I read a book ages ago that started off with a pregnant woman dying. All I remember after that is that she lived with shapeshifting dragons until she was forced to leave, and found more humans. I vaguely remember something about the humans being magical, but that's about it. I read this book roughly 14 years ago, but it could well be older than that.

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    Just reading the headline made me think of Patricia C. Wrede's Dealing with Dragons, but the rest of the question probably rules that out.
    – Jim Green
    Dec 6 '12 at 13:19
  • Rachel Hartman's Seraphina has shapeshifting dragons who pass as human, and a young woman protagonist, but (2012) it's too recent.
    – eac2222
    May 11 '20 at 19:56

The Elvenbane by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, perhaps?

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    YES! That is one of my favorite books, I actually own the trilogy. Ms. Lackey wrote two more with Andre Norton. In order, the Halfblood Chronicles includes: The Elvenbane, Elvenblood, and Elvenborn. I had to wait a long time for that last one...but they finally came out with it and it's pretty good.
    – user45906
    May 20 '15 at 19:00
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    @DawnDeschain Even though the other answer has already been accepted, if you would turn your comment into an answer, it would add valuable information.
    – SQB
    May 21 '15 at 16:49
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    As a caution, the third book ends on a huge cliffhanger and the forth book may or may not ever be released. Mar 21 '16 at 15:23
  • Sorry if I offended. I figured quoting the text from Wikipedia would be helpful for other people to find it.
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 11 '20 at 14:15

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