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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights

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)

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Meegan Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MomsBloom was a seed that rose from the heartache of families who needed support. They have grown into an organization that proactively seeks families who find themselves struggling with the stresses of newborns and expanding famlilies. Their trainings are insightful, relevant, and focused on supporting the community. Their leaders are guided by their hearts. The community is blessed to have them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MomsBloom provides an important service to the community served by its volunteer doulas. I have watched the leadership grow this program from its grassroots beginnings and witnessed it thrive. I myself am the founder of a nonprofit, volunteer, community-based doula program, so I know what it takes. Doulas are an exceptional, evidence-based intervention that helps moms, babies, and families at a critical time.
--Patty Brennan, Director, Center for the Childbearing Year, Ann Arbor, MI

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sara 03/31/2011

Thanks Patty for the review! You have been an inspiration for so many and provide an incredible resource in the Ann Arbor area and beyond. Thank you for your wisdom and support of MomsBloom!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a homebirth midwife I work with families that prepare for, birth and recover in their homes. With the hard work of healing from birth and learning their new babies - many mothers feel overwhelmed with the other areas of life that sometimes get neglected during this transition. Moms Bloom steps in with well trained volunteers to lend a hand for these new mothers. They do everything from cook, clean, look after siblings, hold the babe so the mom can clean up or just sit and listen as the mom vocalizes her current experiences. What a great resource for connecting women in a time of such change that can many times be isolating. Especially in the lovel winer months here in our snowy state. I highly recommend MomsBloom to all of my clients and have had nothing but positive feedback regarding families experiences.

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sara 03/29/2011

Thank you so much for your support of our organization! It's wonderful to be a part of a team that provides care to a family going through this major transition. Thank you for all you do!