Saturday, August 30, 2008


The Baby Scoop Era Research Initiative (BSERI) is participating in the initial stages of a research project. The project is the work of two psychology researchers in the UK . It will explore adoption loss during the BSE with subsequent development of PTSD. We are collecting personal accounts regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in mothers who lost children to adoption during the Baby Scoop Era (approximately post WWII through Roe v. Wade).

If you are willing to participate in this first round of data collection, please write up your story (include dates, and all physical, mental, medical, and emotional consequences post-surrender) and email it to us.

Origins, Inc. NSW (Australia) is collecting submissions for Oz, Trackers International is collecting submissions for the UK, and BSERI is collecting submissions from mothers in the United States.

Please keep your submission to no more than 2 pages, single spaced. Names and other identifying information will not be published. Your submission MUST be accompanied by a note stating that it may be used anonymously for this research project.

If you have any questions, please contact BSERI at

You are warmly encouraged to blog this, link to it, and post it on other websites and boards.


Anonymous said...

Excellent! And after this can we please do a follow up with post Roe v Wade? I understand the distinction, but there are more of us out here. The BSE is the model for how agencies separate mothers and children today.

....for BSERI said...

While I disagree that conditions of surrender are the same now as they were then, I strongly encourage you to work towards pursuing a study of PTSD in mothers who lost a child to adoption post BSE.

....for BSERI said...

This study addresses PTSD in Baby Scoop Era mothers. If those undertaking this study wish to tackle PTSD in mothers of subsequent eras, they will notify other mother organizations.

It may well be that it is easier for them to study PTSD in mothers 35+ years post-surrender.

I agree that it would be a good idea to try to enlist the interest of another group of psychologists to study PTSD in post-BSE mothers.

Incidentally, I'm puzzled as to how anyone could possibly know that there "are more" post-BSE mothers "out here" than BSE mothers? Where can I find those statistics? If those numbers are available, please direct me to them.

It has been well documented that at least one-and-a-half million mothers were separated from their babies during the BSE. In fact, that number has often been said to be a very low estimate.


Anonymous said...

PTSD has manifested itself in various guises throughout,pre-adoption,post-adoption,the intervening years,pre-reunion,and post-reunion, I for one,now so so so much older, find dealing with the major psychological developments, since re-union, debilitating, and at times fearful, also bouts of depression so paralysing,and so difficult to heal from,its like we drinking the final dregs from the poisoned chalice that we drank 30/40/50 years ago.Marah66.

Anonymous said...

Is it too late to submit?

....for BSERI said...

Nope. We welcome your submission.