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Birth Mother Matters Podcast S2, Ep200: November is National Adoption Month November is National Adoption Month!  Learn how you can suport all members of the adoption triad.  Also, learn how and why the holidays may be difficult for and how you can help!  Keep on learning about all things adoption!
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Ep.59: Adoption & Abortion in the News Part 2 A parent may lose the right to object to the adoption of a child by failing, without justifiable cause, to make child-support payments “as required by law or judicial decree,” the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26. Southwest Airlines made a beautiful tribute to a couple who adopted a new baby and was traveling home from Colorado to California.  They invited the all the paaengers to particpate by writting notes to the new adoptive couple on southwest napkins.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption 13: Grief & Loss in Adoption Part 2 of 3: Adoptive Families Adoptive parents may experience grief and loss to some degree both before, during and after the adoption process.  Understand that with adoption comes change; people deal with change in different ways; some easily acclimate to change, while others take time and may experience grief.   Adding a a new family member can take time, effort, acceptance and sometimes outside assistance may be helpful.  Change can be difficult and everyone deals with it differently. Resources for adoptive parents are more readily available now than 50 years ago.  Learn about resources that are available to you. Not all adoptive parents adopt because they cannot biologically have children.  However, for those individuals that cannot biologcally conceive have to let go of one dream to begin another.  Letting go of a dream of bearing your own biological children is a loss.  It is important to resolve issues surrounding the loss  of this dream before starting an adoption plan.   Remember, taking a different route in life isn’t always easy and may not have been your original plan or dream.  Adoption most likely is not the road your child’s birth mother's first choice either..  Adoption shouldn’t be looked at as plan b, it should be viewed as journey to parenthood, a blessing.  Life often reminds us that when one door closes another door opens.  Thankfully, life affords us opportunities and adoption is an opportunity to become a mother or father.   “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
Birth Mother Matters in  Adoption Season 3, Ep209:  Roe v. Wade Overturned The U.S. Supreme Court on 6/24/2022 overturned its landmark decision Roe v. Wade that had previously secured the federal right to obtain an abortion.  The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and leaves the practice of abortion in the states' hands.  "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” read the majority opinion. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6/24/2022,  in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that the Constitution does not guarantee a right to abortion.  Under Roe and the court’s 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states had not been allowed to enact bans on most abortions until after a pregnancy had reached the threshold of fetal viability, when it is believed that an unborn child could survive outside the womb.  The states that are predicted to impose an abortion ban are Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.  Three other states — Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina — are likely to ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Two other states — Arizona and Florida — have passed 15-week bans this year. Will this impact adoption?  What will happen next? Listen, Learn, Love.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Episode 3-208 The Supreme Court Leak The leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision that would strike down Roe v. Wade signals the Court is poised to reverse the landmark 1973 case that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Learn how this landmark case may affect adoptions. Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matter Adoption Podcast S3, Ep207:  First Conversation With a Birth Mother Learn about the first phone call with a birth mother.  Learn about what to talk about and how to prepare. Adoption Matters. Live.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters in  Adoption Podcast Season 3, Episode 206: Combatting the Adoption Naysayers Learn about the importance of adoption awareness and how important it is to have knowledge and education to promote truth.  All members of society and your social ciricle may share the same beliefs you have about adoption.  Its not important for everyone to agree with your belief system or perspective, however it is important that those around you are educated in adoption and understand facts and truth.  Adoption awareness is one of the most important ways you can promote the importance, normalization of and the prevalance of adoption.
Birth Mother Matters Adoption Podcast S3, Ep205: A Very Special Family Jen, Joe, Tina and Samson join us for this episode of Birth Mother Matters in Adoption to discuss their open adoption.  Listen to how they have developed a an open adoption relationship with one another that transcends the "normal" open adoption- listen to why they chose this relationship, how they achieved it and how they plan on continuing to maintain it.  We can all learn from families who explore the boundaries of open adoption and succeed! Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters Adoption Podcast S3, Ep204: Abortion Law Updates In the U.S. 2021 has been a year full of change, especially in the Abortion World.  Across the United States, many individual states have amended their laws and many are in the process of continuing to amend them.  The wait for the Supreme Court ruling on what could lead to overturning Roe V. Wade hangs in the balance.  This podcast will get you up tp speed on what happened to many abortion laws during 2021.
Birth Mother Matters Adoption Podcast S3, Ep203: Abortion Laws Around the World 2021 has been a year of many changes in the abortion world.  Today we explore the differences in abortion laws across the world and and how they may or may not impact the laws here in the United States.  Listen to the vast differences between country, how some countries' abortion laws may surprise you and the numerous changes made this past year.  Abortion and adoption are two different choices for unplanned pregnancies and educations brings awareness and awareness brings change.
Birth Mother Matters In Adoption Podcast S3, Ep202: A Christmas Message From our families to yours, Merry Christmas.
Birth Mother Matters In Adoption Podcast S3, Ep201: Being Thankful in All Things Reunification in adoption doesn't always work out the way we think.   Finding ways to be thankful.  Learn about adoption reunifcation when it doesn't work out the way we think it will.
Birth Mother Matters Podcast S2, Ep 199: People's Fascination With Adoption Learn about the reasons society is fascinated with adoption, what the most commonly asked questions are and why it is an issue.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Podcast Season 2, Episode 198: 20 Reasons Why Women Choose Adoption There are a multitude of reasons that birth mothers choose adoption.  Here are twenty of the reasons...  Too young- teen momNot ready to be a parentIn financial distressDesire for baby to have the best life possibleStruggling with addictionPregnancy is a result of rape or incestNo support – single parent maybe, no family?Life is presently unstable: unemployed/homelessWanting different things out of life:  College, Demanding Job etc…Family is not in agreement with you parenting a babyBroken up with the birth fatherCPS/DCS- state involvement with other childrenDon't believe in abortion- religiousSignificant/severe health issuesCurrently in a  Domestic Violent situationDon't have the  time/resources/patience for another childDesire for your child raised in a two parent familyThe baby will have special needs and you are unable to care for your babyAdoption is free for BMs and they may be able to receive assistanceThe belief in adoption, maybe experienced adoption before These 20 reason for women choosing to make an adoption plan are only some of the reasons women choose adoption. Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Podcast S2, Episode 197: The Adoption Influence What influences society's view of adoption and how does that influence adoptive families? Adoption isn’t taboo, and we need to celebrate it, just like you would the news of a pregnancy.  Share in the joy!   Maybe plan a “Sip & See” after the adoption is finalized? Remember when somone is sharing their exciting news of choosing to adopt: Be mindful of thestories you tell…Hold off on a summerization of "Lifetime-type" movies.Its not the time to tell the stories of adoption disruptions of others.  (Additionally, you may not have the whole story.)Remember that your words matter.  Use adoption- friendly word chpices and be mindful of what you say and the way in which you say it.Keep in mind that additionally, your or others' reposnses may be influenced by various types of Influences, such asSocial MediaEducation LevelPersonal ExperienceGenerational InfluenceSocial Influence If you offer your congratulations and support, that will mean the world to the person(s) adopting.  If you have questions, maybe hold off for a bit until the news is shared with everyone intended.  Adoption support is needed, and the importance and value of adoption matters.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption 2:196: Spreading the Love of Adoption Spreading the Love of Adoption, raising adoption awareness- what you can do to make an impact on elevating the understanding, acceptance and choice of adoption. Giving adoption a voice. Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Podcast  2:195:  Following Up on Topics Follow-up on previous topics previously discussed:  online adoptive profiles, Fund raising, abortion news, separation anxiety, holiday giving. Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Podcast 2:194 Separation & Anxiety For Adoptees Sparation Anxiety can be a common issue among adoptees.    Adoptees may experience separation & anxiety during their lifetime.  Adoptees may find comfort in knowing that they are not alone, goodbyes can be very difficult. Loved ones can gather an understanding adoptee separation anxiety and ways to support them. Listen. Learn. Love. Giving adoption a voice.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2; Episode 193: Against Medical Advice Sometimes in an adoption situation, Birth Mothers do not stay for the medically advised duration after they deliver their baby.  Listen and learn why this happens.  Adoptive families need to learn and prepare for what may/may not happen when its time for Labor and Delivery! Listen.  Learn.  Love.
Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Ep 2-192: Birth Mothers Show Their Strength Listen to Birth Mothers as their share their adoption stories.  Listen as they talk about what their experience was really like.  Listen.  Learn. Love.
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