Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Disenfranchised Loss Experienced by Birth Mothers

      Another kind of disenfranchised loss worth mentioning is the loss experienced by mothers who are placing their children for adoption. This is not a kind of loss I had ever considered before this project. However, my eyes are opening and my definition of loss becoming more expansive and inclusive. During my research on the topic of loss experienced by birth moms I discovered an organization doing great work for birth moms. Birth Mom Missions is a non-profit organization created by and for birth mothers of adoption. Their mission is to offer services and support to women who have or are placing their child through adoption. According to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, "the relinquishing mother is at risk for long-term physical, psychological, and social repercussions. Although interventions have been proposed, little is known about their effectiveness in preventing or alleviating these repercussions."

    Brooke, the found of Birth Mom Missions, has created an affiliated YouTube page where she promotes her organization but also talks about a lot of the personal aspects of her experience with adoption. I think this is a wonderful way for her to not only reach out to birth moms but, also, to inform a potentially uninformed population on the aftermath, for lack of a better word, of putting your child up for adoption. Here is a video from her YouTube channel. I encourage you to watch it and to check out the organization. 

As always; thanks for reading and please remember to be sensitive, understanding, and always broaden you definition of "loss".

Until Next Time,
Be well.

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