35: Barbara – “ Writing Our Secrets Healed Us”

Barbara’s experience of becoming a birth mom started with a childhood of “conformist’ parents. If something traumatic happened, they simply did not talk about it. At the age of 17, Barbara did not get “ The Talk “ from her mother, like many young girls. Barbara was exposed to the “ Secrets of the Family” that upended her naivete as a young girl. She viewed dysfunction in the face and moved forward.


  1. Barbara on 06/20/2022 at 12:34 AM

    It was an honor to have this conversation with you, Yvonne. We went deep. Our circumstances were different, but the emotions are the same. I want to honor the work you are doing to support our community, and hope my experience helps others to navigate reunion in a healthy and successful way.

    Share our reunion journey by visiting https://www.freeyourselfthrough.com/

  2. Vicky Graham on 07/25/2022 at 11:25 PM

    Thank you both for your vulnerability and healing work.

    I thought I knew my birth mother’s story, but hearing her with Yvonne was different – like eavesdropping. What a gift to witness two birth mothers sharing experiences, wisdom, trauma and hope. Bittersweet healing through honest connection.

    I recommend this podcast to anyone involved in adoption. These women’s powerful stories must be told – and heard.

    Vicky, Adoptee

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