BIRTH ROOTS INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews 195

Issues: Health, Reproductive Rights

Location: 101 State St Portland ME 04101 USA

Mission: Birth Roots removes the obstacles to perinatal health by providing a continuity of community support, education and resources, before, during and after the birth of a child. Birth Roots’s unique and innovative programs reduce perinatal isolation and provide access to a support network thus helping to alleviate two of the most preventable causes of postpartum depression.
Target demographics: newly pregnant, almost due, new parents in Southern Maine
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families
Geographic areas served: Southern Maine
Programs: Prenatal classes & groups, Postnatal classes & groups, Doula Training, Doula Teas, Perinatal Resource Guide
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-1803650
(207) 772-4784
www.ourbirthroots.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

Birthroots' classes and groups (Birthing From Within with Leah, Blossoming Newborns with Jen and Eat, Sleep Nurse walk-in) have provided me with the support, resources, confidence and community that I needed to have the birth experience I was hoping for, the common sense education that every new mother needs, and the friendships that were an unexpected blessing and bonus.

Thank you Birhtroots!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that I approached my pregnancy, labor, birth experience and now in the way I am mothering my child

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I could refer it to friends of mine that don't live in the area - we just need more places like this in the world!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Referred by a doula

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took several prenatal claseses at Birthroots, as well as postnatal mothering classes. The Birthing from Within class prepared me for a successful natural childbirthing evperience. The mothering classes have introduced me to tens of wonderful new moms. i now have a large community of mom-friends, which is really important to me being a new stay-at-home mom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

childbirth and mothering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Birth Roots looking for a hypnobirthing class. I went to one of their frequent open houses and fell in love with the organization. Their goal seems to be to help every family learn their own way to happiness and health with support, love, and ACCURATE information. We learned so much in their class, but also met other families and created a great social group for ourselves and our baby. We are so happy we found birth roots!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my attitude towards birth, parenting, and my baby's socialization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them a to a bigger space

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had heard great things about Birth Roots long before I was pregnant, so as soon as I found out we were expecting I signed up for every class that was available, from Welcoming Pregnancy to Blossoming Newborns. The support received and knowledge learned is priceless, as are the bonds that are formed with other families. Emily and Leah are amazing facilitators.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the tools that I have learned to helped me to grow as a parent along side my daughters growth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a family member.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Birth Roots is amazing. Last April, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. On the advice of a friend with two children, we went out as much as possible. But going out with a tiny infant, when you're barely accustomed to even being a parent, can be tiring, especially since I only knew a couple other people with infants. At my prenatal group's 6 week reunion, someone mentioned that they were taking a class at Birth Roots. I practically ran to my computer when I arrived back home, looked up the classes, and signed up for one. Going out...to a place with other babies and mamas! What a relief!

That first class was amazing - it was so wonderful to meet and connect with other moms in the same boat we were in. Sleepless nights, feeding concerns, we discussed it all. It was really great to know I wasn't alone and the things that my lovely daughter was doing, however frustrating they might have seemed, were normal baby things. After that first class, we went on to take several more classes and meet countless other mamas and babies. It was with a heavy heart that I realized we were taking our last class not too long ago! But I now have this amazing group of people that I see and talk to on a regular basis. Recently, we just had a giant birthday party for nearly 30 families. A week doesn't go by where I don't see at least one other mama and baby from out Birth Roots days. The connections we made there are amazing!

Truly a lifesaver!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the social aspects of having a new baby. I didn't know I needed a flock, but I sure am glad I found mine!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them enough money that they wouldn't have to struggle with space. I would love continuing classes for older children/mamas as well!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through my midwives office.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Almost everyone I see and talk to on a regular basis, I met through Birth Roots. Without them, our family would be a lot lonelier and less prepared for raising an infant.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Birth Roots provided a safe, warm and supportive space for me and my baby for his first year of life. I relied on them for advice on everything from nursing to baby carriers. In this amazing space, and through their classes, I found a community of moms that I cherish. My little guy and I have been so fortunate to have a group of 20 moms and babies that we see on a regular basis for playing, checking in with questions, or exchanging messages and pictures. We are connected and bonded through sharing the joys and struggles on our journey as mothers. I am and will be forever grateful to Birth Roots.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community that i found through their services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first found Birth Roots through my midwives office when I was looking to take a birth class other than the one the hospital offered. I signed up for the Bridge Package, which included "Birthing from Within", a breastfeeding class, and a class about the "Fourth Trimester" (the first three months after your baby's birth) My experience with these prenatal classes was absolutely wonderful- I went into labor feeling confident that no matter the particulars of my birth experience, I would find a way to focus on the joy of bringing my baby into this world. As great as my prenatal classes at Birth Roots were, the real value of this organization for me came after my son was born. I took all three of their postnatal classes, starting with "Buds", when my son was just 2 weeks old. During pregnancy I was so focused on the birth- and for nine months this excitement built and it ended in this spectacularly beautiful event- the highest emotional peak of my life. When I started settling into my new life with this unimaginably amazing little creature there were a whole host of new emotions that came with the haze of sleepless nights, worries about whether my baby was getting enough milk, whether I was doing this or that right, if I'd ever have another moment to myself or to spend with my husband. If I had spent this postpartum period without the company of other new mothers, I wouldn't have known that this was completely normal. I might have felt guilty for thinking about my own needs. Sitting in a circle of my peers, I listened to story after story just like my own. I formed such a tight bond with these women that a year later, I count them among my best friends, and we continue to support each other through the highs and lows of parenting. I can't imagine how much harder this year would have been without Birth Roots to foster these friendships.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my relationship with my child, my partner, and with other new mothers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have classes for older children- I would probably attend until my child was a teenager if they allowed it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend introduced me to Birth Roots two weeks after my first son was born. It was exactly what I needed. I was begining to feel isolated, lonely and overwhelmed in my new role as a stay at home mom. Birth Roots connected me with other mothers going through the same experiences and tons of resources. I made wonderful friends in the Blossoming Newborns classes and at the drop in groups. We still meet with our Birth Roots friends every week for playgroup, three years later. Birth Roots has been very beneficial to our family. I am grateful to have been introduced to Birth Roots and appreciative of all of their hard work. Thank you Leah and Emily!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the classes and other resources provided

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to volunteer more

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

I was introduced to Birth Roots by a friend.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am a better parent.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I didn't know what a "flock" was or that I needed one, but I am so grateful for finding Birthroots soon after the birth of my first child! The facilitators make it such a welcoming, inclusive space that my daughter and I looked forward to meeting our new friends there very frequently. I loved hearing about everyone's week, getting new ideas and knowing that I wasn't alone in whatever I was dealing with that day. Now I have several flocks I am proud to be a part of and my daughter is a social butterfly!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming the mother I hoped I would be and meeting some extraordinary people!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more resources (money, space and time) to offer even more programs that assist in this amazing transformation to parenthood!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

The Birthroots Resource Guide

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Birth Roots programs not only provided our family with the education we were looking for (prenatal, birth, and beyond) - but we've been connected with TONS of families in our area with kids of similar ages. We have a safe place to go. Somewhere to learn and grow. Highly recommend Birth Roots to any family within driving distance!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being empowered to experience birth the way I needed to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them understand how to generate more revenue from the services they provide

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