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AZ Pregnancy Help is dedicated to assisting birth mothers in their adoption journey through Building Arizona Families Adoption Agency. Adoption matters!

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 118: Domestic Violence & Adoption

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 118: Domestic Violence & Adoption

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, #118: Domestic Violence & Its impact On Pregnancy and Adoption

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates abusers target more than 300,000 pregnant women in the U.S. each year, adding that the number may be even higher than that given the reluctance of survivors to disclose abuse, especially during pregnancy.

    Published in March 2017, in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the results show intimate partner violence during pregnancy is “significantly associated with” preterm birth (before 38 weeks) and low birth weight, finding that women who endured abuse while pregnant were almost twice as likely to deliver their babies preterm.

    The National domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) offers help to anyone involved in a domestic violence situation. They help victims as well as survivors, friends and family members. They also provide information on sexual assault, battering intervention and prevention programs. Please make sure to call them if you need help.








     

     

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    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 117:One in Four, Part 2 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 117:One in Four, Part 2 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 117:One in Four, Part 2 of 2

    If you or someone you care about has lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, or any other cause at any point during pregnancy or infancy, please join us in raising awareness this month for October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
    Learn what to say and what not to say to famile is experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth.Understand why our society has groomed us to not disclose to others about the loss of a baby.Learn about foundations that are supporting families in their time of need and what assistance is available.
    #nilmdtsawareness

    #internationalwaveoflight

    #nilmdts

    • 23 min
    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption: One in Four, Part 1 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption: One in Four, Part 1 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption: One in Four, Part 1 of 2

    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 

    It may be uncomfortable to talk about miscarriages or stillbirths, but when we say nothing about the loss of the baby, the grief is not acknowledged.  Just because a birth mother is placing a baby for adoption does not mean she does not care about her baby, actually the opposite is true- she loves her baby so much that she is making the hardest choice.  In my experience when a birth mother miscarries or has a stillbirth, she suffers incredibly, questioning herself if the reason the baby passed away was her fault, did her baby not feel loved enough or wanted and was that why?

    When we are silent about perinatal loss, we send the message that there is no space for mourning, leaving adoptive and birth families isolated and alone in their grief.  The goal of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month of breaking the silence and stigma surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. This month honors the millions of families who have experienced loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

    Pregnancy and infant loss impacts so many families. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.

    • 20 min
    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 115: Birth Control & Adoption P. 2of2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 115: Birth Control & Adoption P. 2of2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2, 115: Birth Control & Adoption Part 2 of 2

    Birth control continues to be a topic that many are still uncomfortable speaking about.  Due to the rating of this podcast, we will be using very general language, please note that this episode may contain language not suitable for children.  Since this podcast is about adoption- the precursor is pregnancy and the precursor to pregnancy is a lack of or ineffective birth control, therefore we feel this is a topic that we must address.

    This podcast is part 2 of 2.  

    Choosing adoption means choosing an option with support, aftercare and access to financial resources.  Adoption is a beautiful choice and one that is increasingly becoming a more popular choice.  If you are pregnant and are considering adoption, we are a licensed, full-service, non-profit Arizona Adoption Agency.  We believe in adoption aftercare services and have a program on site to provide continued support through the Donna K. Evans Foundation.  You can contact us 24/7 at (623) 695-4112.  You are not alone and we want to help, thank you for considering adoption, you are making an amazing choice.

    • 24 min
    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2 Ep. 114 , Birth Control P. 1 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Season 2 Ep. 114 , Birth Control P. 1 of 2

    Birth Mother Matters in Adoption Podcast Season 2 Ep. 114 Birth Control P. 1 of 2

    Birth control continues to be a topic that many are still uncomfortable speaking about.  Due to the rating of this podcast, we will be using very general language, please note that this episode may contain language not suitable for children.  Since this podcast is about adoption- the precursor is pregnancy and the precursor to pregnancy is a lack of or ineffective birth control, therefore we feel this is a topic that we must address.

    Women who place a baby for adoption may return to our adoption agency to place a second baby or maybe even a third. 

    The most commonly asked question is how and why does that occur?

    The best answer to this: a lack of birth control or ineffective birth control due to inaccurate usage or damaged/expired birth control methods.  When I speak with women who come to our agency to place a baby for adoption, we speak about their pregnancy and this conversation takes place whether it is their first adoption with us or their 3rd.  These are the answers I receive when I asked them how they became pregnant:
    “Didn’t use birth control.”“I forgot to get my shot.”“I wanted to have kids.”“I thought I couldn’t get pregnant.”“I had my tubes tied.”“He told me he couldn’t have kids.”“We have never had to use birth control before.”“I thought he was going to take care of it.”“I have no idea.”

    • 22 min
    Birth Mother Matters In Adoption Season 2 Episode 113: C-Sections in Adoption

    Birth Mother Matters In Adoption Season 2 Episode 113: C-Sections in Adoption

    Birth Mother Matters In Adoption Season 2 Episode 113: C-Sections in Adoption

     

    When making a hospital plan, if you are going to be having a scheduled c-section, you can completely detail how you want everything to go.   Normally when having a c-section, you can have one support person in the operating room with you.  Sometimes birth mothers choose the birth father, a family member or friend, the adoptive mother, or the adoption case worker.  Some other benefits of having a c-section when placing a baby for adoption are:
    You can plan around the dates of your c-section; if you are working then you can notify your job of when you will deliver, you can get things accomplished that you want to have achieved before delivery without having to worry about when you will deliver.The adoptive family can plan to be in town if they are coming from another state, rather than trying to catch the next flight out.You have more time (for recovery purposes) in the hospital which gives you more time to bond with the adoptive family and see your baby.Most likely, you won’t have to worry about being pregnant past your due date.
    If you are listening and you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and want more information about adoption, we are a local Arizona Adoption Agency.  We are available 24/7 by phone or text at (623) 695-4112.  We can make an immediate appointment with you to get started on creating an Arizona Adoption Plan or just give you more information. 

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