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