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May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Birth Roots is an amazing organization, and is likely one of the main reasons why I have managed to avoid postpartum depression. I am a new mom and after a particularly tough labor, delivery and week-long NICU stay, followed by severe feeding problems, I was feeling isolated and was having trouble finding enjoyment in my new role as a parent. We took the Sprouts session of the Blossoming Newborns class at Birth Roots when my daughter was almost three months old, and this almost instantly transformed our experience. We found a wonderful community of babies and mothers with whom we still gather on a weekly basis. We also found a safe, baby-friendly space in which to spend time when we want to get out of the house. Because of Birth Roots, I have gained confidence as a mother, feel more educated about my choices as a parent, and am able to celebrate the joys of parenting more fully. I have found a support network that I can always turn to for guidance, empathy, and companionship. We are now taking the Seedlings class and also participate in the Eat, Sleep, Nurse group for breastfeeding support. Our family is incredibly thankful for Birth Roots, as it has truly helped shape our postpartum experience and connected us with people who are likely to be lifelong friends. Without Birth Roots, I imagine we would be struggling more with developing our confidence as parents and establishing friendships with other new parents.

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

my family life. My daughter and I have had so much fun with the Birth Roots community, and my husband and I are more confident and have been able to take a more relaxed approach to our parenting experience.

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

the sense of community and unconditional support from other parents.

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

amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Birth Roots is the most personally helpful, most inspiring organization I've ever seen in action (and I consult with nonprofits, so that's saying a lot). As a pregnant first-time parent who recently moved to the area, my husband and I went into this experience feeling completely alone, and a year later, we feel that BR is responsible for our entire social support network and so much of our confidence as new parents. From our childbirth education (Birthing From Within) to the amazing, unique Blossoming Newborns series (with classes for each postnatal "trimester") to a breastfeeding prep class and drop-in group, Birth Roots' orientation has always been about helping us to become educated, understand our choices, and feel fully empowered as new parents - setting the stage and tone for all of our parenting experiences yet to come. We have also taken advantage of prenatal couples counseling, postpartum doula support, lactation support, and baby sign and singing classes, and we turn to Birth Roots' community resource guide every time we need help finding services or provides. EVERY NEW PARENT NEEDS A BIRTH ROOTS IN THEIR LIVES - IT ISN'T A LUXURY, BUT A NECESSITY. It is not an exaggeration to say that this organization is the reason I as a new mother survived pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I could never have known in advance how much new parents - particularly new mothers - need (physically, psychologically, emotionally), nor how this transition would be the defining experience that sets the tone for family dynamics to come. Because BR is so responsible for my sense of success as a new parent, I have joined their Board and recommend them to every pregnant person (even pre-conception families) I meet.

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

all aspects of my parenting. From feeling like I had so much support that I was never a candidate for postpartum depression to having the courage to make professional choices that would help balance career and family, Birth Roots is responsible.

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

the people I've met, from birth and early parenting professionals who are now my biggest mentors as a new mother, to the other new parents in our "flock" who are a tight social support system.

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

simply the best. Trained doulas, perinatal educators, and counselors who are some of the most passionate, dedicated folks I've ever encountered.

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

roll out its model across the country and strengthen families (and therefore entire communities) by setting them on a course for success from the start. There's international potential for the Birth Roots model, too.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

I recently heard Birth Roots described as a safe space where a new mom could go with breast milk leaking onto her shirt and feel supported. Before becoming a new mom 7 months ago I wouldn't have appreciated that description, or the importance of having such a space. Birth Roots has been a haven for me these past months. It has connected me with helpful resources, improved my parenting skills, and most importantly helped me find my flock (mothers with babies the same age as mine). Engaging with my flock helps me feel supported, empowered and more confident as a mother. I know I am not alone, even in the middle of the night if I happen to be awake with my baby. I've attended two incredibly helpful "Blossoming Newborns" classes at Birth Roots, a "Baby Booty" yard sale, the Birth Roots open house, and a baby-friendly showing of the movies "Babies", sponsored by Birth Roots. Also, I use the Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Guide. These are just some of the ways Birth Roots helps support me and connect me to a helpful, healthy, family-friendly community. I wish every new parent could have a Birth Roots in his/her town. It has had an enormous, positive impact on me during this tender time of transition.

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

...two "Blossoming Newborns" classes at Birth Roots, a "Baby Booty" yard sale, the Birth Roots open house, a baby-friendly showing of the movies "Babies" sponsored by Birth Roots, and the Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Guides of 2009 + 2010.

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

...finding my "flock" (moms with babies the same age as mine) and learning together with/from them about parenting.

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

...incredibly enthusiastic, caring, knowledgeable and organized.

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

...change the world, one new mom at a time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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