Some chose the name that their birth mothers
had originally given them.
Councils across the country have adopted policies of acting as intermediaries between birth mothers
and their children, offering counselling and arranging contact between both parties or at least giving "essential" information to let mothers know their children are safe and well.
Van Sleet and Orlet founded the support group to help birth mothers
deal with these problems and to help them find their children, if they wish.
It may well be that if asked to explain themselves, the legislators, and the Uniform Law Commissioners whose statute they were adopting, would have stated that they treated birth mothers
as the legal mothers because they are genetically related to their children.
Melosh superbly interprets the dynamics of unplanned pregnancy from the perspective of both the white birth mother
and social workers, especially in presenting the spectrum of birth mothers
' responses to this controversial issue.
Instead of a child-focused adoption book, Melosh is primarily concerned with the experiences of birth mothers
and adoptive parents and she shows how their experiences reflect American society's views and the social issues surrounding adoption.
Most birth mothers
have open adoptions where they are allowed to keep in touch with the children.
The 31-year-old sales executive from the New York City area and her partner of ten years, social worker Sharon Cuff, favored international adoption because foreign birth mothers
cannot rescind their decisions and because they knew that U.
Though the children -- all adoptees -- called only their adopted mother "mom," their birth mothers
were also present to share the moment.
Motherhood Silenced is a welcome addition to existing research studies about the experiences of birth mothers
who, through social stigma and pressure, had no choice but to place their illegitimate child for adoption.