birth mothers in adoption

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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Image credit: StockSnap

Music credit: Michael Ashworth

Originally aired in 2011