NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY
National Birth Mother’s Day on the Saturday before Mother’s Day honors birth mothers and offers a show of support. It is a day to recognize the biological mothers of adopted children.
Each birth mother’s experience is personal. While the day originated as a day of solidarity, education, and compassion, it has evolved and may be received with a mixture of emotions. It may also be viewed as a celebration of the life a birth mother has brought into the world and has chosen to share with another family. Children of adoption may even also participate in the day, celebrating their birth mothers and the life they gave them.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY
Approach National Birth Mother’s Day with gentleness and love. Everyone’s experience is different. It may be a day to learn about the adoption process. Understand that each birth mother comes to adoptions for different and very personal reasons. Families and birth mothers will experience this day differently from family to family. For some, it may be a quiet and solemn day spent bonding with other birth mothers. For others, the adoptive families and children may spend the day celebrating birth mothers with cards and gifts similar to Mother’s Day.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards ~ Soren Kierkegaard
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NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY
Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh established National Birth Mother’s Day in 1990 to show support for birth mothers like herself.