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Why Did They Have Babies They Weren’t Going to Keep?

Posted on March 20th, 2011 by David R. Ford

When people hear (or read) the story of my birth parents—a married, middle-class couple who secretly gave up four of their seven children for adoption at birth—they often ask me, Why?”  As in: why would my birth parents have so many children that they weren’t going to keep?  It’s hard to imagine how difficult it would have been for a woman to be pregnant for a big part of seven years with four children she would serially give up for adoption.

The second half of my book explores the “why” question.  But my adoptive mother has a touching answer of her own:  “Your birth parents kept having those babies until they created you for ­us.”


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