Meet Shelbi! She's one of our newest contributors to the Being A Birth Mom column...

Hello, my name is Shelbi! Ever since becoming a birth mother, my entire life has changed! Adoption and being a birth mother is something that I am VERY passionate about!

I have a front row seat to the most amazing part of life, watching others become parents and empowering other women to choose adoption for their babies! I am living proof to show everyone that we do exist and to show that adoption can be the most positive experience.

Too many negative perspectives exist about adoption when in reality it is the most eye-opening experience to share with others! I am a 22-year-old birth mother from Kansas City, Missouri. I am a proud alumnus of Kansas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and finishing a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I am SO excited to be getting married in November 2018 to the most supportive, caring, and understanding man!

I placed my son in 2014 and have immersed myself in the adoption community ever since! I have a completely open adoption with my son and his parents through visits, pictures, videos, and everything in between. Yes, I love seeing every picture possible of my son and his parents; it fills my heart with joy to see their family pictures. It makes the adoption journey a million times better getting to see how happy they are as a family, living the dream that every parent wants! I absolutely LOVE meeting future/current birth parents AND future/current adoptive couples! The birth mothers and adoptive couples that I have encountered are the most caring, mature, hardworking, and kindhearted people that I know. My ultimate mission since placement has been to support and educate others as much as I can. When I went through my initial placement, I did not know anyone who had experienced adoption, so I felt VERY ALONE! Ever since that day, I made it my personal mission to support, advocate, and educate others about adoption as a birth mother. I firmly believe in supporting/helping other birth mother's, so no one has to experience this journey alone! 

> You'll be hearing more from Shelbi soon! If you are a birth mom, we want to hear from you. If you're interested in contributing to the Being a Birth Mom column check out the editorial guide here or send us an e-mail!