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Birth Mother Stories: A Longitudinal Walk Through the Decades

August 26, 2014

Previously, I introduced you to three women who had the experiences of placing a child for adoption in the 1960s, the 1980s, and the 2000s. They told us their adoption stories as birth mothers and shared their thoughts on what needed to change with the way adoptions were done. We continue the conversation here. Lee, […]

Trajectory: Birth Mother Stories Through the Decades

August 13, 2014

We are products of our times. What’s going on around us has has a huge effect on what goes on within us — the pressures we face, the opportunities we have, the decisions we ultimately make (or have made on our behalf). I’m realizing that this is especially true for birth mothers and the stories […]

How to Survive Mother’s Day if You’ve Experienced Adoption or Infertility

April 29, 2014

Not everyone gets warm Hallmarky feelings about Mother’s Day. While the maternally privileged (like me, currently both having a mom and being a mom) buy cards and flowers and/or receive cards and flowers, others dread this time of year. Many of these Mother’s Day dreaders are connected through the experience of adoption, some also through […]

Ready or Not, Glasnost is Coming to Adoption

November 21, 2013

Glasnost means openness. Mikhail Gorbachev saw its inevitability and decided to get in front of the parade. Those who today patrol outdated walls that oppress people would do well to follow Gorbachev’s lead. People like NJ Governor Chris Christie, NY Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and others who have dedicated themselves to preserving walls built on a […]