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Supporting people affected by forced adoptions

Advocacy groups

People continue to feel the effects of forced adoptions and deserve support today as much as ever.

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Sworn to Secrecy part 2

Mothers

In 1984, after my birth daughter was allowed information about me, she attempted to make contact and again in 1990.

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THE MANAGEMENT OF PTSD FOR MOTHERS

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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THE 'BAD GIRLS'

Mothers

I was put into St Mary's Home Toowong. I'd had an unplanned pregnancy to my boyfriend of 2 years. I had just moved interstate, I didn't know Brisbane, didn't know where Toowong was and I didn't have any money. Nobody helped us or gave us any advice, quite the contrary. I felt helpless and alone.

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THE GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD

Mothers

I WAS FORCED TO RELINQUISH MY BABY SON. MANY MOTHERS ARE STILL NOT AWARE THAT THEIR ADOPTION WAS FORCED DUE TO FEELINGS OF GUILT THAT WAS IMPOSED ON THEM BY SOCIETY. IF YOU ASK THEM WERE THEY GIVEN ANY OTHER CHOICE OTHER THAN ADOPTION, THEY MOSTLY ANSWER 'NO'. MOTHERHOOD IS A SACRED BOND NOT TO BE BROKEN

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THE LABOUR WARD part 2

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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THE SOCIAL SETTING OF THE PREGNANCY AND TRAUMATIC EVENTS DURING ITS COURSE.

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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Sworn to Secrecy

Mothers

I went to the city to further my education, went home to open my own business.

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Sworn to Secrecy part 3

Mothers

A lifetime of pain and injustice.

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THE MANAGEMENT OF PTSD FOR MOTHERS continued

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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THE EUCALYPTUS AND I

Adopted people

Did "Victorian" society of 1961 honesty think chopping both branches off my ancestry identity would suppress my interest and desire to know who my people were and whence I came from? Left minus historical limbs, this 'trunk' wondered and searched for 30 years.

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THE LABOUR WARD

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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THE LABOUR WARD part 3

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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THE TAKING OF THE BABY.

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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