What Birth Moms Want Adoptive Parents to Know

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A panel of birth mothers talking about adoption from their perspective and answering questions from adoptive parents. What is it like to place a child for adoption? What influenced their decision to choose one couple over another? What can adoptive parents do to make the hospital time post birth a little easier? What type of recognition on Mother’s Day feels best? And much more. Host Dawn DavenportExecutive Director of Creating a Family, the national foster care & adoption education and support nonprofit talks with a panel of four birth mothers about adoption.

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  • What term do you prefer “birth mother” or “first mother”?
  • How did friends and family react to your decision to place a child for adoption?
  • Do you tell people you meet that you placed a child for adoption?
  • What do birth mothers look for when choosing a family to adopt their child?
  • What influenced your decision to pick an adoptive family?
  • What do birth mothers appreciate from adoptive parents?
  • What do first mothers wish adoptive families knew?
  • Does open adoption make it easier or harder for birth mothers?
  • Is open adoption the same as co-parenting?
  • How did you decide to make an adoption plan for your child affect your parents and siblings?
  • What is the ideal way for a birth mother/ first mother to celebrate Mother’s Day?
  • How do birth mothers feel about an adoptive mother’s plan to breastfeed the soon to be adopted child?
  • What is the most meaningful gift your child’s adoptive parents have given to you? Any suggestions for an adoptive mom who feels overwhelmed by her son’s birth parents and birth grandparents and extended family.

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Music credit: Michael Ashworth

Originally aired in 2011

31/05/2019 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2019 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows | 5 Comments

5 Responses to What Birth Moms Want Adoptive Parents to Know

  1. Avatar Amber says:

    Hi there!

    In this podcast there is an accompanying blog post mentioned with a story from one of the birth moms on the panel but I’m having difficulty finding it, (mostly due to the amazing number of resourceful topics throughout the site!). Could someone provide the link to the blog post that is mentioned? Thank you for these resources – I plan to fill our adoption wait with all the information I can, especially on adoptee/birth mom perspectives which are so much more difficult to find.

  2. Avatar Andrew Penner says:

    Hi, I had sent this in my smart phone hoping to listen to it sometime but now I can no longer listen to it. Can you please send me a link or something so that I could still hear the radio broadcast please? Thank you

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