Although the term "birth mother" is sometimes used to describe a pregnant woman during the process planning to place her child with an adoptive couple, a birth mother more often refers to a woman who has raised a child through the nine months of pregnancy and has already placed a child with an adoptive family. It is also used to refer to a biological mother in any other adoption circumstance. The necessity to distinguish between parental roles usually occurs after a birth mother's parental rights have been terminated and an adoptive mother assumes parental rights to the child.
What brings women to decide to place their child is usually for the best interest of the child. The woman may be making the decision because she doesn't have the resources to care for the child or she doesn't want the child to be brought up by a single parent. She may also be too young to raise a child alone or she may have educational or professional goals that would be greatly affected by the birth and raising of a child. Because placement of a child is a life-long and life-changing experience that a woman must make a nine-month commitment to, many women experience vastly different pre- and post-placement emotions and perspective that range from doubt, to grief and guilt. The experience can be especially difficult if she is young and felt pressured during the placement process. Many states have laws that regulate the period of time after placement that adoptive parents can cover counseling expenses or the kind of pre-placement expenses they can pay for. Although many women feel powerless during the adoption process, the law and most of the adoption community work their hardest to empower young mothers.
For many women, placing a child with an adoptive family is a life-long commitment that they may find themselves reflecting on at times that would be important in the child's life. It can be confusing, particularly later in life, so understanding what it means to be a birth mother early on, such as statutory rights pre- and post-placement, the possibility for an open adoption, and the potential for search and reunion when the child is a legal adult are all considerations that can make being a birth mother an easier role.
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Category: Birth Parents
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November 28, 2013, 9:38 pm
Male born January 1961 Castro Valley California searching for birth mother. I know her name is Danielle and know my name at birth. Since using this forum I have located my father, four brothers and one sister. This has been awesome finding them and we have all met. It would be even better to at...Rejection is bitter to swallow
November 24, 2013, 10:43 pm
Well my uncle spoke to my birth mother yesterday and she refused to talk about any of it to the point she said its in the past period . It's so sad for me to know that I will probably never know who my father is/was or if I have any half siblings through him. There is a father out there who never...
Searching for info on birth mother / family and possible reunion
November 6, 2013, 4:46 pm
My name is Bob Rhea. I was born on July 7, 1962 in Bristol, TN. My birth name was Wayne Edward ? (last name unknown). I was adopted when I was approximately 8 weeks old by the Rhea family of Castlewood, VA. I know a little about my birth mother. She was 20 years old when she gave birth to...resources to help 4 year old understand his adoption.
November 7, 2013, 10:09 pm
My son knows he is adopted and we have incorporated this subject into everyday life since he was born. He realizes he did not come from my belly. That topic came up when he was 3 due to so many women from our weekly play group being pregnant. He knows some things. Our situation is a bit precarious...
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