Is Anyone Out There?: Finding Support as a Birth Mother.
, No. 88 National Council for Adoption
225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2561
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This brief explains the grief and loss felt by birth mothers when they place their child for adoption and the benefits of connecting with other birthmothers. The creation of the BirthMom Buds organization and website to provide a supportive community for pregnant women considering adoption and those who have already placed a child for adoption is described. Features of the website are discussed, as well as strategies adoption professionals, agency staff, and counselors can use to better support the birth parents they serve. Strategies include: don’t just drop birth parents once they have placed their baby, set up a system to contact birth mothers on a regular basis for the first year post-placement, try to reach out to the birth moms with whom you have worked around Mother’s Day, and set up monthly support groups or get-togethers for birth mothers. Recommendations are also provided for family and friends, other birth moms, and adoptive parents.
birth mothers; grief; loss; coping skills; adoption; consent to adoption; birth parent support groups