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Birth Mother's Day

Celebrating both joy and grief

posted 5/10/2013

More than fifty years after surrendering her son for adoption, Judy Wirth will remember him on May 11.

When her son was born out of wedlock in 1960, Wirth was told to forget about his birth and get on with her life. But like most birth mothers, especially in the era of closed adoptions, she was haunted by the experience, constantly wondering where her firstborn was, worrying about how he was doing, and dreading having her secret exposed.

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