Occasionally, I get a request to photograph a wedding, or branding, real estate etc. There are lots of photography genres, and they each take a significant amount of time to master. I knew early on that I didn’t want to be a Jill-of-all-Trades, I wanted to stay true to what I was drawn to: motherhood. From maternity to newborns to babies to families, they all focus on mamas (and dads 😉 ) and their babies. And motherhood truly is a tribe, and a tribe needs one another to succeed. So when I was thinking over the West Michigan and Grand Rapids based businesses and supporters I wanted to feature on my blog, MomsBloom was at the top of my list. This non-profit embraces the raw, difficult side of bringing a baby into this world that isn’t talked about enough, and supports each new mama through it. I asked Carrie from MomsBloom to give us a closer look into everything they offer and how new mamas can benefit from them:
Greetings, Carrie, and welcome to the EBP blog! Thanks so much for taking time to talk more about MomsBloom. For those that may not have heard of MomsBloom, can you tell us more about what you do and offer the community?
We offer families in-home postpartum support services! That means a volunteer will come to your house once per week, for a few hours at a time, and help you with whatever you need help with. They can hold your baby so you can get a nap or shower, care for older siblings, dishes, laundry – or just be a listening ear and someone to talk to! We can also help get you connected with other resources you may need to help you in this often challenging transition period of your life.
How long has MomsBloom been around?
MomsBloom was started about 13 years ago by two women who had difficult postpartum experiences and wanted to address how isolating and overwhelming this time can be. They came up with the idea to have an organization that would recruit & train postpartum support volunteers, and then match them with families who reach out and ask for help. Over the years, this idea has grown into an organization that now serves Kent and Ottawa Counties and has helped thousands of moms, dads, and babies to thrive!
And who would benefit most from working with you all?
Families with newborn babies benefit from MomsBloom! Many parents find themselves isolated and without the emotional and physical support they need after bringing home a new baby. Our organization is here to make sure they don’t have to walk the path alone!
Finally, what parenting advice would you love for other families to know?
Ellie B Photography
Maternity | Newborn | Babies | Family
Serving the West Michigan area including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Rockford, Ada, East Grand Rapids and Hollan