Remembering in Joy and Grief

At Lifeline, we honor birth mothers who have made the courageous choice to give life and the brave but difficult choice of adoption.

Courageous, brave, loved — these are all words we use to describe birth mothers because they are a reflection of selflessness—the true embodiment of love. We are proud to be a part of honoring birth mothers on Birth Mother’s Day this year and every year.

Birth Mother’s Day is a day to honor birth mothers — the women who have made the courageous decision to choose life and adoption for their children. It is a special day, created in 1990 by a group of Seattle, Washington birth mothers, and is held yearly on the second Saturday in May. It has emerged from the recognition that Mother’s Day is one of the hardest days of the year for birth mothers — second only to the birthday of their children. Whether their adoption plan was a secretive matter or was more widely known, it was not made without difficulty and heartbreak. Birth Mother’s Day was created to recognize the various memories and feelings that birth mothers experience. Likewise, it is a day to find commonality and support from others who have similar experiences—not to endure these emotions in isolation, invisibility, or silence. Birth mothers are mothers and deserve to be celebrated for their role as those who have given life and exhibit the strength and courage it takes to make sacrifices for your children.

Birth Mother’s Day is not only a day to honor birth mothers, but also a day to remember the birth of their precious children.

There is a connection between a child and the woman who gave him or her life. It is natural to find joy and peace in this role as life giver; it is equally understandable to grieve and share. We encourage mothers to celebrate these connections as well as the interconnected relationships between birth mothers and the adoptive families of their children.

Lifeline is thrilled to be hosting our annual Birth Mother’s Day Celebration in Birmingham!

Birth Mother’s Day is a ceremony to honor each woman’s love and birth-bond with her child. Our hope is that this will be a special time of encouragement for all who attend. If you are a woman who has placed a child for adoption, we invite you to our Birth Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242. Please email [email protected] or call 205-967-0811 to make a reservation.