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Birth Mothers

I Got Botox for my Babymama

Kathleen Dennehy | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Kathleen Dennehy

Dear Reader: This is the backstory of This Old Mom, and happened in 2012. Clarification: Babymama is NOT my biological mother, but a birth mother we...

6 Candid Tips from Birth Mothers to Help Expectant Parents Considering Adoption

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 12.15.2016 | Parents
Felicia Curcuru

"Is adoption right for me and my baby?" While hindsight can be 20/20, it can be hard to figure out the right thing to do when the unexpected has happe...

How Do Women Feel After Placing Their Baby For Adoption?

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 10.15.2016 | Women
Felicia Curcuru

Adoption can be a joyous and beautiful process that creates love and family. However, with every adoption and every union, there is also loss, a biological parent being separated from their child. Even if a birthparent is happy with her choice of adoption, there is still a grieving process.

Honoring All Mothers on Mother's Day

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Every one of us has at least one woman who served a part in our being here and/or being raised to the best of their ability. May we open our hearts to ALL mothers - not just those who might be featured in a Hallmark special.

Thinking More Broadly About Mothering This Mother's Day

Christine French Cully | Posted 05.01.2016 | Parents
Christine French Cully

This year, I invite you to join me in thinking more broadly about mothering, and in passing along these Mother's Day sentiments.

Honoring and Remembering Birth Mothers on Mother's Day

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

The path to motherhood is wide and varied. On Mother's Day, we recognize that mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Yet we often neglect to honor and remember birth mothers who make an adoption plan for their babies after they are born.

Big Lessons That Transcend the Movie: There Are Philomenas All Around Us

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Pertman

The reality is that during the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland.

'I Was Terrified That My Son Might Not Like Me'

2013-05-15-NYCwoman150.jpg | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM NYCity Woman Toy Dupree, 66, recently found the son she had given up for adoption when she was 21. by Claire Berman Toy Dupree, ...

The Secret My Mother Finally Told Me

Alice Hoffman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Alice Hoffman

If we could somehow time-travel and meet our mothers when they were 8-year-olds who were afraid of thunder storms, or college students in love with the wrong man, or young mothers-to-be awaiting our births, all that we believe that we know would likely replaced by a different vision.

How It Felt To Let My Foster Daughter Go

Rachel Joyce | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

There are five little names on a chain around my neck. Three of those names belong to the babies I bore biologically, and two of those little names are babies I got to raise for a short time and then let them go.

Equal Rights for All: It's Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give short-shrift to the decades-long effort to achieve equality for millions of people in another segment of our population: Americans who were adopted into their families.

Should Adoption Be a Reproductive Right?

Cristina Page | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Just like women who choose abortion, women who make an adoption plan are subject to shame, coercion, misinformation, unfavorable laws, and the politicization of their choice. It is here that the reproductive rights movement may recognize a role for itself.