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DRESS-MAKERS part 1.

Adopted people

With love I made my baby daughter a pink dress; machine sewn, but hand smocked. Twenty five years later I made myself a purple doll - and I wondered about my mother

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DRUGS USED ON MOTHERS

Mothers

MOTHERS WERE THE SOLE LEGAL GUARDIAN OF THEIR BABIES UNTIL THEY SIGNED THE ADOPTION PAPERS, SO THEREFORE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED JUST THE SAME AS EVERY OTHER MOTHER IN THAT HOSPITAL. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THESE ADOPTIONS ILLEGAL. DOCTORS AND NURSES DIDN'T GIVE MARRIED MOTHERS THESE DRUGS.

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Dark Days

Mothers

I had no say in any of this, everybody else seem to know what was best. But I was having this baby I could feel her growing feel her moving inside me, and when she was gone just this emptiness was left inside me. I had no support no money no hope there was nothing that I could do about any of it.

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Deceived, Abandoned and Shamed, Part 2

Family

The selfish man who turned his back on my grandmother and my father when they were at their most vulnerable and alone will never, ever be regarded as part of our family. Future generations will know his name and what he did.

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Decisions part 1

Adopted people

It was early 1952 and Mum was 27.

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Discovering my adoption

Adopted people

Had my adopted parents cared to tell me anything about my real mother I would have known that the bus stop where I caught the bus home from school every day for many years, I later found that my mother lived in a house right next to the bus stop. I wonder now how many times I could have walked past her.

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Discovery of adoption

Adopted people

In many ways my adoption experience is one where many of those affected have created much more emotional and psychological damage than the initial discovery has.

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DRESS-MAKERS part 2.

Adopted people

So here it is; my daughter’s smocked dress, and the story behind it. But there is another story to tell. I wonder if my birth mother ever made a dress – for me, in memory of me, or maybe for another daughter?

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Daddy Who?

Adopted people

I edge this rock of anxiety toward an ever-receding truth.

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Deaths of mothers and babies in the forced adoption process

Family

How many graves are there around the world of 'uncared for' young mums and their babies???

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Deceived, Abandoned and Shamed.

Family

Adoption has a long lasting effect on families. We have enormous guilt for not knowing the circumstances of my grandmother. She died in poverty due to the long lasting consequences of the trauma of her experiences during her pregnancy and confinement all those decades ago. She will never know our love

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Decisions part 2

Adopted people

The only option for Mum was to have me adopted, say nothing to the estranged husband, and tell the young European beau that her infant had died at birth. Or was she told that I had died?

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Discovering my adoption part 2

Adopted people

Had my adopted parents cared to tell me anything about my real mother I would have known that the bus stop where I caught the bus home from school every day for many years, I later found that my mother lived in a house right next to the bus stop. I wonder now how many times I could have walked past her.

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Discovery part 1

Adopted people

In 2012, by listing Avonhurst Private Hospital on Facebook, I found another adoptee born at that hospital.

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