welcome to Birth Mother Baskets
The Birth Mother Baskets bmb actually started as a small service project for me to do for Christmas in 2002. I wanted to show support to other birth mothers and let them know it’s ok to talk about your placement, to be proud of your decision. I wanted something that the birth mothers could take home with them, after placement. I didn’t want them to go home with empty arms. That’s when I thought of a gift basket full of items, just for the birth mother, to show her she is not alone. I took ALL the resources I had at that time (which wasn’t much). I then called around to every local business that I thought might donate. My small goal of filling 20 baskets became 60 and I was thrilled with the response. I then distributed them to local hospitals and social services to give to each birth mother.
With such a great outpouring, by those around me, I was able to continue filling baskets for about four years! Some of these donations came from businesses, friends or speaking engagements that I have done here locally. In those four years, I have successfully filled over 400 baskets!!
Mostly, running it on my own and out of our tiny condo. The local social services and hospitals were constantly stocked with gift baskets. It was truly an amazing blessing!
These gift baskets hold so much more than just the tangible items inside of them. They are filled with LOVE, warmth and support. Many of these birth mothers have no family support, no friends and no one to tell them what to expect in their journey, of placement. bmb provides a loving voice saying, “you are NOT alone, you are loved, you are brave and yes someone has felt this unbearable pain before.” bmb give the mothers something to take home, with them from the hospital. No birth mother should leave the hospitals or social services with empty arms. I have seen first hand, a brand new birth mother leave with a bmb in her arms and a smile on her face, with a peace in her mind that she too, had just made the best decision for her baby. I know, with all of my heart that these baskets provide a moment of stillness for these birth mothers, whose emotions will become so deep in their first few days of placement. My hope is that they will, for just a moment, feel that ache disappear by placing a bmb in their arms. I will do ALL that I possibly can do to fill these baskets. I know, truly, they are so much more then just a gift basket.
Please, help us tell these birth mothers they are appreciated.
Let them know there are thousands of adoptive couples or families whose lives have been touched by adoption. Please, help us thank these brave women for truly giving the greatest gift of all... selfless LOVE.