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Celebrating Birth Mothers on National Birth Mother’s Day

By Hannah Bayly

Each year on the second Sunday in May, individuals and families around the country celebrate National Mother’s Day. However, did you know that on the second Saturday in May, there is another equally important holiday to be celebrated? Birth Mother’s Day occurs the day before National Mother’s Day each year and was established to specifically honor birth mothers. 

At Adoption Choices of Kansas, we value this holiday as a way to celebrate birth mothers and their journeys. Maybe you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering adoption. Perhaps you are already actively going through the adoption process. Or, you may have already given birth to your child. No matter where you are in the process, you should know there is a day dedicated to you!

What is the difference between Birth Mother’s Day and National Mother’s Day?

There are different kinds of mothers, and there may be different women who you consider to be a mother figure. National Mother’s Day celebrates all sorts of mothers, such as adoptive mothers, expecting mothers, grandmothers, etc.

Birth Mother’s Day is different, as it’s specifically dedicated to honoring women who have given birth to an adopted child. Birth mothers can be celebrated on National Mother’s Day alongside expecting and adoptive mothers, grandmothers, etc. However, having a dedicated holiday to celebrate birth mothers is important, as it promotes inclusion rather than exclusion. Birth Mother’s Day works against negative stigmas and ensures that birth mothers are not overlooked nor excluded in being celebrated.

History of Birth Mother’s Day and its Ties to Closed Adoption

Birth Mother’s Day was established in 1990 and the first celebration of this holiday occurred in Seattle, Washington. With National Mother’s Day approaching, Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh felt that there was a need for the creation of a new holiday. This new holiday would celebrate birth mothers and their selfless act of choosing adoption for their child. Alongside Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh, birth mothers came together to create a positive and supportive day where birth mothers were celebrated. By doing this, Birth Mother’s Day allows for birth mothers to be celebrated equally and for awareness to be raised.

As the name implies, Birth Mother’s Day is dedicated to biological mothers of adopted children. Birth Mother’s Day has not been around as long as National Mother’s Day, so it’s important to spread awareness. Taking time to shine a light on birth mothers creates a positive environment where birth mothers feel supported. Birth Mother’s Day is a time for you to feel appreciated and honored. Increased awareness of this holiday also allows for awareness around adoption opportunities. It can also contribute to building a positive culture around adoption in Kansas

Ways to Celebrate Birth Mother’s Day 

There are many ways that individuals and families can celebrate Birth Mother’s Day. Deciding to turn to a private adoption service and going through the process of creating an adoption plan can be overwhelming. Ensuring that birth mothers feel they are honored for their journey is important. 

The first step in doing so is placing equal importance on Birth Mother’s Day. Some ways to do this include writing a thoughtful card or picking out a special bouquet of flowers. You could even select a gift that speaks to the personality of the woman you are celebrating. These are all great ways to make the birth mother you are honoring feel appreciated. 

If you are looking for some additional ideas for ways to celebrate this year, consider some of the following ways to show your appreciation:

  • Organizing an activity that the birth mother you are celebrating enjoys, such as a hike or a museum tour.
  • Make time for a phone call.
  • Show your appreciation through acts of service.
  • Arrange a time for the birth mother to spend quality time with their adopted child.
  • Practice self-care by taking time to do something nice for yourself!

Adoption Culture and Adoption Choices of Kansas

This year, Birth Mother’s Day falls on Saturday, May 11, 2024. National Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12, 2024. Adoption Choices of Kansas encourages adoptive families to find ways to celebrate Birth Mother’s Day this year. 

Increased participation in celebration is a wonderful way to support women who have chosen adoption. However, the positive impact is not limited to birth mothers themselves. Adoptive families in Kansas who are looking to promote positivity in the Wichita adoption culture should celebrate Birth Mother’s Day. Creating an environment of awareness and support carries over into the local community as a whole.

If you are currently researching adoption agencies in Kansas, then Adoption Choices of Kansas wants to talk to you. Unlike other adoption agencies in KansasAdoption Choices of Kansas is a local adoption agency. This means we are better able to understand you and your situation. We are able to assist you in making decisions that are right for you. We are committed to providing the highest level of support and care throughout the open adoption process. 

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