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Review for Birth Roots, Portland, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

Role:  Board Member & I received childbirth education and 9 months of postnatal classes and support, counseling, connections with families in my exact spot as a new mother, and access to an entire community of perinatal support services.