Katie comes to MomsBloom to honor the many gifts and lessons that Motherhood has to offer. She has a master's degree in Medical Ethics from Michigan State University, works as a Professional Massage Therapist at Spectrum Oncology and happily considers her role as a parent her highest calling. In an effort to promote the importance of parenthood, she first joined the MomsBloom family as a volunteer Board Member, working to support the mission of MomsBloom through educational and fundraising efforts. As she came to know more of the MomsBloom families, she expressed a desire to work directly with families because she too had experienced, in her early parenting years, the feelings of isolation and vulnerability that many mothers face today. As the Family Coordinator, Katie feels a strong sense of purpose in encouraging new mothers to trust their inner wisdom as they navigate the early months of parenthood, and to additionally feel empowered to ask for and receive help in order to make the transition into parenthood a healthy and joyful one. In the bringing together of volunteers and new mothers, an amazing exchange of gifts occurs in which everybody benefits. Moms get a sense of support and encouragement and rejuvenation, and volunteers witness that their presence and hands-on partnering can make a difference not only to the vitality of the new mom, but to her whole family. In this way, the vision of MomsBloom helps build an enhanced form of community - one that recognizes and affirms that our interconnection through each chapter of life make us part of the One Village. Katie considers it an honor to work with all the women and families who contribute to this vision.
In early 2004, working as a full time nanny, Erica quickly understood that the rest of her life would be dedicated to equipping, encouraging and supporting growth in families and the amazing people who work with them. After the birth of her first child in 2005, she realized just how challenging the transition into parenthood could be. She was exhausted and lonely. Making connections usually meant stretching so far outside of her comfort zone that it often didn’t feel worth the effort. How amazing it would have been to receive support from MomsBloom back then!
Now, over 10 years later, Erica has personally experienced the trials and excitement of bringing home a new baby four times and walked alongside countless growing families. As a doula, she has had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced birth professionals in West Michigan as well as studying with Childbirth International and Mercy In Action. Erica works hard to blend her personal and professional experience into being a doula that works with a welcoming heart and open mind. As a result, she is passionate about making doula support accessible to everyone, regardless of personal circumstances and works tirelessly to further that mission. She is excited to join the MomsBloom team and bring that energy to the Community Based Doula Pilot.
Social Media Manager
Jenn joined MomsBloom as a volunteer in 2012, when her son was only one year old. She had experienced great support when her son was born and wanted to “pay it forward.” Volunteering with Flourishing Families with a young child was a difficult balance, so she looked for other ways to support MomsBloom. Jenn graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations, and is now completing the graduate program in Communications. Her graduate research interests include narratives/storytelling as a means of healing, women’s issues in the media, and social media’s impact on social justice issues. She uses her knowledge of social media, digital marketing, and technical writing to help forward the MomsBloom mission.