The life experiences of innovators are the building blocks for change.
It’s within these life-changing moments; where there is a need to be filled, or an opportunity for change, that we find innovation peaking. The most beautiful thing about innovation is that the products of innovation are not only the tech, tools, and inventions built by hands. They are also the things that we build and create our experiences, our empathy, and forward-thinking.
Kim Noeth, CEO of BirthMoms Today, used her life experience with adoption as a birth mother, to create a program that has paved the road to healing for many women behind her.
Kim chose adoption for her son years ago. While she believed it was the right choice for both of their lives it was not a decision that came easily or without obstacles to follow.
What many people do not know and don’t see is the pain, grief, and broken-heartedness that birth mothers experience long after the baby is home with their adoptive parents.
The healing process for birth mothers is often the most difficult stage of the process. Birth mothers who choose adoption often present similar emotional responses as postpartum depression in mother who do not place their child for adoption.
The difference between PPD and the feelings of grief and loss that birth mothers experience, is that with professional help the feelings of PPD fade over time. The feelings of loss associated with adoption however, in birth mothers may never settle.
Studies have confirmed that women who have placed a child for adoption experienced a significant amount of grief and loss that is oftentimes unchanged or unaffected by time. The inevitable feelings of grief and loss are exacerbated by the lack of support and acknowledgment for their selfless act from others around them. (Madden, 2018)
“ I chose adoption for my son’s future many years ago. There wasn’t any support available to birth mothers back then. While things may have changed in the adoption industry today, many women who placed their child for adoption, still go through the process alone and unsupported. ‘
Kim Noeth, CEO BirthMoms Today
Kim felt this grief deeply, personally, and unfortunately alone, without an ally or a coach with the resources available to help her evolve from the pain. Kim’s firsthand experience gave her the courage to build Birth Moms Today; a program that is filling in the gaps in post-adoption care that society has left for birth moms to fill on their own.
Birth Moms Today provides personal, comprehensive post-adoption resources, encouragement, and support to mothers who have chosen adoption for their baby. Support groups that facilitate community and healing, as well as one-on-one coaching to help release the guilt and hurt are some of the services are offered through Birth Moms today that help facilitates growth and healing in the lives of these women.
“6 in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption; meaning, either they, themselves, a family member or a close friend has been adopted, have adopted a child, or have placed a child for adoption”. (Evan B. Donaldson Institute, 1997)
At the base of each of those personal experiences with adoption, there is a Mother who may still be healing from the pain of her courageous act.
BirthMoms Today is a necessary innovation in our world today. By providing the resources and tools to overcome the grief in the lives of those who reach out seeking support, Kim is able to positively reshape their roads ahead.
The encouragement, support, and partnership of and for these Women AFTER giving a child up for adoption is vitally important. This program is a true innovation not built by hands alone, but built with empathy, heart, a passion for healing.
Click here to learn about BirthMoms Today, and to find ways to support Kim’s mission.
Sources: American Adoptions, Adoption Beyond,Families in Society-The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
*Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Birth Mom’s Today