In 2003, Coley Strickland and another birthmother foundedÂ Birthmombuds.com. It’s a site where birthmothers can support each other and find a variety of resources. Over the years, the site and membership have grown. Birthmombuds now hosts a yearly retreat the weekend before Mother’s Day. Strickland describes the retreat as a place for journaling, dealing with grief, making a craft, listening to speakers, and having a candlelight ceremony. This year’s retreat will be in Charlotte, N.C. If you know a birthmother, Strickland suggests acknowledging Birthmother’s Day with flowers, a card, or a handmade gift. If you are interested in learning more, check out birthmombuds.com.
Marcia Maynard is a former teacher and reading specialist. She blogs about preschool activities at www.readandraise.com.