Birth Mother's Day

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Feb 14, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 18, 2022
Fact-checked by Amanpreet Kaur
A birth mother's role is as crucial as the adoptive mother or adoptive parents so here are some facts about Birth Mother's Day.
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Where is Birth Mother's Day celebrated?

It started in Seattle, Washington thus it is mainly observed in the United States. However, it can be observed worldwide. 

Who is Birth Mother's Day celebrated by?

It is the celebration of motherliness, love, tenderness, dedication. Every mother goes through different feelings and emotions while they are expecting a child or after birth. Similarly, the celebration also varies. It can be celebrated by children who live with their biological mother, or by adoptive families along with the child and their mother. 

When did Birth Mother's Day first start?

This day started in 1990 in the United States and since then it is observed by birth mothers all across the country. Although it is not as popular as International Mother's Day people have now started to recognize this day. 

Who started Birth Mother's Day?

Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh initiated this day in 1990 to honor and support more birth mothers like her. Mary Jean Wolch-March was a birth mother who placed her child up for adoption and wanted to give tribute to other mothers like her. 

The spirit of a mom is to be admired and appreciated as pregnancy requires immense courage.

History And Timelines

Be it a birth mother, foster care mother, or adoptive mother, every woman shares a unique relationship with their child or children. Sometimes under certain circumstances or voluntarily mothers put up their children for adoption so that another family can be complete. 

Traditions And Customs

There are no specific customs or traditions that are to be followed on this day, but one can start a new tradition. Just like International Mother's Day, this day is similarly observed by thanking and honoring birth mothers in particular. Even after a child is adopted through any process of adoption, it is the responsibility of the new parent or parents to provide that child with the right guidance. While some parents may choose to stay in contact with the birth mother, others may not. Besides all factors, the adoptive family should be grateful to the women who helped them to complete their family. If a child lives with their birth mother, then they can still learn about and recognize this day. 

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate Birth Mother's Day

There are so many different ways to celebrate this day. Family is a crucial part of a woman's life and what can be better than her husband, daughter, son, and others planning a surprise for her?

If a child is adopted via open adoption then the adoptive parents can celebrate this day by inviting the child's mom over and planning something special for her. If not, then the simplest way to celebrate this day is by thanking the woman who gave birth to the baby.

Another way can be educating people about adoption and the role of a biological mom. 

Facts And Stats

National Birth Mother's Day is an annual celebration in the United States.

This day takes place on Saturday before Mother's Day every year.

This day is dedicated to the beauty of motherhood.

Adoption Was Not Widely Accepted

It is evident that the world has changed but there was a time when the concept of adoption was not openly acknowledged. Closed adoptions mostly prevailed and there used to be no contact between birth mothers and children after adoption. 

Before 1980

Open Adoption

It took plenty of time to standardize open adoption where birth mothers are entitled to be in touch. This was a huge step for the women who placed their children up for adoption. 


Foundation Of Birth Mother's Day 

Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh and a group of women in 1990 founded this day. The initiative was taken so that people began to recognize the efforts and sacrifices and celebrate the motherhood of birth moms. 


Women Solidarity

For many years, people have opened up about adoption and shared proper education and awareness. This has led to the formation of numerous communities and forums of women who put their children for adoption to support one another.


Reaching A Milestone 

2020 marked the 30th year of this special day. Every year people are becoming more mindful about adoption. 


What day is Birth Mother's Day 2021?

Birth Mother's Day is a celebration that is conducted a day prior to International Mother's Day. Primarily, International Mother's Day is commemorated all over the world (sometimes on different dates) but in America it is on the second Sunday of May. Hence one day prior to this is the second Saturday of May. The date varies each year, but in 2021 Birth Mother's Day was on May 8, 2021. 

What is the difference between Mother's Day and Birth Mother's Day?

Both Mother's Day and Birth Mother's Day are the celebrations of motherhood. However, there is a tiny distinction between these two days. Women all around the world can be a mother and it doesn't have to be biological. Thus, International Mother's Day is dedicated to all the women who are mothers. Birth Mother's Day is particularly dedicated to all biological mothers. International Mother's Day is observed on the second Sunday of May and Birth Mother's Day is observed on the second Saturday of May. 

What is the significance of Birth Mother's Day?

The significance of Birth Mother's Day is as much as International Mother's Day. Nevertheless, not many people are aware of this day but there are groups of women or expectant parents for whom this day is incredibly special. This day marks the solidarity of biological mothers, their compassion, and their absolute love for their child or children. 

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Saturday, May 09, 2020
  • Saturday, May 08, 2021
  • Saturday, May 07, 2022
  • Saturday, May 06, 2023
  • Sunday, May 05, 2024

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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