Legal adoption for same-sex couples

Naomi Hanna, Certified Nurse Midwife, shares advice for same-sex parents on the legal process for same-sex couples to adopt a child
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Legal adoption for same-sex couples

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So, some states have allowed called second parent adoption or stepparent adoption and it wasn't necessarily set in place in New Mexico for two moms, for a lesbian couples, wanting to be both legal parents to the child. But, it sometimes allowed that two women can use and it's wonderful because, as long as the biological father relinquishes rights legally, then the second mother, the non-biological mother, can apply for parenthood and it's being on the birth certificate. So, in New Mexico, what happens is our donor had to go before the judge and say, "I relinquish all rights to this child forever." And, I had to go before the judge and say, "I wish to share my parental rights with this woman, my partner, forever." And, the judge says, "Are you sure?" And, you say, "I'm sure." And, they say, "Is anyone cursing you to make this decision. It's very dramatic." And, then, in the end, you have both the moms' names on the birth certificate. In every state a little bit different, but many states have these laws that two women can use.

Naomi Hanna, Certified Nurse Midwife, shares advice for same-sex parents on the legal process for same-sex couples to adopt a child

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Certified Nurse Midwife

Naomi Hannah is a midwife who has worked in several birth settings: she has been a Doula, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and is now a Certified Nurse Midwife. Naomi has approached the many facets of birthing from various angles; a birth center, a home birth practice, and currently a hospital-based practice. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her partner of 13 years and their two children, Eden who is 10 and Ezra, seven, both born with the help of known donors. Her personal experience and professional skills have made it possible to help other women conceive at home with alternative insemination.  She is also a singer-songwriter who has taught preschool music classes. She enjoys sharing music with her children and watching their musical language unfold. 

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