Just for Birth Moms

Looking for some birth mother resources? Join BraveLove to be a part of a community of women who have placed a child for adoption. You'll find encouraging stories and information about post adoption support.

BraveLove loves connecting birth mothers because we see how important it is for a birth mom to not walk alone during her adoption journey.


Support groups & retreats

This is a guaranteed way to meet other women who have placed a child for adoption. Check out this list of birth parent post-adoption support groups and retreats. We’ve vetted these, but encourage you to check them out too. Every person is different, which is why we’ve created this diverse list. We plan to expand this directory over time with more details and groups in order to provide plenty of resource options for birth parents nationwide.

If you know of a birth parent support group or retreat or online group not listed, email [email protected] We’d love to learn more about them.

Learn more about post-adoption support groups

Plan a meet-up

Pick a date and then plan something simple and informal like coffee, ice cream or even meeting at the park. Take a friend for safety reasons and so you don't have to be alone. Use social media to get the word out. Post something as simple as "Any Austin birth moms want to meet for coffee this Saturday? Message me for details."

We're happy to help you get the word out too! Just tell us when and where.

Tell us about your meet-up


Obviously, this can be the most immediate way to connect with other birth moms. We've seen the internet be a really valuable place to connect. (But we're always a fan of the face-to-face too!) There are a number of different groups and discussion forums out there. Do you have a favorite you'd recommend? Let us know!

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Being a Birth Mom

Check out the latest commentaries from our Being a Birth Mom contributors.

All the Hard Parts Are Worth It — Nicole's Story

Nicole1.jpgI grew up in McKinney, Texas and I am a birth mom.  I first found out I was pregnant the day before my mom was to leave to Delaware forever. Scared was an understatement, seeing as how she's my only support system.

I immediately called my friend, who also placed a baby girl for adoption eleven years ago. I called her because I knew she could give me advice about ALL options and not just one. I did know that I already loved my baby more than anything else in the world, so every decision made from that point on was made completely out of love. I was twenty-one years old with nothing or no one to support me. So, I chose to place my child for adoption.

Adoption has a stigma behind it; I am not that stigma — Erika's Story

image1.jpeg23 years, 5 months, 14 days, 19 hours, 57 minutes and 59 seconds ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He was perfect but he wasn’t exactly mine. We made the most difficult, unselfish and brave decision of handing him over to his forever family. The heartbreak, pain and agony are very real. The kind of real that hurts your heart for the rest of your life.

Theresa's Story: A Timeline of Events


My first contact with My Heather in Jan 2018: 


My name is Theresa. In July of 1985, I placed a beautiful baby girl that was born in Indianapolis up for adoption. I have been looking for her for several years and praying that God would cross our paths. In October of this past year, I received a surprising message from her father, Tony S. We have been in contact with each other and in December he and his wife did a 23 & Me DNA test (as his wife is looking for her parents). He contacted me this evening saying that your name showed up on his list of relatives. As you can imagine, he and I are anxious/excited to reach out to you to see if maybe you are that baby girl. All we have known was her adoptive parents named her Heather Lynn, and we are not even sure that she knows that she was adopted. If you happen to be this Heather, please know we are in no way trying to disrupt your life. We are only looking to meet her someday. Please feel free to message me, text me or call me with any questions you may have. Thank you.

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