret and it's going to be very hard not to sneak a look.

Their next stop is with an adoption attorney to make sure they understand all of the procedures and paperwork for Heather to adopt the baby and become a legally approved parent. They want to learn and understand their rights as an LGBTQ couple and avoid any issues that would to slow down the process or prevent them from achieving their goals.

"My fears on this entire adoption process are … is this going to work? … will this be approved? ," Heather admitted. "I know obviously that this is legal, but I'm just nervous for any bumps in the road." Christen wants to make sure they are clear about all of the protections recently passed laws provide as well as any possible hurdles that are not clear so that they can figure out how to get over them, together.

With the baby due in the fall, this may be the toughest part of their journey so far. See how Heather and Christen lean of each other as they navigate through the medical and legal realities of becoming parents in these complicated times.

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