Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences by Gary Clapton

By Gary Clapton

Virtually all literature approximately beginning mom and dad of followed kids has considering moms. during this pioneering learn, Gary Clapton provides us a clean point of view: he recounts the stories of thirty delivery fathers separated from their kids at birth.

Discussing diverse notions of fatherhood, resembling organic paternity, social fatherhood, sperm donorship and the `father figure', this informative publication - the 1st on delivery fathers in adoption - brings new gentle to matters comparable to the choice to renounce a toddler for adoption, the kid's wish to locate his or her delivery mom and dad, and the facilitation of touch in later life.

Written in an obtainable variety with insights into adoption and social paintings perform prior and current, beginning Fathers and their Adoption stories bargains an important new viewpoint on figuring out the factors and outcomes of adoption, and makes confident feedback for operating with these whom it affects.

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Our knowledge of birth fathers is even less. On both counts the narratives of the birth fathers in this study can contribute to our existing understandings. In addition, the study goes toward filling the vacuum that exists in respect of how fatherhood may develop – and continue. Part II The Life Experiences of Birth Fathers ‘… it’s a bit of me that I have allowed nobody else to get close to. I mean this two and quarter hours is the most in all those 30 odd years that I’ve ever had. ’ Chapter Five The Birth Fathers, the Pregnancy and the Birth of the Child Thirty Birth Fathers – the Study There were two qualifications for inclusion in the study.

The private lives of fathers remain ‘largely hidden’ (Burgess and Ruxton 1996, v). Much of the existing research has explored what fathers do – or do not do (Lewis 1986). Relatively little exists about what being a father is and how men perceive of themselves in this capacity – where fatherhood fits in a man’s identity and men’s 54 / BIRTH FATHERS AND THEIR ADOPTION EXPERIENCES perceptions of themselves as fathers. Fathering in its widest sense is little researched (Lewis 2000). For instance, research has rarely explored matters of how men become fathers (Burgess 1997; La Rossa 1986; Lewis 1982; May 1982) or sought to examine fatherhood as a concept (McKee and O’Brien 1982a).

It is women who become pregnant, carry the child and go through the physical experience of childbirth. Birth fathers cannot ‘give up’ a baby in a physical or biological sense of the phrase. Men do not carry a baby for nine months; their bodies do not change. So what may be the place of birth fathers in adoption? In the circumstances of conception, the difference between men and women is that whilst both share a biological and genetic contribution to the child, women have the added developmental dimension of pregnancy and parturition.

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