Long-Term Consequences of Adoption


I have found some great articles on the long-term consequences of adoption. Those that adopt or place their child up for adoption must be aware of the possible issues that could occur at any time during this sensitive process. This post is in no way trying to discourage those interested in adopting to be afraid or have doubts, but rather an opportunity to educate yourself and prepare as best as possible if these issues arise. There are groups and support available to you if you need help navigating this very emotional and complicated time in your life.

For the Child

Research on Long-Term Effects

Long Term Issues for the Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons – PDF

Trauma that Lasts a Lifetime

Long-Term Effects of Adoption: An Empirical Study of Adult Adoptees

Statistics on the Effects of Adoption

For Birthmothers/Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents: Responding to the Adoptive Placement

The Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents – PDF

Long Term Issues for Birthmothers after Adoption – AMHC

For Adoptive Parents

Fears Regarding Adoption

Things to Do While Waiting For Your Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents


Breastfeeding: Cognitive and Health Benefits, Pointers for Moms, and BF Rates on the Rise


Breastfeeding Boosts Smarts as Babies Grow, Study Finds

Breastfeeding Linked to IQ

How Breastfeeding Benefits Babies’ Brains, By Researcher’s

Breast-Feeding Brings Cognitive Benefits, Study Suggests

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Breast Feeding Pointers

Diet Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

Overcome Common Breastfeeding Problems with These Tips


Breastfeeding Moms Can Ward Off Depression

Stopping Breastfeeding Can Lead to Depression

Breastfeeding Helps Prevent ADHD


Breastfeeding, Not Just a Bonding Experience, A Life Saver

Breastfeeding Offers Benefits for Babies, Moms

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Breastfeeding- Good For Mom, Baby and All Of Us

Breastfeeding, Good for Moms and Babies, is On the Rise

Breastfeed Newborns with Colostrum, Mothers Urged


WHO: Breast-Feeding Can Save Infants’ Lives

Breastfeeding: Only 1 in 5 countries fully implement WHO’s infant formula Code

The Breastfeeding vs. Formula Debate

Breastfeeding Rates Rise to Include 91 Percent of CA Moms

Breastfeeding Advocates Hope to Reach New Mothers Through Donations Made to Local Libraries

Postpartum Depression and Mental Health Support


“This Emotional Life”: Postpartum Depression

“Bonding is a process, not a finite event”

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Mental Health Support for Pregnant Women & New Mothers is Not Good Enough, Report Says

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10 Ways to Cope with Postpartum Depression

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More on Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum Depression: What to Expect When the Unexpected Happens


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Psychologists Say New Definition of Autism in DSM-5 Will Not Exclude Most Children Diagnosed


Parents and psychologists have worried that a modern set of criteria for autism, to replace the subjective standard of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), would make some children ineligible for psychiatric and medical care, but that is not the case, says a team of psychologists.

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Economic Abuse Affects Maternal Mental Health, Parenting


Mothers who experience economic and psychological abuse during the first year of a relationship with their child’s father are more likely to become depressed and spank the child in year five, researchers from the Rutgers School of Social Work have found.

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Ultra-Brief ECT for the Treatment of Severe Postpartum Depression


This is a small case report but is an important one, demonstrating the effectiveness of ultra-brief electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of severe postpartum depression.  While most women with postpartum illness have mild to moderate illness, there are some women with severe depression that significantly impairs their ability to function and to care for their child.  Women with severe PPD are also at higher risk for suicide.


In this report, 3 women with severe postpartum depression, refractory to treatment with medication, were psychiatrically hospitalized. All three patients had significant suicidal ideation. They were treated with right unilateral ultra-brief ECT.  (Ultra-brief ECT consists of electrical pulses lasting less than 0.5 milliseconds and causes less memory impairment than ECT treatments with longer pulses.) All women began to respond within 3–6 treatments (within 1-2 weeks), and no significant cognitive side effects were observed.

Although ECT is rarely thought of as first line treatment, this report suggests its usefulness in the management of women with severe PPD.  For women with severe depression, psychiatric hospitalization may be necessary.  However, in the United States where mother-baby units are rare, hospitalization often necessitates a prolonged separation of the mother from her infant.  Medications typically take 2-4 weeks to start working, and sometimes the illness is refractory to treatment with medications.  This case series suggests that ECT is not only effective in this setting but also yields quick results.  

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

Levy Y, Austin MP, Halliday G.  Use of ultra-brief pulse electroconvulsive therapy to treat severe postnatal mood disorder.  Australas Psychiatry, 2012.

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Focht A, Kellner CH.  Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of postpartum psychosis.  J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):31-3. (Review)

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Bottle Babies


A CURRA mum has launched a new website to provide support and advice to parents who bottle-feed their babies..

The Facebook page is a more informal open forum where people can share their stories and offer support.

Visit www.bottlebabies.org, email bottlebabies@hotmail.com

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