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April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I used Birth Roots during my pregnancy for birthing and parenting classes, and after my son was born to "find my flock." They are an amazing resource for the greater Portland area!

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I was more comfortable going in to my birthing experience because I knew better what to expect.

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They are great to work with!

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

I have written articles and blog posts about the amazingness that is Birth Roots. I am more than happy to write a review here, in hopes that another mom will benefit from my suggestion to get to Birth Roots NOW!
I have an almost 1 year old. I'm 30. I spent 2 decades prior babysitting, nannying,
and then becoming an elementary school teacher. I have experience with how to raise children. But being a mom...the sheer physical exhaustion and mental roller coaster made that knowledge useless. I was at square 1 with all of the other new moms. My baby cried a lot, didn't want to be put down, I felt lonely and I live in a rural area--no neighbors to visit easily and an unsafe road for walking.
I saw a Birth Roots publication in my midwive's office and decided to sign up for a postnatal class. It was heaven. Suddenly, with other moms to talk to and a guide from the organization things were easier for a couple hours. Then, as I became friends with the other moms our group expanded. We used the Birth Roots facility until our babies started toddling. Then we were ready to take flight on our own.
That's what Birth Roots *really* does. It gives you this support system, this family (or flock, it's called), and confidence as a new mom. Then, with those roots in place you are able to fly from the nest and be the best parent that you know how.
A couple of weeks ago my flock had a big 1st birthday bash for all of the babies. There were about 30 families there! And all of those babies have such a place in my heart. Such an amazing event.
While I'm speaking of the social aspect mostly, you don't need to only use Birth Roots to build a network. They provide help with breastfeeding, birthing classes, eating and sleeping.
Because of how much I blog, write and share about Birth Roots I constantly have pregnant or new moms asking me about this organization, wondering if this is something they should check out. Without hesitation--yes! you will be a happier mom. And as my own mother used to say, "When mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy."

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My life as a new mom. Birth Roots helps to save your sanity and create powerful roots with your new family.

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

Make it bigger to reach as many new moms as physically possible.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Last March I gave birth to an amazing little man. He was healthy and happy, we were truly blessed. I felt so prepared for motherhood. I assumed breast feeding would be a natural, wonderful bonding experience for me and my young son. Yikes was I wrong! We struggled a great deal in the first week. An amazing lactation consultant came to my house to assist us and she reccommended Birth Roots to us. After week 2 and cleared for driving I bundled up my little guy and made my way across town in search of anwsers, help, reassurance... something. After that day we did not miss a monday @ Eat, Sleep, Nurse. The program is free and facilitated by very knowledgable woman. The environment was so warm and inviting, we loved snuggling up and listening to others dilemas and sharing our own. We then moved on to taking the Buds class. I met some amazing moms and had found my" Flock". Then came the sprouts class and my flock grew. We would meet and share stories and just enjoy adult conversation. As the babies grew and developed we would watch them interact. It was an amazing 5 months... then back to work I went. It was so hard on me. Thankfully my flocked stayed together and we just celebrated our one year birthdays together as a group. I thank BirthRoots for bringing us together and being there to lend support to so many new mothers. It is such a scary and vulnerable time and I am so greatful I found Birth Roots. I reccomend them to every pregnant woman I meet... or see in the grocery store :)

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

They helped me be a better mother :)

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them so much money that they would not need to struggle.

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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?

A lactation consultant

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

It gave me the space and the tools to be a wonderful mother and made my transition into motherhood very smooth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

Birth Roots is to the perinatal phase (9 months before and 9 months after birth) what a doula is to the hours of labor and childbirth, an advocate for acknowledging and meeting a birthing woman's non-clinical needs to feel safe and central to her process of becoming a mother, both physically and emotionally. Women who participate in the Birth Roots Community gain increased self-awareness about their transition and are much less likely to feel traumatized by the birth process and are more able to employ skills and resources for preventing postpartum depression.

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

watching a community of mothers/families learn to rely on each other, benefiting from my own "Flock" of parents to grow with, helping first time mothers feel confident and competent through this vulnerable time.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of connection I feel to other women during a time [early parenting] when many women are most likely to feel isolated and alone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I attended a prenatal class at Birth Roots that was by far the best class I have taken anywhere, ever. I thought I had read every book and was prepared for labor, but the prenatal class took birth preparation to a different level. It was a very powerful educational experience that impacted the participants as individuals, parents and couples. The newborn class was also amazing. I don't know how I would have survived the first three months with my very fussy daughter without the tools, laughter and wisdom that emerged from that group. Birth Roots is an incredible community builder. Our group is still getting together weekly nine months later to support each other as hard working, new moms. These are friendships that were born at Birth Roots and are here to stay.

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

my skills and attitude as a parent. By being a more confident mom, I am also able to reach out and be a more supportive and active partner, friend and community member. Birth Roots strengthens individuals, partnerships and creates communities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the magic that is created through their classes and the women who teach and attend them. That magic affects me every day as a new mom.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

informed, warm, down-to-earth, healing, supportive and overall wonderful human beings

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionize the parenting experience for our generation, save thousands of partnerships and heal our fragmented communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

Very important experience after my son was born - went 1x a week (at least) on and off for the first 6 months for classes and just to hang out with other new moms. Helped SO MUCH to normalize the experience, get help learning how to care for my son and myself, and connect with other women going through similar things. Still in touch with other moms/babies one year later!

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

how it helped me learn specific parenting strategies and also transition into my identity as a new mom of a young infant. Without it, I would have been more isolated and at risk for postpartum depression and problematic attachment issues with my son.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

After giving birth to my son, I realized I was not at all prepared to care for an infant. I don't think you can be truly prepared. But fortunately, I stumbled upon Birthroots. The weekly classes I took provided a place to talk, laugh, and learn with other mothers. We commiserated over our sleepless nights and learned that we weren't alone in raising our newborns. I finished taking my classes seven months ago but still meet for weekly playgroups with the friends I met at Birthroots. I feel truly lucky that I found Birthroots when I did.

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

I still meet for weekly playgroups with the mothers I met at Birthroots.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure all new mothers know about and have access to the newborn classes at Birthroots.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it helped me survive the sleepless of raising a newborn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

empathatic and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide support to every mother and baby.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned about Birthroots sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining their funding so they can continue offer great classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Birth Roots changed my experience when I first became a mother. The support, the understanding, the array of resources helped me feel less alone in the transition of becoming a mother. I needed Birth Roots so much, that I quit my old job and joined Birth Roots board, then started facilitating classes! It is a much needed community resource for our area to support new families with celebrating the joy and beauty of becoming new parents as well as the struggles and challenges it also brings. The directors - Leah and Emily are brilliant!!

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

Hearing the feedback from mothers and families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The difference a community of caring mothers and parents can make during the first year of having an infant. I have seen experiences with infants transformed in a positive way (including mine!)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, supportive, open, and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a resource like this available in every community! Content, supported, loving families create supporting loving children which translates to a loving supportive world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Birth Roots is an amazing place. What they offer women, children, and families in the community is truly not available anywhere else. Their non-medical model for supporting new parents offers a caring and safe environment for deep learning. Men and women get the information and support they need to feel empowered throughout the perinatal period; facing labor and birth from a place of strength and knowledge, they start their parenting journey off on the right foot.

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I personally experienced the empowerment of Birth Roots before, during, and after the birth of my now two year-old son. I felt ready for the rite of passage that is labor and deliverly. I was completely supported during the post-partum phase with my baby.

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

I'd love to see Birth Roots expand and be able to serve more people in Southern Maine. That's one reason I got more involved!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling empowered!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world for the better, one pregnant mama at a time!

Ways to make it better...

I could ahve worked less and hung out at Birth Roots more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough money and exposure to get the word out and the work done.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE Birth Roots!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I have no idea how to sum up the wonderful expriences I have had thanks to Birthroots. I found a safe and welcoming place to learn about and prepare for labor and delivery, express the my many feelings experienced during and after pregnancy as well as meet new friends and supports. The prenatal classes I attended contained more than just the birthing basics. I gained confidence in myself and my body. The class also provided an opportunity for my partner and I to envision our labor experience and communicate our expectations and fears. I have since utlized Birthroots through their resource booklet, facebook posts and look foward to attending future events hosted by Birthroots.

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

the birth of my son because I was strong, confident (most of the time) and prepared.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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