Today’s featured organization, Mommymoon Network, is near and dear to me because I have watched it grow from a tiny seed of an idea in the founder’s head to the fabulous non-profit it is today. I have gotten to know Meg and Leticia as part of the IndyMoms online forum. In the beginning, Meg organized gift baskets to deliver to new moms in the community each month. Her goal was to bring a smile to the face of moms who are often isolated after the birth of a new baby and at risk for mothering-related mood disorders, including postpartum depression.
The Mommymoon baskets are still alive and well, but the organization has grown leaps and bounds. The Mommymoon Network now features online resources for mothers facing baby blues, an Indy area Moms and More support group and a team of fabulous ladies dedicated to easing woman through their transition to motherhood. While the Mommymoon Network is currently local only to Indiana, I think their mission can be spread across the country. I encourage you to reach out to new mothers in your area. Take them a small gift—for mom, not just the baby—even if it is something you got for free at the grocery store. Offer your help, but be specific. It is so easy for moms to say no to a broad question; if you offer to pick up a gallon of milk or bring dinner for the family, her answer may change.
Moms, what was the most help to you in the weeks after the birth (or adoption) of your little one?
One of the things that has always been a party of our mission is encouraging our community to get involved and share with others, even when they are on a tight budget themselves. It is often surprisingly easy to help others just by being aware of what is available to you. Thankful Thursday is our chance to share the opportunities, organizations and services we have found!