When Birth Moms Get The Blues

After an adoption is finalized, birth parents may experience intense depression or grief. If it happens in your open adoption, here's what you can do to help.

Birth parent grief is common after adoption
Even birth mothers who feel certain about their adoption plans are sometimes surprised by the intensity — and complexity — of their feelings after their baby is born. They may feel a surge of connection to him, as well as pride, sadness, and grief. As Holly Holleran, a 22-year-old birth mother, says: "The months after my son was born were a roller coaster. I was in such denial before the birth. But as soon as I saw my child, I ...

It may take some time for your child’s birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.

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