In many instances, women choose to opt for adoption, not because it's an easy way out of being a parent, but because it is in the best interest of the child.
So, how does a woman know that she's making the right decision?
These women aren't just giving up a child saying, "I'm done." They are making a careful, thought-out decision.
But, just because the child is now with a new mom, that doesn't mean the biological mom is free and clear of the mothering experience. Most women who deliver a child have some common postpartum experiences after child-birth.
There is also a lot of grief and loss that goes along with a adoption.
Liesl Einerson, LCSW, is a Counselor at The Cradle, an adoption agency in Evanston, Illinois. In this segment, she maps out the emotional process and complex issues that a woman goes through when choosing adoption.