This is painful to read...a young girl being asked to hand over her baby girl who she loves and wants...
Many of us will identify with this struggle as described in detail here.
It is very obvious reading this current day scenario exactly why things were done they were back "in the day." Mothers were sequestered and kept from even thinking about the child growing inside them as theirs. They were kept from forming any bond pre or post delivery...some disallowed to even see their child or even know the gender.
This is why! Once you do see your baby it is far, far harder to "chose" to give him away.
I was not in a maternity home. I struggles as Ashley did for six months, refusing to sign final papers. I knew what I wanted, as does Ashley, but like her I got zero support and was constantly badgered and pressured to let go. You get to feeling worn down like a hostage in Guantanamo Bay exposed to water boarding until you say what they want to hear and do what they want: sign on the dotted line.
Ashley's blog: http://ashleydsalazar.com/
TheStir at CafeMom writes: "Ashley, who gives up baby Callie and then falls into a devastating depression. She goes as far as to take the baby back. Irresponsible? Of course. Understandable? Definitely." Ashey attenpts ot be supermom by aplying for college while up all night with a newborn. Too bad no one told her you don't have to have it all or do it all ALL AT ONCE! Life is long and babies are tine for a very short time. Collge could wait a year! But No one points that out to her and she ends up handing her baby girl over to her aunt and uncle for - hopefully - an open adoption.
TheStir ends by asking if MTV's 16 and Pregnant is encouraging teens to get pregnant for the attention?