This guest post is by Sophie Yang, an infertility specialist.
The stages of grief and acceptance people go through while undergoing infertility treatment can help you move to adoption with an open heart and mind if the infertility treatment doesn’t work.
The time spent working through the stages of infertility helps you decide where your priorities are.
If being a parent is the most important thing to you then if your fertility journey ends without a baby you’ve worked through most of your feeling about having a biological child and are ready to start your adoption journey with an open heart. Read More
This guest post is by Amanda Dodson, a birthmother
On July 2nd, 2016 I found out I was pregnant. I was by myself in a Walgreens bathroom.
I called my best friend at the time and she told me everything would be okay and she’s there for me.
I was terrified to tell my parents because they had said if I got pregnant I couldn’t live there anymore.
I told my sister on July 4th and she wasn’t as mad as I thought she’d be. She just told me I needed to figure out what I’m going to do.
Two weeks later I told my mom and my dad two weeks after that. They both were disappointed.
When I told the father, he said he wanted nothing to do with me or the baby ever. His exact words were “I will never love it or meet it.”
How could someone you once thought could be “the One” say those words to you? It hurt so bad. Read More
This guest post is by Jessica Lambert-Villa, a birthmother.
I was 19 years old and had no direction in my life besides going up another year in age.
I worked at a local coffee shop that served everyone from wandering vagabonds to pageant queens .
I admired them all. They all seemed to have a purpose or passion that drove them to get out of bed everyday while I contemplated more than enough reasons to stay in bed.
I never made my own footsteps, only followed down the trudged path.
That path lead me to a dark valley that I never thought I could escape from. But I did.
My journey out of that dark valley started on the morning I found out I was pregnant.
I cried. I hyperventilated. I panicked. I was flooded with thoughts and drowned in fears.
“I have to get an abortion,” I told myself. “I can’t do this. How could I do this? Maybe I won’t tell, no one will know. One quick painless procedure right? That’s what I will do, its a perfect plan.”
The only problem was I didn’t want an abortion.
But I also didn’t want to be “just another pregnant teenager”. Read More
This guest post is Addison Cooper, the founder of Adoption at the Movies.
Hollywood is preparing to honor this year’s best films at the 2017 Academy Awards, and Adoption at the Movies has just honored this year’s most adoption-friendly films with our Adoption at the Movies Awards.
2016 produced several great films, many of which can be particularly useful to adoptive families.
Adoptive parents are often aware of important conversations about adoption that they should have with their children, but are sometimes unconfident or uncertain as to how to start them.
Movies can be bridges into the conversations, making it easier to get those discussions started. Here are three Oscar-nominated films that could be particularly helpful to adoptive families: Lion, Moana, and Piper. Read More