Includes bibliographical references (pages -185) and index.
1. Becoming Mother -- 2. Mothers Giving Birth. Will I lose myself? / Christine Martin. Somewhere the focus changes / Jane Gibson. Worse than a headache / Susan McLaren. Is this what having a kid is like? / Anna Gurley -- 3. Adoption's Two Mothers. Ready yesterday / Connie Hancock. Not really mine / Hannah Eldridge. It gives you a stake / Joan Bell. It'll never go away ... never / Sally Corbett. I've really felt life / Lorrie Newton. Will I always be his mother? / Nel Henry. My heart broke wide open / Jesse Abbott. He was ours / Barbara Campbell. Changing my mind / Pauline Earl. Responsible choice / Lorrie Newton. A bundle of knots untied / Karin Perry. A friend among friends / Gwen Reid -- 4. Teen Mothers. No easy way out / Carole Benson. I'm too young for this / Holly Radcliff. You and your daughter / Rachel O'Donnell. Nobody wants to give me a break! / Celine Merrill. I was so bad / Jasmine Jonson -- 5. The Way of the Mother. Fragmented thinking / Katherine Lang.
Positive anger / Regina Hobbs. How could it happen so fast? / Brenda Watson. Who is responsible? / Homeless Girl.
Explores the experience and learnings of women who become mothers through birth and adoption.