We are so excited to announce our upcoming Lifetime Healing Birth Mother Support Group event happening on November 9 th , pm more details coming soon! We believe in the importance of post-placement care through community and counsel. After a breakdown that took place almost 5 years after placing her son for adoption she knew that she needed to be able to talk to someone that would understand the trauma and loss of adoption for a birth mother. After months of research, she found very little that not only embraced her grief but that also encouraged her to heal and keep putting one foot in front of the other. After hitting dead end after dead end she decided she would start her own community in the off chance that there would be someone, anyone, out there that could benefit from support and vulnerability. For almost a decade Ashley has been one of the most consistent and sought after Birth Mother voices in the nation. Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touched the hearts of countless members of the adoption triad. Her passion for post placement care and reform is contagious. She is known for her vulnerability and realness through her speaking, writing, mentoring and advocacy work for the Adoption community. She believes strongly in the power of sharing your story, educating yourself on the issues, and providing the resources so that women can feel empowered and successful in their journey.
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Lost in past, present and future events as they relate to my kids and the differences in my experiences of becoming a mother to each of them. I want to share some thoughts that I had in January, when I gave birth to our son. A boy of my own! I am sitting here staring at my newborn son, in awe of how beautiful he is and what a miracle this little life is. I am so overwhelmed with blessings and joy that it is hard to put into words how I feel. I have a daughter that is almost two now, and I remember having the same feelings about her, knowing what a miracle giving birth is and how amazing the little ones are. But this one is just a little bit different. This one is a boy. I have finally had a chance to have a son, another boy, almost six years later.
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Adoption can be challenging to talk about, even for the most seasoned advocate. In this Live AMA with birth mom Ashley Mitchell, we dig deep into adoption and discuss what empowering support looks like for birth moms. Ashley placed her son for adoption when she was 26 years old. In the years since, she has become one of the most sought after birth mother voices in the nation, founding Big Tough Girl and Lifetime Healing Foundation. Click the video below and hit start at the minute mark to watch. Thanks for being part of this important conversation. And thus, our tendency has been to emphasize the experience of adoptive parents. Adoption professionals are the guide, and they need to be there in the rebuild. As a culture, we need to realize that she is a real person, not a hero nor a failure.
I found myself in an unplanned pregnancy at the age of Those 9 months changed the course of my life forever in all the best and most tragic ways possible. When I made the decision to place my child for adoption I had no idea that it would literally change the very identity of who I was and what I would become. Through years of grief and denial I was on a path leading straight to complete and utter destruction. After that decision I became very casual in my relationships, I became very dependent on alcohol and other numbing substances, I hated my own reflection in the mirror and I blamed everyone else for everything that was wrong in my life. I did not want to AND could not face the pain and grief that I was feeling. I started to recognize 3 things that kept creeping up in my daily struggle As we all know you can't run forever! What I learned was that I was spending all of my time, energy and money fighting against myself instead of fighting for myself.