Taken Babies - Stolen Lives: Help Care for First Mothers

For: Kathy McMahon
Ireland
Organizer: Kathy McMahon
$575
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 8 donors
57% Complete

The Story

Please help us to fund a conference for mothers who were incarcerated for being pregnant and suffered ostracization and even the forced adoption of their own child.

I found the strength to speak out, and so have other mothers in Irish First Mothers - a peer support and reform activism group which I founded in early 2014. Meeting other mothers through the group has helped us find freedom from the weight of secrets kept for decades. ( Read My Story Here: http://bit.ly/KathyMcMahonJournalArticle )

But countless more traumatized women still silently suffer PTSD, depression and ill health and unexpressed grief. Through the conference we aim to encourage more women to speak about their experiences and lose the sense of shame instilled by a repressed society where women pregnant outside marriage were scorned. By empowering us women to realise our self worth and come together, we can discuss issues and plan activities to ensure no woman is left behind.

Mothers have been not been offered even basic support to help them to help each other. We are being victimized a second time over, because with courage the truth is coming out now, yet as memories are stirred up it's a painful time for the mothers themselves. They need support. We need support. to carry this mission forward. We are now over 50 women in the First Mothers group who had our babies forcibly taken, but resources are exhausted from battling this far.

We need to scale up to build healing outreach so that we can help each other all walk down the path of healing together. We need to build our activism so we can demand and get the justice and truth we deserve. We are frugal and effective, so your aid will go a long way. We need whatever help you can offer. Thank you.

We are Irish First Mothers.
Never again to be silenced.
We are their worst nightmare.
Proud to have survived.

Kathy McMahon, Radio Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBXs9YsWaU

Sharon, Radio Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_nAfN3clNk

Adoption Contact Issue: http://bit.ly/No-Adoption-Contact-Veto

Find Us Online:

http://bit.ly/FirstMothersBlog

http://bit.ly/FirstMothersTwitter

http://bit.ly/VoiceForIrishFirstMothers

http://IrishFirstMothers.com

My Story: http://bit.ly/KathyMcMahonJournalArticle

My return to Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne after 42 years http://bit.ly/2aEsNV1

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 9, 2016

Posted on August 9, 2016

Thank you to the three people who have donated to date. We are currently organising a conference which will bring as many members of Irish First Mothers together as possible, some for the first time since losing their children to adoption. The theme for our conference is Triumph (over adversity), which will be held in the near future at a venue to be announced closer to the date. Even today we face adversity through silencing and estrangement. Our aim is to empower and encourage all Irish First Mothers, to engage with each other and work towards justice for all. We have been silenced for far too long, now its our time to let our voices be heard.

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