Unlike Mother’s Day, Birth Mother’s Day is not a holiday that is marked on the average calendar. You probably won’t be able to find many cards for it, and it is doubtful that you’ll overhear people discussing how they plan to spend the day. But as those whose lives are touched in some way by adoption learn of it, and include observance of it in their lives, more people will become aware of the day created to honor Birth Mothers.
Created and founded in 1990 by women who had formed adoption plans for their children, the first gathering for Birth Mother’s Day was celebrated in Seattle, Washington on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, which that year was on May 12th. The 30th anniversary of Birth Mother’s Day is May 9, 2020.
The intent of the day, as created by women who knew what it was to place a baby for adoption, was to honor and support each other as the world around them prepared to celebrate the women who were parenting their children.