The call from Barker came on a Monday as I was underground in the DC metro system. I got off the train and moved above ground to better hear the program director get the facts out.
A baby was born the evening before.
Her mother was a heavy drug user.
The baby would go through detox.
Would we be interested in meeting the birth mom the next day?
My heart did a flip-flop and I remembered to take a breath and stay grounded so I could let all my preliminary training kick in, get some initial questions answered, and figure out the next step forward. The info that flowed over the next ten minutes of the call gave me a window into both the life of a birth mother in crisis, and also a preview of a series of challenges and complexities that my husband and I might face over the next few days, weeks and years.