MOMSBLOOM INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights

Location: 3292 North Evergreen Drive NE Grand Rapids MI 49525 USA

Mission: MomsBloom, building strong families – through peer support and advocacy – to successfully navigate the challenges of early motherhood.
Results: We have trained over 300 volunteers since conception (2008) and serve 250 families yearly.
Target demographics: families with a newborn or those that have experience loss through miscarriage or stillbirth.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 families by building strong families – through peer support and advocacy – and successfully helped navigate the challenge of early motherhood.
Geographic areas served: Kent County and surrounding areas
Programs: Flourishing Families and Cameron's Garden (grief support)

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

Gramps

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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MomsBloom begins with a simple premise: young families bringing home a newborn baby are often overwhelmed by fatigue, isolation and a sense of needing extra hands-on support. When extended family is not available to offer such support, MomsBloom matches families with volunteer Moms (and sometimes Dads) from the community who want to help families get a strong start with their new one. Volunteers are often mothers or grandmothers whose families are grown and gone and they have great experience and heart to offer to a new mom. The result is profound. Our new moms report an immediate sense of renewed optimism, confidence and energy with the help of their volunteer visitor who comes for a few hours each week to hold baby while mom gets a much needed nap, or help with light chores to ease the burden on mom, or simply offer an understanding ear while mom describes the transition she is experiencing. And volunteers feel they've made an important difference in the life of a family by helping them build a strong foundation for that family's future. Everybody wins.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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We are grateful you are a part of it too, Valerie! Thanks for all you do to keep us running and moving forward!

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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1 person found this review helpful

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".

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Volunteer Coordinator of MomsBloom and I am also a volunteer as well. I am truly moved to see women reaching out and accepting the help they need. It is rewarding to see a mom gain confidence and feel empowered in her new role. I feel lucky to be a part of an organization that strives to bring people together, support families, and strengthen our community.

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

Seeing moms recover from Postpartum Depression and heal after a challenging start with a newborn.

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

Grow into other areas and increase the volunteer base.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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! :)

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Thank you, Maria! We are grateful for your unwavering support! Sara

Rating: 5 stars  

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 ;)

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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

Rating: 4 stars  

I enjoy working with MomsBloom as a volunteer for the thrill of watching a family grow in their comfort and confidence with each other. I appreciate the strength it takes to reach out for help and accept what is offered by a volunteer in your home. I am thankful they allow me to be a part of this chapter in their life.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are grateful to have you a part of the MomsBloom family!