The four birth mothers on our panel talk, in this video, of the reactions their family members had as they planned for and placed their children for adoption. This highly emotional video brings out the tender feelings of birth mothers and birth families. Often, the reactions of birth families can add layers to the difficult feelings birth mothers navigate through. In addition to feeling the upcoming pain of separation from their child, birth mothers sometimes take on the hurt that birth families feel, themselves, through their separation from the child that will be placed with another family. Placement is hard on all . . .  compassion is essential.