MomsBloom grows to meet parents' needs
New parents always face a variety of challenges, and COVID-19 has made it even more difficult to receive the support they need. Despite the obstacles COVID-19 has presented, MomsBloom’s postpartum support program continues to create vital connections for these parents to receive the support they need.
MomsBloom is an organization run largely by volunteers - community members as well as previous postpartum clients. The dedicated volunteers meet the needs of new parents from all backgrounds, helping them with laundry, holding the babies, meal preparation, a listening ear, or anything that helps the new parent at the moment that they are visiting their home.
Their services aim to provide a feeling of support and alleviate the stresses of parenting in the postpartum phase – particularly for those who have been underserved. One client remarked on her volunteer about “how trustworthy and competent she is.” She went on to say, “I feel comfortable having her care for the baby or be unsupervised anywhere in my home. That’s a really nice feeling.”
Another client noted how delighted she is that the postpartum program offered community assistance that helped her to feel “all of my kids are getting the attention they need.”
MomsBloom is funded in part by the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage. The millage funding has allowed them to expand from one full-time staff member to two full-time and two part-time staff. They have grown from 60 volunteers to 190 and have expanded to the lakeshore.
Kimber Wager, MomsBloom Program Director says, “We attribute much of our growth to the support of the Ready by Five Millage and the support of Kent County taxpayers. There are great things on the horizon for MomsBloom as we work to alleviate stress during the first months of a baby’s life.”