When couples first start the adoption process, it is normal for them to have misconceptions about birth parents. They may think they are scary or believe stereotypes that birth mothers are all mentally ill or addicted to drugs. Truthfully, most birth mothers are mature, healthy people who have the capacity to make a very, very difficult decision for their babies out of love.  We love to help combat stereotypes when it comes to birth mothers, so today, we wanted to share with you a birth mother’s story in her own words. Melinda has placed two children for adoption and has an open adoption with their family. Read her full story HERE. We are grateful to birth mothers like Melinda who are willing to share their journey publicly in order to help educate others!