Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | May 1, 2013

Birthmother’s Day

Every year, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, a very special day is recognized… Birthmother’s Day. This year, the date of Birthmother’s Day is May 4th. You won’t see any Hallmark Cards for Birthmother’s Day, nor will you see any restaurants giving “Birthmother’s Day Specials,” but this day holds a special place in the heart of every member of the adoption triad: the birthmother, the adoptive parents, and the adopted child.

For many of your children, on Mother’s Day they will celebrate their adoptive momma, but there might be an ache in the child’s heart for their birthmother. They might never express to you these feelings, but they are authentic and very present in the child’s life.

Whether your child is domestically or internationally adopted, Birthmother’s Day is a day in which you can commemorate the special role that your child’s biological mother has in his/her life. Birthmother’s Day gives your child the opportunity to give tribute to the wonderful woman that is his/her birthmother.

Here are some ideas for how you and your family can celebrate Birthmother’s Day:

  • If you have some way of communication with your child’s biological mother, then have your child write her a letter or make her a card.
  • If you have direct contact, send her flowers.
  • Have your child make a craft signifying his/her birthmother.
  • Plant a tree or flowers for the birthmother.
  • If your child is older, have him/her journal about the birthmother.
  • Share pictures and memories… especially if you as the adoptive parents were able to meet the birthmother.
  • Write a poem or story about the birthmother.

If your family has any traditions to celebrate Birthmother’s Day, or you have any other ideas, please feel free to share them with us in the comment section.

This Saturday, please make an opportunity for your child and your family to celebrate Birthmother’s Day.

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