Ok guys, I am super super excited about this post. My friend Ashley from my BM class at LDSFS came up with an amazing idea, that she was inspired of through Birth Mother Baskets. (To get the whole story behind her idea, read her blog here.)
I can promise you all that without the support I received from G at LDSFS, and the girls in my class (Megan and Ashley), I would not have gotten through my difficulties the way I did. The woman who worked more independently with me, CP, made me feel like I wasn't alone, and that people outside my family loved me too. When I gave birth to Cash, the amount of love I received was overwhelming. An older couple gave me the book., "From Gods Arms to My Arms to Yours", which was what inspired the name of my blog. Another woman who recently lost her own child due prematurely, was thoughtful enough to send me a gift, even though she was suffering too. The list of support I received could go on and on.
All of these acts of kindness really helped my grieving process. I realized that I did not have to hurt on my own, and that there were people watching over me and would do anything to help.
I want each and every young mother who is facing an unplanned pregnancy to feel the amount of love I felt from the people around me.
You can imagine how happy I was that Ashley approached me with an opportunity to do just that! Finally I can feel like I am making a difference in the world, and have something good come out of the trials I have been through.
The project is called Birth Mothers Appreciation. Since every girl in these classes at LDSFS will be giving birth, we consider them all Birth Mothers, regardless of the decision they make after their baby is born.
What we will be doing is putting together things that will help with the adjustment process after birth. We are gathering personal testimonials from girls who have placed for adoption, chosen single parenting, or if they are raising the baby with the father. We will collect quotes, songs, books, journals, products for pampering, gift certificates, and for the mothers that are keeping we will give them gift certificates for places like Wal- Mart and Superstore and baby clothing stores to help with the cost of raising and feeding a child. Every basket will be filled with love and with things from people who have experienced these things before. We might even go in and talk to the girls and share our individual stories with them. Anything and Everything that will make these girl's lives a little easier to get through.
If you wish to share your story, have something to donate to our cause, or have quotes/songs that will be appropriate, please contact our group at :