Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthmothers (Merry Bloch Jones)

I liked this book - think I would have probably enjoyed it even more if I hadn't read the girls who went away. The "good" thing is that both books picked up on the same major themes about first moms and their experiences, so it helps confirm the qualitative research.

While Fessler focued mainly on the social pressure for women during this era to relinquish, this book, I think, paints a fuller picture of the experience of being a first mom, the impact on different life area, etc. As an aparent, I also found the chapter on relating to a parents and surrendered children particularly interesting. 

I am glad I read it. I can't help but wonder what kind of books will be written about open adoption in twenty years.

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