By Adoption Choices of Florida
Mother’s Day is very special. It’s where we take time to show extra support and kindness to the mothers in our lives. But for parents who put their children up for adoption, it’s a day of mixed emotions.
It takes a lot of strength to go through the adoption process, especially the birth mother. That’s what National Birth Mother’s Day is for. This day gives them a chance to be recognized for the hard decisions they make for themselves and their children.
If you’re birth parents who want to celebrate Birth Mother’s Day, Adoption Choices of Florida is prepared to help you. Adoption agencies in Florida make sure each birth mother feels appreciated and supported.
Birth Mother’s Day celebrates and recognizes biological moms who have placed their baby up for adoption. It’s to show support to birth mothers, no matter their circumstances, such as an unplanned pregnancy. Adopted children can participate as well as celebrate the birth mothers that gave them life. The day happens the Saturday before Mother’s Day, which means this year, it is on May 13.
National Birth Mother’s Day was founded in 1990. The first gathering to celebrate Birth Mother’s Day was held in Seattle, Washington. The group of women who founded the day knew what it was like to put a baby up for adoption. They wanted a way to support each other through this emotional decision. Since then, the day has evolved in meaning. Now, adoptive families are catching on as adoptions become more open. Now they can find ways of their own of honoring birth mothers.
Celebrating Birth Mother’s Day can look a bit like celebrating Mother’s Day with some key differences.
For those who aren’t familiar with the adoption process, this day can be for education. Educate yourself on the history of adoption and the role that birth mothers have played over the years. Every birth mother’s journey is personal and must be told and recognized. In addition, you can learn how to be mindful of birth parents as Mother’s Day can be heavy for them emotionally. Learn about their struggles, and you’ll gain a better understanding and kindness towards them.
For a very open adoption, you have the option to spend the day with the adoptive family. You can all go out together and spend time with the child. Maybe you can make gifts for each other like a card. These can become keepsakes for both of you to hold onto. If you’re fortunate enough, the time you spend together can be used to ask questions and get to know each other. Hanging out with your child and their family can help both of you cope with any unresolved feelings. It’ll also help encourage openness between you two for the future.
Sometimes you can’t spend time with your child and their family, and that’s okay. There are ways to still celebrate Birth Mother’s Day on your own. If your journey of finding adoption was painful, then don’t be afraid to make this day your own. Use this day as one for getting those emotions out. Take time for yourself, have a good cry, and practice self-care. That can include writing letters to your child that you’ll never send or spending time with friends and loved ones. You can even reach out to adoption agencies for a counselor to help you. The agencies often have resources that can offer guidance for you.
For birth parents, Mother’s Day comes with many hard feelings. That’s why Birth Mother’s Day is celebrated separately from Mother’s Day. Instead, it’s a day to honor those who chose a better life for themselves and their child. Adoption Florida takes the time to this day to support birth parents emotionally.
If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call or text us at: (833) 352-3678.
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