"We all deserve to have peace with this choice; the choice we made in love." — Kelsey's Story
I believe birth moms have a certain resilience and we all deserve to have peace with this choice; the choice we made in love. - Kelsey, birth mom #BraveLove
16, Pregnant and Nervous — Emily's Story
Leading up to my daughter’s birth, I was so nervous. I knew placing her for adoption was the right decision for me and for my baby. I also knew it was going to be very difficult, physically and emotionally.
"I had no family support"
"I get to see my children, talk to them and witness them growing up loved and happy with so many opportunities." - Sarah, birth mom #BraveLove
Santa Clause, Oprah, and High Hopes — An Adoptee's Search
I hate secrets and surprises. I always have. I attribute this to being a curious person, but on an extreme level. And, even that can be attributed, or at least partially due, to growing up never knowing where I came from, but rather where I ended up.
Freshman in College, Scared, Nervous & Alone — Shelbi's Story
"This wasn’t a moment to be selfish, it was a moment to be realistic about this child’s future." - Shelbi, birth mom, #BraveLove
The Bond Between Mothers — Charity's Story
"As a birth mom, I am forever grateful for my daughter's mother..." - Charity, birth mom, #BraveLove
I Was Scared that if I Held Her I'd Never Let Her Go — Laurisa's Story
"My gratitude has outweighed any negative feeling that surfaces when grieving." - Laurisa, birth mom, #BraveLove
If It Were Not For Her — An Adoptee's Perspective on Life and Why She Shares Her Story
"She changed the course of my life and gave me a family, friends, and community of love." - an adoptee, #BraveLove
"You name it and I've felt it" — a birth mother's story
At 15, I found myself 4 months pregnant. I was lost, ashamed, terrified, and absolutely in love with the life growing inside me.
Why It's Important to Share Your Adoption Story — Stephanie's Journey
My biggest sharing moment came about 22 years ago. A good friend of ours was my OB/GYN (he actually delivered my daughter). I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but I shared my story with him in the hope that if he ever had a patient that needed to hear “another side of a pregnancy story”, I could be helpful.