What is a “birth mother”?

In 1975, with "Snowden", planning my Mexico trip

When I announced my new book after Quaker worship Sunday morning, everyone present drew a blank at the meaning of the title, BIRTH MOTHER.  I used the term “birth mother” as that was the popular term in 1976, the year in which my book was set, in referring to the biological mother of a child who also has an adoptive mother. Six years earlier, when I signed the adoption papers in January of 1970,  the popular terms were “unwed mother” or “natural mother”.

I was instructed to write “final surrender” next to my signature on the adoption papers. Later, this term morphed into “placement”. Today it might be something else, I don’t know.

You can read more about the terminology and history of adoption in Wikipedia.

BIRTH MOTHER is available for the Kindle.

A print copy will be available in a few months, and I’ll post here and on Facebook to let you know.

11 thoughts on “What is a “birth mother”?

  1. Joanna you are a true mother and I suspect always were. I wouldn’t have been making sandwiches for Burke that is for sure. 🙂

  2. Joanna – I was very moved by your memoir. The 20-something Joanna has been compassionately revisited by the much wiser woman she became! Congratulations on more job well done, Deb

  3. Do you know when the print version will be out? I haven’t been drawn to Kindle, etc., but I want to read your book.

    • Hi Laura, I am right now in the process of ordering my proof copies! So it should just be a few weeks, I hope. I’ll definitely post to my blog when the print copies are available. I would like to hear from you after you have read my book, with your feedback. All the best, Joanna

      • Thanks, Joanna. Will there be any way I can purchase a copy directly rather than on the internet? I admit that I don’t place orders through the internet.

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