Birth Mother Brunch

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20th Annual Birth Mother’s Brunch

Grace Church, Eden Prairie

Saturday, May 8th 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm

In 1990 a group of birth mothers in Seattle, WA wanted to remember and honor the decision they made to place their children for adoption. They created what is now known as Birth Mother’s Day, a day in which birth mothers are honored and recognized for their courageous and loving adoption decisions. Birth Mother’s Day is nationally recognized on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.

After hosting our Annual Birth Mother Dinner for 18 years we decided it was time for a change. In 2019 we hosted a Birth Mother Brunch on Birth Mother’s Day itself! Along with a new day and time, we were also at a new location: Grace Church in Eden Prairie.

If you have never attended our Birth Mother Event before, we encourage you to consider attending our brunch on May 8, 2021. This is a wonderful way to connect with other birth mothers and to share about your adoption journey with people who really understand, because they chose adoption, too!

A Mother by a Different Name

Birth mothers are mothers, they just go by a different name. We want to recognize and honor birth mothers for who they truly are: mothers. Attendees will hear from our panel of mothers about their unique role in each being a Mother by a Different Name. An adoptive mother, birth mother, and birth grandmother will all share about their perspective of the same adoption story.

We will record the panel so those who are unable or uncomfortable attending can still participate in a different way.

Birth mothers are welcome to attend no matter which agency they placed through. All birth mothers attend free of charge and are encouraged to bring a guest. Each guest is kindly asked to pay $10 at the door in the form of cash or check.

The doors will open at 9:30am and we will begin right at 10:00am. Registration is now closed. Contact Rebecca at 612-746-5670 or rebecca@newlifeadoptionsmn.org with questions or for more information.

COVID-19 Protocols

In order to follow the Stay Safe MN guidelines, we request that all who attend the Birth Mother Brunch wear a mask throughout the event. Attendees may remove their mask while eating and drinking but are kindly asked to keep them on at all other times as able. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each table.

All seating will follow the guidelines of both the Minnesota Department of Health and Grace Church. We request that attendees keep a distance of 6 feet from others as much as possible.

If you have had close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within 14 days of the event, or if you have had a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of taste or a new or increased cough within the last seven days at the time of the event, we ask that you please do not attend.

Not A Typical Birth Mother

We know you are unique, and no two adoption stories are alike. We would love to hear from you about what makes you different – why you are not a “typical” birth mom.

On the day of our Birth Mother Brunch, we will have an opportunity for you to briefly share your story on video to help others, including women who may be considering adoption, know more about what it means to be a birth mother.

If you choose to participate, we will simply ask you a little bit about yourself, your situation, and a brief statement, “I’m not a typical birth mother because ________.” It should only take 3-5 minutes of your time during the brunch event.

We hope you join us and consider participating in this exciting video opportunity!

If you would like to share your story, but do not plan on attending the Birth Mother Brunch, contact Rebecca at 612-746-5670 or rebecca@newlifeadoptionsmn.org.

Why do birth mothers attend our Birth Mother Brunch?

“To celebrate the decision I made to place.”

“It’s one of my favorite events that New Life holds. I’ve been coming every year since I placed my daughter.”

“I love to connect with other birth moms and I always hope to encourage birth moms.”

“I love the love and support of this event. It is the one thing I count on for this weekend every year.”