Cathy C. Schubert, MD
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Schubert C.; What Adoption Gave Me. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:803-804. doi: 10.7326/M15-1225
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(10):803-804.
In our society, stories about childhood adoption run the gamut. They may be tales of tragedy involving loss, abuse, neglect, Child Protective Services, and foster care. In other instances, the stories are of salvation, warmth, adversity overcome, and love.
A voice seldom heard from in adoption stories, however, is that of the birth mother. At best, a birth mother is sometimes lauded for giving a miraculous gift to a loving family in need of a child. At worst, she is viewed with suspicion and scorn for getting “knocked up” in the first place, for choosing to carry her child to term when other options are available, for giving up the chance to parent and allowing strangers to raise her child. But most often, birth mothers remain quietly in the shadows, thinking about the babies they carried below their hearts for all those months; hoping they are healthy; and wondering whether they have blue eyes, brown hair, or their mother's smile.
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