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Taylor, age 17, California

My name is Taylor. I’m 17 and I’m a birth mother. This experience has been life changing.  It has changed me as a person. It’s made me open my eyes and realize so many things. I found out I was pregnant 6 months into my pregnancy. I should have known that missing my period was the first sign, but I overthink everything. I thought it was one of those situations where I overreacted. But clearly I was ...
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Flavian, age 21, Alabama

  My name is Flavian Owiti.  This is my story. I was granted a visa to go to America from Kenya in the year May 2011. It was a new adventure and I got excited. I was enthusiastic about my new environment. Later that year in spring I found out I was pregnant. I started feeling weird and decided to go for a normal check-up at the school infirmary. That’s when the nurse told she thought I was pregnant, judgin...
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Dana, age 19, California

A story that starts out horrific but doesn’t end that way is always one that catches my attention. I am a sucker for a happy ending. I am blessed to be able to have lived such a story. In 2006, my story starts out horrific.  As a freshman in college I was drugged and raped at a party in February.  I do not remember the details and since the brain is so powerful I did not even realize what had happened to me until man...
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Sara, Age 25, Iowa

My story is not too different from many other women’s stories I found out I was pregnant when I was very far along. I went to the doctor and it was confirmed that I would be due in February with a little girl. I told my boyfriend and we hadn’t been together long – just a year – and it just didn’t seem like a good time. He is older than I am (we’re still together) and has two older daughters from a previous relationsh...
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Kaitlyn, Age 25, California

I wasn’t able to give my child what she needed I chose adoption because at the time in my life that I was pregnant, I wasn’t able to fully give my child the attention and all the other day to day things she needed.  I thought it would be better for her to be with someone who was at a point in their life that they were ready to have kids. My biggest fear about adoption was how everything would go.  Would it be e...
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Arianna, Age 20, Arizona

I was 20 when I found out I was pregnant. Emotionally, financially, and mentally unstable. Just in a really difficult time in my life. I didn’t find out until I was almost 4 months.  I knew I was pregnant, but I didn’t want to face it and I thought ignoring it would make it go away. Obviously that wasn’t the case. The father was non existent. We were seeing each other, but it was nothing official un...
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Ashley, Age 21, California

I’ve dealt with many things in my life – both good and bad – but nothing that compared to one amazing and surprising experience that I will never forget:  I learned that I was pregnant on the day I was due to deliver the most beautiful baby girl. During August and September, I felt sick, like I had food poisoning.  I went to the doctor and told her my symptoms.  When she first mentioned pregnancy, I denie...
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Rhianna, Age 22, California

When I was 9 years old, my 13 month old baby sister was put up for adoption, and I only saw her once again. We were technically allowed visits, but no one ever called, no one ever visited, and eventually she just seemed to fall off the face of the earth… that’s an adoption, right? When my fiancé and I first got pregnant, we were very happy. We only lived in a tent at that time, and traveled from place to ...
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Megan Cohen Age 21

Why I Put My Baby Up for Adoption

My name is Megan Cohen.  I’m an adoption attorney but long before that I became a birth mother.  I gave my son up for adoption in 1988.  If you are pregnant and unsure what to do, I have been there and I can help. I put my baby up for adoption because I was scared and overwhelmed. I had cancer as a teenager, and my doctors told me I couldn’t have kids.  So I was absolutely shocked when I found out I was p...
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Jill, Age 33, Nevada

Nothing has been easy for me, not much family to mention, or animated stories of the good old days. I’m 33 years old, single mother of one little girl, and an ex-felon. I’m unemployed however I do have a few superficial degrees under my belt. So when I realized I was pregnant my initial response was terror. My plan was to terminate the pregnancy as soon as possible. Accumulating the money to pay for the procedure was...
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