Adoption and Trauma: One Birth Mother's Opinion — Part Three

Healing from Adoption Trauma and PTSD In the first two parts of this article series, I defined trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and offered examples from my personal life to show that choosing adoption does not mean that a birth mother is guaranteed to suffer trauma. Here’s what I want you to know: The […]

Adoption and Trauma: One Birth Mother's Opinion — Part Two

Adoption and a PTSD Diagnosis In Part 1 of this article series, I offered a definition of trauma and explained how a traumatic event is a perception of that occurrence. The conclusion that I arrived at was that adoption is not a guaranteed traumatic event. While there may be a grief process after placement, that […]

Adoption and Trauma: One Birth Mother's Opinion — Part One

Is Adoption a Trauma? What is trauma? Is adoption traumatic? Is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) inevitable for the woman who chooses adoption for her baby? Can you heal from choosing adoption? Is it possible to transition from life as a mother to a birth mother in a healthy way? How do birth mothers choose a […]