Spotlight on Blog: Storked

November 1st, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

Recently while waiting at the hair salon, I was reading Glamour Magazine and read about an interesting blog called Storked written by a Glamour journalist. The blurb in the magazine interested me enough for me to write it down and come home and look it up later. The blog is written by Christine Coppa. a twenty six year old single woman who was living it up in New York City, dedicated to her dream job at Glamour Magazine when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant. I’ve been reading through the archives and I’m captivated. Not only am I enjoying her blunt style of writing, but I am enjoying her story. Her teaser sums it up pretty well: Imagine that you’re 26 with a cool job… [more]

High Risk Pregnancy Internet Resource

August 17th, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

A great resource for those of you who may be experiencing high risk pregnancies is the website and non profit organization, Sidelines. While Sidelines is not adoption or unplanned pregnancy specific it is high risk pregnancy specific. Sidelines is a national non profit organization that provides support for expectant mothers who are experiencing high risk pregnancies for one reason or another. Sidelines was founded by 2 women, Laura Maurer and Candice Hurley in July of 1991 and started out as small chapters spread across the United States. In 2001, they re-worked the entire structure of the organization so that they would be able to provide support based on conditions instead of locations, launched the website, and create a central toll free… [more]

Adoption Laws

August 2nd, 2007

There are a lot of laws involving adoption. While you may not be a legal expert, you can still read up a little bit on the adoption laws in order to be prepared for what is up coming as well as to protect yourself. There are no federally mandated adoption laws. The laws differ from state to state. There are laws that dictate when you can sign papers terminating your parental rights. Some states require you to wait a certain amount of time after the birth of your baby before you can sign relinquishment papers. For example, in Arizona you can not sign until 72 hours after the birth of the baby. There are laws that dictate where you can sign the relinquishment… [more]

The Journey Part 3: Parenting Resources

March 12th, 2007

“Being a mother is a noble status, right? So why does it change when you put ‘unwed' or ‘welfare' in front of it?” ~ Gloria Steinem In this post we will explore some resources and support sites that will help you with some of the issues mentioned in the previous posts. I haven’t personally used many of the resources and support sites listed below so I can not personally attest to them. However, they do look like they provide helpful and useful information. I am assuming that some people in unplanned pregnancies will be or become single mothers so some of the resources provided are directed specifically towards single mothers, while others are not so specific. Housing

Website Resource: Lifemothers

January 31st, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

Lifemothers is a website that has tons of information for pregnant women considering adoption and birthmothers or “lifemothers” as the site calls them. Skye Hardwick, birthmother, is the creator of the website Lifemothers. She prefers the term Lifemother over birthmother. As she explains “Lifemoms do more than give birth, we give roots, answers, and love.” You can find a detailed explanation of the term lifemother and why Skye prefers it to birthmother. Lifemothers contains lots of information. As the site explains: Celebrating Mothers. Offering support, resources, and compassion to Lifemothers. Founded by Lifemother, Skye Hardwick, Lifemothers strives to be a safe haven for all Lifemoms; regardless of age, or contact with child. Lifemothers: because a birthmother's role does not end at… [more]

Insight: Open Adoption Resources and Support

January 24th, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

Insight: Open Adoption Resources is a website and non profit organization run by birthmother Brenda Romanchik. From their home page: We are not affiliated with any adoption agency or facilitation service. It is our hope that people at all stages of the adoption process can find the information and support they need to have healthy open adoption relationships. The Insight website has lots of great resources and information for all members of the adoption triad. They have a great section specifically for expectant parents considering adoption containing a lot of valuable information on open adoption and things for you to the think about. Some of the topics covered in the expectant parents considering adoption section are:

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Internet Resource: Sidelines

January 17th, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

Sidelines is a National High Risk Pregnancy Support Network. I first heard about Sidelines by reading an article in a women’s magazine that featured the organization about two years ago. Having been through two high risk pregnancies myself, I was immediately intrigued. Sidelines is a national non profit organization that provides support for expectant mothers in high risk families and their families. They typically serve patients who have been ordered on bed rest by setting them up with a partner who has been through her own high risk pregnancy for support. Description from their website: We realize that pregnancy complications affect more than just your back and joints. You may experience depression, anxiety, hostility, loneliness/isolation, boredom, and guilt! We know all about… [more]

Web Link Wednesday: A Booklet

January 10th, 2007
Categories: Internet resources

A great resource for women considering adoption is a short booklet entitled What you Should Know if you are Considering Adoption for your Baby. This booklet was written by my co-blogger Heather. Clicking on the above link will take you to a PDF file containing the booklet but you can also purchase a hard copy for $2.00 on the Concerned United Birthparents website. The booklet does not sugar coat adoption as others tend to, yet it is a very real look at adoption and the on going issues that you will face for a lifetime if you place your baby for adoption. Heather starts off the booklet by saying: The words that follow are not intended to be anti-adoption. The fact is… [more]

Web Link Wednesdays

January 3rd, 2007

Starting each Wednesday in this New Year, I will feature a different web link. By “web link” I mean that it can be an article, a website, a blog, or just basically anything on the World Wide Web related to adoption or pregnancy. Some of the web links I feature may solely be adoption related while others may be more pregnancy related, but either way as an expectant mother considering adoption, I hope these links will be helpful to you during your pregnancy and as you try to make a decision regarding adoption. If you know of a web link related to adoption or pregnancy that you think is worth sharing, please email me at Without further a due, I bring you the… [more]

Top Baby Names of 2006

January 3rd, 2007

Now that 2006 has come and gone, Baby Center has published their annual Baby Names of the Year list. I always find these lists interesting. Before I share the list, let me just remind expectant moms who may be making adoption plans that you do have the right to choose a name for your child. I have covered this topic before in past posts that I will provide links to at the bottom of this post. The list is extensive and includes the top 100 baby names of 2006 for both boy and girl names but I will just share the top 10 for each gender. You can view the whole top 100 here. Top 10 Girl Names of 2006