Birthmother’s Day is a day to celebrate and honor the fact that we’re birthmoms. It’s a day to reflect on the choice we made and the life we gave. It’s a day to recognize that we are good mothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our children.
If a birthmom chooses to celebrate Birthmother’s Day that does not mean that she cannot celebrate Mother’s Day as well even if she’s not parenting any other children.
History of Birthmother’s Day
Birthmother’s Day is celebrated the Saturday before Mother’s Day. It was originated in 1990 by a group of birthmoms in Seattle, Washington. Most birthmoms will agree that Mother’s Day is a very painful holiday and these women wanted to create something that would honor their being birthmoms.
Recognizing Birthmoms on Birthmother’s Day
Birthmother’s Day unites birthmoms. A lot of agencies and organizations have started hosting Birthmother’s Day events to bring birthmoms together. Check with agencies, support groups, and adoption-related organizations in your area to see if they might be hosting a Birthmother’s Day event. If not, then celebrate on your own. Treat yourself to a special dinner or buy yourself a rose – something to celebrate part of who you are!!
Some ideas for Birthmother’s Day Celebrations:
- Give each birthmom in attendance a corsage or rose.
- Provide scrapbooking materials and have each birthmom make a scrapbook page remembering their child.
- Give each birthmom a small favor.
- Read a poem aloud.
- Have someone sing (or play) a special song.
- Let each birthmom light a candle in honor of the child they relinquished.
- Release balloons with prayers for their child attached.