"Running to Mommy"

Becoming a mother felt a little like kidnapping, at first. But I learned to trust the decision our daughter's birth mother had made for her.

Becoming a mother in open adoption
Three days after Madison’s birth, I watched my husband buckle her into the car seat. I thought about her birth mother, Jessica, whom we’d left sobbing in the maternity ward. I knew she was aching for her baby, the baby who was now ours. “She’s beautiful,” I said to my husband. He glanced into the rearview mirror. “I know,” he said. We sped through the gray morning, heading home. “I feel like a kidnapper,” I told him. “I know,” he ...

I knew it would be hard for my daughter’s birth mother to give her up. But I didn’t think I’d feel so guilty for taking her.

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