Adoption from care : Maternity narratives of birth mothers
The loss of a child is a difficult experience for birth mothers who release their child for adoption either voluntarily or through court proceedings. Research suggests that birth mothers experience sadness, anger, loss and guilt. This experience could significantly alter their capacity to bound to another child afterwards.
Through 13 interviews conducted with 7 birth mothers, this study aims to explore the reality of birth mothers whose child is adopted as a result of the youth protection intervention. This presentation will focus on how birth mothers narrates their experience of maternity and how they perceive their relation to their child before and beyond adoption.
In line with Marinopoulos clinical work (2010), result reveal two divergent narrative in a similar context of psychosocial adversity. For some the act of relinquishing their child was seen as an act of protection and a way to curse their destiny, while for others it has been a negative trigger who add up to other significant difficulties. Parallel with psychodynamic theories and the concept of psychological presence will be drawn and suggestions for intervention will be addressed.