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 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 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 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.
Our community is incredibly luck to have such an organization as MomsBloom. There is no other organization around that is providing the the support that is offered at MomsBloom for postpartum care.
At no other time in a new family's life do they need the type of support that MomsBloom offers. I've witnessed such a giving, nonjudgmental, compassionate group of ladies change the course of so many new mother's, fathers, and baby's lives. AWESOME and much-needed resource for our community.
MomsBloom has helped so many families in many different scenarios. They work hard to aid our community in a very supportive and much needed role. They are non-judgmental and have passion for the families they nurture. They offer a unique service that promotes family support from the very simplest of things that have a profound impact to more complex scenarios that can change lives.
Thanks so much Christy for your unwavering support!
Three years ago, I was MomsBloom's first mom. I was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted with my newborn son who was colicky. Sara came and held him while I simply took a shower and a nap. I remember feeling incredibly grateful for a few moments of peace. Three years later I have reconnected with the organization that helped me so much and I am currently the Vice-President of the MomsBloom Board. I'm excited to be part of an organization that is serving such an important need in Kent County and growing to serve more families every year.
Thanks Claire! As a part of the founding family, we are honored to have you grow with us. Thank you for your commitment and support to MomsBloom!
This young agency meets a vital need in our busy, often disconnected society. MomsBloom is a growing organization that is focused on supporting families in the childbearing years in order to create a sense of community through education and mentorship regardless of race, income or family type.
Thanks Tamara! It's great to have you a part of the MomsBloom Board!
As a Board Member of MomsBloom for the past two and a half years. I have witnessed the transformation of an idea to a thriving community resource that has benefitted families in Grand Rapids. MomsBloom is more than just a public awareness effort is is an organization that seeks to provide a holistic approach to families who are affected by Post Partum Depression.