With Birth Mother’s Day just around the corner (May 8), CAC Adoption Advocate & Birth Mother, Lori, shares a post about her unique experience as a Birth Mother. It’s our prayer that her words would ignite thoughtfulness and love towards all kinds of mothers.
On the night before his birth, I sat cross-legged on the floor of my older sister’s room. We gathered to watch this show nearly every Thursday night! Not like today’s Netflix binge era, we actually had to wait and see what would happen next. But on this night, I was anticipating something much greater than a plot twist from a scripted emergency room drama.
I was in labor.
I was a senior in high school.
I was 17 years old.
I was just watching a show, like any random suburban teen.
After the show ended I tried to fall asleep but my water broke—an audible pop that relieved some of the pressure I was feeling. I waddled out of bed to knock on my parent’s door and tell them the long-awaited news. Projects and prom aside, my son was about to arrive.
My only son.
My first surgery.
My first experience of real love and protection.
27 years ago.
More than a quarter of a century later, he is my greatest change.
An open adoption.
A saving grace.
A fast-pass to adulthood.
A huge part of me.
A wonderful man.
And every year, as Birth Mother’s Day approaches, I think of how I became this special kind of mama. How I suddenly and traumatically left the days of my youth to join hearts with all kinds of mothers—in all kinds of families—who celebrate and mourn daily. We expand, we decrease, we overcome, we cry, we laugh, we nurture, we love, we equip and release our little part of the next generation.
It’s worth noticing and celebrating all kinds of mamas this year. Let the words of appreciation and support flow freely from your pen, emails and text over the the next four weeks. Be a blessing to a fellow sister by showing her unconditional love! Honor her by highlighting her strengths/gifts on this day—a day that quite often embodies an immense deal of emotional trauma. And in return, you’ll be playing an important role in bringing heaven to earth.
“So go ahead and give her the credit that is due, for she has become a radiant woman, and all her loving works of righteousness deserve to be admired at the gateways of every city!”
Proverbs 31:31 TPT