The History of Birth Mother’s Day
By Samantha Hemingway
Birth Mother’s Day provides an opportunity for adoptive families to express gratitude toward the birth mother. This helps birth mothers to feel supported in their decision to place their baby for adoption. Birth mothers who had unplanned pregnancies might feel especially appreciated on this special day. Our staff and adoption professionals at Adoption Choices of Missouri are proud to recognize this holiday each year. We understand that the adoption process can be difficult, and we want to show our appreciation for birth mothers and adoptive families.
Overview of the History of Birth Mother’s Day
Birth Mother’s Day is a special holiday that is celebrated on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. It is celebrated each year in the United States and has been recognized as a holiday since 1990. In recent years, Birth Mother’s Day has gained a lot of recognition, support, and positive feedback from the adoption community.
The idea of Birth Mother’s Day was proposed by Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh, who had an aspiration to celebrate the selfless act of adoption. She connected with other birth mothers and formed a Birth Mother’s Day committee. The committee put together the first-ever Birth Mother’s Day celebration in Seattle, Washington.
There is a lot of sentiment behind the holiday. It is seen as an opportunity to show appreciation for birth mothers who place their children for adoption. It also spreads awareness of the ongoing need for adoptive parents. Throughout the years, Birth Mother’s Day has continued to be considered a meaningful and emotional holiday.
How to Celebrate Birth Mother’s Day
Here are some ways in which an adoptive family or birth mother can celebrate the holiday:
- Send a thoughtful message or card to express gratitude and share how much the birth mother’s decision has impacted your life.
- Host or attend a Birth Mother’s Day meal or event. This can be a great opportunity to connect with others.
- Donate to a local adoption agency or charity that supports adoption. This is a great way to show support for a good cause.
- Share your own adoption experiences. This is a beautiful way to show how adoption has changed your life.
Importance of Birth Mother’s Day in the Adoption Community
Pregnancy is a beautiful yet challenging experience that should be recognized amongst the adoption community. It involves bringing a new life into this crazy but beautiful world. In spite of the challenges that birth mothers face while carrying a child, it is still a wonderful and rewarding experience. Birth Mother’s Day is valued in the adoption community. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the selfless act that many birth mothers have made. It’s important that, as a society, we show support and appreciation toward these women. The holiday also provides the opportunity for adoptive families to show recognition for birth mothers. It’s important to express appreciation for the toke that birth mothers played in creating their forever family.
Our adoption agencies are not only here to celebrate you but to support you too. Birth Mother’s Day might only be one day in the year, but we appreciate you every day. Adoption Choices of Missouri celebrates Birth Mother’s Day, and you should too.
Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond. Please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll-free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri, call or text us at 316-391-4904