Woman finds birth mother on social media

DES MOINES - All it took was a picture and a little help from social media. A Des Moines woman looked to strangers to help her find her birth mom, and just three days later she found what she was looking for.

This is the moment Hannah Stouffer has been waiting years for.

"Honestly I felt like I was going to throw up like I wanted to scream," she said.

It took social media just hours.

"Within three days, 50,000 people," she said.

Thousands of people who saw the picture and couldn't help but spread the word.

"Within an hour I had over 1,000 retweets, I had over hundreds of shares on Facebook, the next day it was on KCCI," said Stouffer.

It was a simple photo with a huge plea.

"My name is Hannah. I was born April 12, 1995 at the Des Moines Hospital in Iowa. I was adopted through a closed adoption and am trying to find my birth mom," it read.

"I won't go everyday wondering who I look like, I won't go everyday wondering where I got my nose from, my eyes from," said Stouffer.

A woman who saw the post three days later thought she knew Stouffer's birth mom.

"I didn't believe it at first and then she was asking her questions and then she was like, asked her who delivered me and she told me the name of the doctor," said Stouffer.

There was something else.

"I asked her if she left me anything when you left the hospital? And she said yes, a blanket and an outfit and I know no one else would have known that," said Stouffer.

Stouffer has already talked to her birth mom on the phone and they've exchanged texts, now 19 years later she'll once again get to feel her mom's arms around her.

"I want to see her, I want to meet her, I want to thank her, I want to just hug her, talk to her, hear her voice," said Stouffer.

Stouffer says a reunion with her birth mother will take place this weekend. The birth mother also lives in Des Moines.


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