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
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.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are grateful to have you a part of the MomsBloom family!
I'm so honored to participate as Family Coordinator for MomsBloom because I work with courageous families reaching out for support and get to experience the life-changing role of our volunteers on a regular basis. In MomsBloom everybody wins. The families who reach out for support are able to feel the love and care from their community as they invite a volunteer to help them through the transitional period following a new baby's arrival. The support is offered at no cost to families and our programs service families in every socio-economic sector of West Michigan. Our volunteers also "win" because their skills at compassion, active listening, practical hands-on help and networking make an immediate difference in the lives of new moms. This caring partnership often lends itself to lifelong friendships beyond the MomsBloom window of support. And this program serves hundreds of local families each year with very minimal overhead cost. I think every community would benefit from adopting this new take on building extended family.
My involvement with MomsBloom began about 3.5 years ago. As a Clinical Mental Health Therapist, I was grateful for this non-profit that was accessible to all families to support them during the newborn phase. They have created a beautiful model for offering extended family-like support in our moderns times when families are not always so close together or able to support post-partum families as we did years ago.
Additionally, MomsBloom has been vital in raising awareness locally and nationally about Post-Partum Depression and other Perinatal Mood Disorders and Adjustment Disorders. Cameron's Garden is also providing supportive volunteers to family that experience perinatal loss and infant loss.
I have volunteered with MomsBloom in the past and joined the board in January 2013. It has been a great honor to be a part of the organization in this capacity and work to developing an alliance with BRAINS, where they will be taking residence.
The clients I provide therapy to have found their weekly to biweekly volunteers to be invaluable to remaining connected, probably one of the greatest gifts we can give any new parent - someone who they can connect to. Isolation is one of the hardest things both new mothers and fathers can feel after having a new baby. MomsBloom fills a gap that simply cannot be filled by any other resource in our community. It's wisdom from the past, the idea that it takes a village, provided to all, but especially families that may not qualify for extra services from some of our other great community resources. There are so many moms that don't feel like they deserve this extra special care....while its an extra special service in our community....Moms, you deserve it! To be nurtured means you will increase your ability to nurture your baby with less stress and deeper compassion for yourself. This gives your baby a beautiful transition into the world, and yourself a beautiful and transformational transition into motherhood (even if it's your 5th time!)
It is my sincere hope that for the greater good, MomsBloom's unique and passionate vision will continue to grow and reach more and more families.
I am involved in the work of MomsBloom in several different capacities, but the most rewarding has been my role as a Volunteer. I have had the honor of helping a new mother get back on her feet after nearly dying from the birth of her twins. I have also gotten to experience (from an outsider's viewpoint) the pleasure of watching a couple turn into a family before my eyes! What an inspiration. The twins have grown and changed so much, and knowing that I played a part in the health and well-being of this family is endlessly rewarding. Great experience all-around!
I remain connected to MomsBloom as a volunteer because I have seen first hand the difference that we make as volunteers. I have heard the relief in a mother's voice when she knows help is on the way during an overwhelming and difficult time. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that does so much to get families off to a strong start!
I am a certified postpartum doula and a mother. I also have volunteered for MomsBloom and helped found this organization. This organization has so much heart! The volunteers that we work with go above and beyond every day. Recently I have witnessed volunteers providing a listening ear, accompanying a mother to a doctor's appointment, helping out after a baby's heart surgery and cancer diagnosis, assisting a mother during severe postpartum depression, helping a family get ready to move to a new country, assisting a mother struggling with breastfeeding, and encouraging a mother to listen and trust her heart and instinct. I could go on and on! This type of support connects us as a community and supports the foundation that holds us together. I am proud to be a part of it.
MomsBloom is a grass roots organization committed to supporting moms and dads so they can be better parents to their children. They helped me while my mom was dying of cancer and I had a new born baby along with a husband that travels and a two year old. I couldn't have done it without them. I am so proud of MomsBloom. They offer their services for free making this a something that everyone can be apart of.
MomsBloom fills a gap in our community by providing supportive services to families at no cost. The post-partum period is challenging for most mothers and families. MomsBloom provides non-judgemental, empathic services, led by trained volunteers who are passionate about serving mothers in order to assit the whole family.
I love volunteering for MomsBloom, it is so rewarding to meet the families & spend time with them. They are all so thankful for any help.
And I love the extra baby time I get and getting to meet the families.
I advise anyone who has a couple extra hours a week to volunteer, you will never be the same.
MomsBloom is an amazing organization that helps to bring awareness and education to our community surrounding post-partum depression. MomsBloom has been tirelessly working to break down the stigma of perinatal mood disorders, and helping families to embrace the support to help them through the challenging season of early parenting. Through the use of qualified and compassionate volunteers MomsBloom is helping families everyday feel empowered and confident as they care for their growing families. As a nurse and childbirth educator I never hesitate to refer my couples to the wonderful services they will receive when reaching out to MomsBloom.
Momsbloom is an amazing non-profit that provided vital services at NO COST to mother and families.