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Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent's Guide to Loss & Grief in Adoption (Saying Goodbye to a Baby Vol. 1) Paperback – November 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Saying Goodbye to a Baby Vol. 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: CWLA Press (Child Welfare League of America) (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878683879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878683871
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am planning on placing my baby for adoption and I have found this book very helpful in knowing what is to come, in terms of the grief I will be experiencing after the baby's placement. It is quite thorough and and covers many aspects of adoption from a birthmother's point of view, from making the decision, to the baby's birth, to dealing with feelings after placement. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering adoption for their baby.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Hatfield on August 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
It is out of date, offensive and so off base that it is doing a huge disservice to new firstparents. It needs updated. It needs to use better language. And it needs to tell firstparents that their grief doesn't magically dissipate at any set date. The longing and pain can last a lifetime. And, frankly, that's normal, not abnormal. Let's be honest with firstparents. Otherwise we're setting them up for emotional failure.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By pmsbarrett@yahoo.com on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was such an eye opener for me. I realized that so much of what I went thru after I gave my son up for adoption was completely normal.
My thanks and appreciation to Patricia Roles for sharing her experience and wisdom in this book.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark De Luca on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is not a book that I would recommend. While it may have one or two good points, it has an overall negative tone that radiates off of each page. The title is wonderful and it is too bad that it is used on this book. I was expecting more from a book with this title.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hanne on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
A mother who surrenders her baby for adoption NEVER gets over the loss. In fact the pain gets worse with time and expecially after reunion. Mothers experience Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disenfranchised Grief and the children suffer from Attachment Disorders. Adoption is a 5 bil unregulated industry in the US with the babies being the commodities and the mothers being exploited for their babies. Adoption is NOT a "loving option" keeping your baby is. 80% of open adoptions close after 3 months of the adoption finalizing. Do not let anyone convince, coerce or brainwash you into signing those papers you will regret it for the rest of your life.
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