One word to describe how you felt the moment you discovered you were pregnant?
Why did you choose adoption?
I knew I couldn't provide my baby with everything he deserves in life.
What and who played the biggest role in your decision to place your child for adoption?
Myself, I knew from the start that I wanted to go down the adoption road.
What did you think about adoption before you placed? And after you placed?
Before I didn't know all that much about how it worked, but I knew it was the right choice. After I wouldn't have it any other way. It gives me great peace of mind that my son will always be loved and cared for, and he'll have a stable family home.
Looking back, what do you wish you had known then that you know today?
Not to settle on one couple if you feel its not the right match. Don't be afraid to tell them no if you're not confident.
If you could dispel any myths about adoption or birth mothers what would you say?
I still get to see my son, and just because I placed him doesn't mean I didn't want him or I don't love him. I love him more than life itself.
When, if ever, have you felt most discouraged about your decision to place?
Right after I left the hospital, I wished I could have not signed the papers. After I placed him, all those thoughts disappeared. I knew I had made the right decision.
What's been the greatest reward or surprise of being a birth mother?
How much love I have for my son, and how much support there is out there after you placed.
What's your greatest wish for birth mothers today?
That they are at peace with their decision, and that they will be able to be successful. That they will be able to use their personal experiences to help other women who are pregnant, and alone.
What excites you about BraveLove?
That it's opening up more eyes to how adoption can be, not just from the adoptive parents side, but from the eyes of a birth mom too.