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Expectant Mother, Birth Mother, and Adoptive Mothers, What’s the Difference?

By Jonathan Tick

On May 7th and 8th, we celebrate the weekend dedicated to mothers of all kinds with Birth Mother’s and Mother’s Day. These days are a time to give thanks to the women who’ve raised us. And for many adoptees, to the women who were brave enough to send them to families that raised and cherished them.  

But, the terminology can get a little confusing for women looking at adoption for various reasons. So, here’s a simple guide on the different kinds of mothers we work with to alleviate that. And if you’re currently pursuing adoption today, call Adoption Choices of Texas at 888-307-3340 for a free consultation today!

If you need help with adoption now, you can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here.

Expectant Mothers

Pregnant or expectant mothers are the broadest of the three terms. An expectant mother is, in simple terms, a pregnant mother. More specifically, mothers who have yet to go through an adoption process. Or they’re mothers who have decided to keep the baby themselves. This even extends to mothers who find out about their unplanned pregnancy but are unsure about what to do. And a mother can remain an expectant mother until the final days of their pregnancy when they become a birth mother, even if they choose to go with adoption at the end of their third trimester.

For these kinds of expecting mothers, pregnancy can be a difficult time. You can end up weighing a lot of different options. Struggling in deciding what may be the best outcome for you and your child. Many expectant mothers who come to us don’t know how to put a child up for adoption. And that’s where our adoption agencies in Texas are here to help. Our mission is to help expectant mothers work through these stressful times. Offering aid with our celebrated adoption process and counseling services. To give both expecting mothers and their babies a positive experience after placing the child up for adoption.

Birth Mothers

Once expecting mothers choose adoption, they are then regarded as birth mothers. In a way, though, birth mothers can still be considered expectant mothers. But, for all intent and purposes, a birth mother is a pregnant woman who is currently undergoing the adoption process. Birth mothers can also be later referred to as ‘biological mothers,’ which is a term that’s used after the baby has been born and the term that will be used to refer to yourself towards your child’s adoptive family.

Once a birth mother is a part of one of our Texas adoption agencies, they will begin the adoption process with one of our consultants. Our adoption specialists work with birth mothers to create an adoption plan, which will grant birth mothers various options and choices for their unique adoption plan. This plan ranges from the kind of adoption they want for their baby and a hospital plan to pick out how they want the birth to go.  

We at Adoption Choices at Texas believe giving these choices is essential for a pleasant adoption journey. It gives birth mothers the chance to take control of their choice, with many testimonies from birth mothers who’ve worked with us saying that putting my baby up for adoption was a positive experience.

Adoptive Mother

Lastly, the adoptive mother. Adoptive mothers are the term given to women who seek to adopt a child rather than put a child up for adoption. Our agency carries many files of potential adoptive parents that want to have a child in their lives. But you can’t have one or choose adoption for a variety of reasons.  

For the choice of open adoption, birth mothers will be able to meet their child’s adoptive mother sometime during the adoption process. This gives both parties a chance to meet and form a relationship before the child is born. Ensuring that both sides are comfortable with the arrangement and giving the birth mother a sense of assurance. Knowing that their child will be going to good people in the end. So, if you’re applying to be an adoptive mother, you’ll be meeting the birth mother too!  

After the birth, the adoptive mother and their partners will be given legal guardianship over the adoptive child. At which point, the birth mother’s child becomes your child to watch over and raise. Being an adoptive parent can be its reward, giving the chance to raise a child equally deserving of a successful and fulfilling life.

Celebrating the Birth Mothers Day and Mothers Day With Adoption Choices of Texas 

No matter what kind of mother you are, May 7th and 8th are the days to celebrate all mothers everywhere. From the brave birth mothers who choose to give up their baby for a better life—to the noble adoptive mothers who give those children those brighter futures. We thank you all for your sacrifices and your courage.

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029

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