The word "birthmother" is becoming more frequently understood to mean a woman whose child has been placed for adoption; however, it is still widely used by many to mean a woman who is making an adoption plan, and has not yet relinquished her parental rights. Information on these pages is provided for both groups: women who are considering placing a child for adoption (pre-placement), and those who have placed (post-placement).
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