My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Birth Roots Inc, Portland, ME, USA
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.