Baby Blues Connection http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc Help for pregnant and postpartum moms and dads with depression, anxiety, and stress. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bowling for Baby Blues Connectionhttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/bowling-for-baby-blues-connection/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/bowling-for-baby-blues-connection/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:05:59 +0000 http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2375 Read More

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This year, we’re doing fundraising different. We’re throwing a bowling party!

How about a little friendly competition?

Saturday, June 6th from 11 am to 1 pm at Grand Central Bowl. Let’s all participate in a little friendly competition. It’s all in good fun and for the benefit of the mamas (and papas) we all work to support.

We’ll have snacks and beverages. There’ll be prizes and raffles. It’ll be a great time and a fabulous way to spend the afternoon while raising money for a really wonderful cause.

Will you join us?

Gather six co-workers pay individually ($50 each) or ask your employer to sponsor a lane and give it a whirl!

Be in touch if you want to be a part of the fun. Don’t miss out.bowling bw

 

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Wow! Just wow.http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/wow-just-wow/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/wow-just-wow/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000 http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2353 Read More

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We’re amazed at the generosity received from participating in the Give!Guide. We received donations from 134 people and some even gave more than once! It was very exciting to see donations continue to grow, especially those last few days. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

In the end, $8,840 was raised! This money will be funneled into support of our 2015 Operating Budget which is just at $50,000. It will help pay for outreach brochures and mailing costs and staff salaries to implement our 3-year Strategic Plan with ambitious initiatives to expand support to reach Low-income, LGBTQ, post-adoptive and NICU/PICU families while strengthening the services we already offer.

We are extremely grateful for the assistance we received from ABC Doula who not only helped expand our network and publicized the Give!Guide for us but matched $500 in donations made by birth workers. Thank you Kimberly Bepler! We are very fortunate to have you among our circle of friends.

Seth Picket of The Waypost donated certificates for a cup of joe or a glass of iced tea to the first 150 people who gave to BBC. We hope that even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones to grab one of these certificates, that you stop by and support The Waypost anyway. It’d be great if you clicked here to support them on Facebook. Thanks so much!

Our dear and lovely volunteer Tammy Graham of Healing the Heart donated the awesome, all-natural, hand-sanitzers that you all received. Tammy has been a volunteer with BBC for many years now and sadly will be moving out of state this spring. We want to take a minute to highlight her, not only for her generous incentive but as a fabulous volunteer. Thank you Tammy!

With LUCK we’ll be included in the Give!Guide this next holiday season. If you want to read the results of the Give!Guide, click here.

If you meant to participate and didn’t get to, click here to give to BBC now.

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Group Holiday Schedulehttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/group-holiday-schedule/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/group-holiday-schedule/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:13:38 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2336 Read More

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Here is a list of what groups are and aren’t meeting. Remember, we’re always here to talk.

Dec 24- Birthing Stone Doula & Childbirth Services CANCELED

Dec 25- Zenana Spa and Wellness Center CANCELED

Dec 26- Doula Love CANCELED
Mamalates ON
 East Rose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist ON

Dec 31- Birthing Stone Doula & Childbirth Services CANCELED

Jan 1 – Zenana Spa and Wellness Center CANCELED

Jan 2- Doula Love CANCELED
Mamalates ON
           East Rose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist ON
(LAST GROUP at this location)

Jan 8- St. John’s Living Well FIRST GROUP at this location

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End-of-year Giving to BBChttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/end-year-giving-bbc/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/end-year-giving-bbc/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:59:48 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2332 Read More

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If you engage in end-of-year giving, we encourage you to donate to Baby Blues Connection.

heart in handClick here to give through the Willamette Week Give!Guide
Click here to give through Just Give.
Click here to give through PayPal

Need reasons to give? Consider our journey to where we are now. We’ve grown exponentially and need your support to continue to grow!

Our organization is now 20-years old! We’ve grown from a handful of mamas who gathered to support one another to a complex network of 2 part-time staff, over 50 direct-support volunteers, a board of directors of 13 members and additional 15 committee members.

Our annual operating budget hovers around $55,000 which pays for staff salaries, outreach printing and mailing as well as minor operating costs such a fees, taxes, supplies for support groups.

We’re on track to reach our goals that are defined by our Strategic Plan. By the end of the year, we will have reached 600 mothers, fathers and providers through phone support alone. That figure does not include group attendance which we estimate to be between 200-300. Nor does it account for the thousands that reach us and find online resources through our webpage.

This year we established a Facebook group which we view as a continuation of our support services, a place for mothers and fathers to check in when they can’t attend group for whatever reason. A safe and judgement free area moderated by volunteers and available 24/7.

Our Strategic Plan calls for support for the following: LGBTQ,  NICU/PICU, Low Income, Post-Adoptive and working mother. We’ve laid foundations for expansion into these areas over the past year: providing education to the volunteers, modifying the training binder, creating brochures and outreach materials.

We’re also diligently working to make accessing services easier and faster by creating a searchable database of providers who specialize in this area.

We’ll update on our progress as we move through 2015. Support us in these efforts today! When you give to BBC, you help a mother, a father, a family member understand what is happening and help a volunteers normalize experiences. We do good and valuable work. You -as a donor- are part of that! We greatly appreciate your support.

 

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Changes To Our Mom-to-Mom Support Groupshttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/changes-groups/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/changes-groups/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:33:46 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2315 Read More

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Sadly, we’re announcing that the mom-to-mom support group meeting in Gresham is closing. We’re extremely thankful to East Rose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist church for granting us meeting space these past years. Last day for group is Friday, January 2nd.

A reminder that the NEW group at the St. John’s Living Well is slated to begin Thursday, January 8th. We are thankful for this opportunity. To read more about St. John’s Living Well click here.

Lastly, we are working to establish a new group near the Gateway transit center. Fingers crossed that our plans come together and we’re able to provide a space for transit riders to easily access!

To find information about our groups, visit our webpage here. If you want to attend group, please join us! We’d love to have you. Call before attending if you can but if not, check in with the facilitator before or after group. Our number: 1-800-557-8375.

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A Partnership with Postpartum Support Internationalhttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/partnership-postpartum-support-international/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/partnership-postpartum-support-international/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:27:21 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2324 Read More

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We are pleased to announce that starting in 2015, we are beginning a partnership with Postpartum Support International (PSI) to provide support for Spanish-speakers!

We will be distributing new brochures with PSI’s contact information and logo very soon. We’ll be in touch with every provider who distributes materials for Spanish-speakers updating providers about these changes.

For more information about PSI visit their webpage here.

Many thanks to PSI! We are excited to begin this partnership offering support for Spanish-speaking mothers and families.

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Thank you Katie Raetzhttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/thank-katie-raetz/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/thank-katie-raetz/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:04:06 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2318 thank youKatie Raetz has been a board member of BBC for the past five years and Board President for the past two. The time has come and she is moving on. She’ll remain as a member of the board nominating committee.

Thank you Katie! For everything…

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Announcing….our next board president!http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/announcing-next-board-president/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/announcing-next-board-president/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:30:12 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2309 We’re pleased to announce that Welcome-SignSuzanne Hansen is our next board president!

Suzanne is owner of Ruby Sky Baby Sleep Coaching and is responsible to helping many, many families find the rest they need. She’s been a board member since 2013 and is excited to begin this next journey.

 

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The next Big Give Day is coming up!http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/next-big-give-day-coming/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/next-big-give-day-coming/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:43:12 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2297 Read More

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The LAST Big Give day of the Give!Guide this year is coming up this next Thursday- December 18th! Any donation to $10 and over is entered to win… a case of spirits from Rogue Distillery. This prize is sponsored by the Rogue Foundation.

The Give!Guide goes through the end of 2014. Please support Baby Blues Connection if you can!

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A mantra for todayhttp://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/mantra-today/ http://babybluesconnection.org/bbc/mantra-today/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:54:00 +0000 http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/?p=2299 Just a thought to hold onto for today:

be gentle with yourself

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