Because Every New Mom Deserves A Village:
When my son was born in 2011, I struggled. Fortunately, I had a great village to help me adjust to being a new mom. Not all moms have their proverbial village to help raise a child.
MomsBloom is a non-profit organization that encourages new moms. It is a volunteer-driven group of women who raise awareness about PPD, offers in-house support to new moms, and helps new moms make connections in the community. MomsBloom advocates for healthy babies and families in West Michigan.
I joined MomsBloom as a volunteer in 2012, to help provide a village to other new moms who were not as fortunate as I was. As MomsBloom grew, I utilized my background in communications and knowledge of social media to help MomsBloom grow its online presence: https://momsbloom.org/
In 2014, we launched our first #GivingTuesday campaign. We surpassed our modest goal of $1000 donations by 25%! It was so rewarding to contribute to the success of this great organization, which is why I continue to support MomsBloom as a Social Media Manager, organizing volunteer drives, creating online communities for new moms, and launching another #GivingTuesday campaign this year. I hope to double last year's donations using the social media tactics shared by #GivingTuesday and reaching out to our volunteers and the over 1000 families we have served in West Michigan!
Review from #MyGivingStory
Since life is full of surprises we are not always prepared for them. If MomsBloom could have been around in the ‘60’s my wife and I would have been given the support we needed. We would have been able to avoid some of our stress, and heartache, as our son struggled with colic, and as we struggled with feelings of inadequacy and fear.
This struggle took place while I was stationed in Berlin, Germany with the United States Army. Our son was born in the US Army hospital there. He arrived screaming, which is not uncommon, but it persisted. Doctors, at that time, did not know how to treat colic successfully so we endured until he outgrew it.
Now that MomsBloom is successfully helping families through these difficult times I now realize that my wife and I were in the same situation, but all alone. Their care and loving support would have made a significant difference in our ability to feel confident and able, and would have eliminated much of our stress.
Thank you, MomsBloom, for your loving concern for families!
MomsBloom is an organization that is needed! The lack of help for post-baby moms and moms in general is lacking. MomsBloom makes it possible for moms to get some help when needed and have safe support. I highly recommend this organization and am so happy MomsBloom does what they do to ensure better help for moms.
Our family designates its ongoing United Way donations to MomsBloom because we have met many moms who have received support from a MomsBloom volunteer who say that their volunteer had a life-changing impact on their lives at a time when they were feeling isolated and vulnerable. On the flip side, we have met many, many volunteers who gain a sense of meaning and community connection by offering their hands-on and emotional support to a family in need. This is an organization that creates a win-win for all involved, and these moms who feel more empowered and supported, go on to be parents who are able to raise their kids in a healthy, balanced way knowing that their community cares about their welfare. Hundreds of families each year are served by a team of dedicated and trained volunteers, while the staff of the organization remains very small. I feel proud to live in a community that cares so deeply for its young families.
MomsBloom is about families starting out strong. Our volunteers reach out to young families at a time when they need it most -the arrival of a newborn baby. Whether a family is living geographically far from extended family members, facing the challenges of post partum depression, raising multiple children while juggling jobs, managing a child with special health concerns, or recovering from the stresses of chilbirth, MomsBloom volunteers bring a set of loving hands and an open heart to supporting families during those critical weeks of adjustment when baby first arrives home. Week after week, we hear new moms talk about the difference their volunteer has made in their lives - often developing friendships that last beyond their three month period of volunteer support. And the benefits extend just as profoundly to those who volunteer. Caring mothers, grandmothers, and even college women experience the joy of offering both emotional and hands on help to a new mother and they get to share in witnessing a mother's gaining confidence and balance in her new parenting role. Strong families are the foundation of a strong community and MomsBloom helps build those strong families one volunteer at a time.
I've seen MomsBloom grow from a simple idea to an organization that has served hundreds and hundreds of families. People don't always have family nearby to help after a baby is born - and even when they do, they're not always helpful in the way you need them to be. MomsBloom bridges that gap. As a new parent, the simple act of taking an uninterrupted nap or making a meal can take an outrageous effort. MomsBloom volunteers bring sanity back to new moms. Support MomsBloom so MomsBloom can support the community.
It's my honor to serve on the board of MomsBloom. I got involved because of my previous postpartum depression, and MomsBloom offers such great support and learning for new moms. It's especially hard if moms don't have family nearby to lean on, so MomsBloom becomes such an important resource when there is that lack of support. They also have a wonderful program to encourage and walk with families who are dealing with the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Having been through two pregnancy losses, I know how important it is to have that encouragement and understanding from someone who has been through the same thing. MomsBloom really cares for moms and babies and the whole family and I'm proud to be a part of it!
We are grateful you are a part of it too, Valerie! Thanks for all you do to keep us running and moving forward!
It was my pleasure to work on the MomsBloom board this year! What a fantastic group of people--all working together to move the mission of MomsBloom forward! I have been a volunteer, staff member and board member! This organization fills a gaping hole in our society today-- we bring the community together to offer support that families desperately need! I have heard many moms comment about what a difference in their lives we have made and that their families are so much stronger and healthier after receiving postpartum support.
MomsBloom makes a positive impact by helping families through the challenging transition after a baby is born. I loved a quote I heard recently. Another volunteer said that she was introduced to the father of the baby. The mother said, "Honey, meet Leslie, she's the reason I'm blooming".
My MomsBloom volunteer was amazing. I contacted MomsBloom before my son was born as part of my postpartum depression prevention/management plan. They gathered enough information to pair me with the perfect volunteer. She was kind, helpful, and understanding. The birth of my son followed a previous pregnancy loss, and she helped me navigate through the huge range of emotions that followed. She also helped me fold laundry, and played with my daughter. She saved my sanity and helped keep me afloat. I miss her every time I do laundry! :)
Thank you, Christi for the beautiful review! We are thrilled that we could support you at a very vulnerable time. We look forward to staying in touch. Thanks again! Sara
In this day if far flung families, where help is not always readily available, MomsBloom fills the void. They provide caring and much needed help to all who need it at no cost. This is one of my top organizations to support because of the tangible good they do.
Thank you, Maria! We are grateful for your unwavering support! Sara
I reached out to MomsBloom after having twins. It was the best thing I ever did. Not only did they send the perfect volunteer to help with the babies, but it was so great knowing that on Tuesday morning I would have someone here to listen and chat with me, feed a baby, and I usually made lunch for us. I am so thankful for all the work they do and can't wait until I have the time to volunteer and help changes somebodies day (I'll have 3 kids 17mo and under come Dec, so it might be a while ;)
Thank you, Molli, for your review and for inviting us into your home. We're really glad you gave us a call. We're patient, so whenever you feel ready to volunteer, we'll be here :o). All the best to you and your beautiful family. Please stay in touch, Sara