Contact MomsBloom at 616-828-1021 or email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
MomsBloom knows how exhausted and overwhelmed parents can feel after the birth of a baby. Today with extended family members geographically dispersed or away at work moms and dads often do not get the help they need. The Flourishing Families program was born to bring volunteers and families together to provide physical and emotional support to any family with a newborn – free of charge.
When MomsBloom receives a request for service, we match one of our skilled volunteers based on the family’s needs. The mother may need help with simple things like preparing a meal, reading a story to a sibling or simply rocking the baby so mom can shower and rest. No task is too small, but it makes a difference in the life of the family and the community as a whole. The happier and more stable the family, the healthier our community becomes.
- Nonjudgmental support and companionship
- Promotion of parent-infant bonding
- Emotional and physical recovery from birth
- Newborn care
- Meal preparation and light household tasks
- Connection to community resources
- Infant feeding support
- Care for siblings
- Parent education
- Soothing and coping skills
MomsBloom has identified a lack of support for families that have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other perinatal loss. The purpose of Cameron’s Garden is to give newly bereaved parents somewhere to turn when so few understand, to offer a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, someone to help these families get started on a journey towards hope and healing.
When a tragic loss happens, it may be difficult to think and make decisions. It can be hard to reach out and find the support you desperately need. Let us walk with you in Cameron’s Garden Grief Support Program. You can stay in your own home while support comes to your doorstep. Your volunteer will listen to you, connect you to resources, offer options, and attend your needs, all without any predetermined ideas about how you should be grieving.
Cameron’s Garden is named after the daughter of one of our long-time volunteers, Lesley, and her husband, Nathan. Lesley and Nathan’s daughter, Cameron, was stillborn at 22-weeks gestation. When family and friends started asking what they could do to help, Lesley and Nathan requested donations be made in Cameron’s name to MomsBloom. This was the beginning of Cameron’s Garden. After discussing the need for more support for families that have lost a baby, the grief support program started taking shape. MomsBloom wants to offer that same tender support we have given to so many families, to those who have had the unthinkable happen. To give newly bereaved parents somewhere to turn when no one else understands, to offer a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, someone to help these families get started on a journey towards hope and healing.
In January 2013 the first group of volunteers were trained. They will begin working with a small number of families in the coming months. If you would like to volunteer or want to learn more about this program, please contact Angie@momsbloom.org or call 616-828-1021.
DadsGrow - IN DEVELOPMENT! Seeking enthusiastic people to get program up and running
DadsGrow was founded by Jeff Tow who discovered a large gap for services for dads. After talking with many dads around the community, he found a common theme – They felt they needed support or a place they could turn to if needed, but no one knew what type of support was best. MomsBloom decided to adopt the program and are now looking for input and feedback. In the fall, the MomsBloom Board hosts a, “Beer, Beans, and Balls” event to encourage dads to participate and to tell them that we can care.
Connecting Families – Need coordinator!
Connect families within communities for the opportunity to have playgroups, share resources, and develop friendships.
Volunteer Recruitment and Training
MomsBloom has developed a pool of multi-‐talented, trained volunteers, which are called upon to meet direct calls for help and referrals for health professionals and community organizations. Service capacity is only limited by volunteer capacity/availability. Volunteers linked with families based on early intake procedure and information from referral sources.