Sunday, May 13, 2012

What Mother's Day is All About....

Happy Mother's Day to all. I hope you all are enjoying your day with your children or at least have heard from them. As we celebrate another Mother's Day I am reaching out to each of you to maybe celebrate this day with a small donation in ...honor of yourself, a mom or someone you know who is a mom. You all know how passionate I am about women on bedrest due to high risk pregnancies and this month BBR has run out of funds for our Emergency Grant Fund. Any amount can be donated through our website $25 can help one pay a utilitiy bill, put it towards rent or insurance payment. Every penny helps. As I made a few calls today, women are worried about their babies outcomes, how they will pay a $84 cell phone bill, and tears are shedding on a day that should be filled with joy. Please know that the women across the US greatly appreciate it and so do I as well as our organization BBR. Mother's day is about what mom's have done....we have given tiredlessly to our childrent. Be proud to be a mom! Joanie Reisfeld, Founder BBR

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Calling All Motorcycler Riders!

A bunch of women volunteers for Better BedRest have never done this before. We are definatly going outside or box. With the help from some wonderful motorcyle lovers we are doing our first benefit ride! Please mark your calendar!

Saturday May 19th!!
Benefit Ride For High-Risk Moms and Babies
Ride for the Moms & Their Children
150 Mile Ride Thru Northern Carroll County up into PA to Mountain House Bar & Grill and back to New York J & P Pizza @ RT 26 & RT 27
Where we will enjoy Food, Prizes,
& Band, The Eight Balls
The Ride will have several scenic stops
Ride details and Garmin file available from Doug & Charles call cell # Below
To Benefit
Expectant Moms that have been put on Bed Rest

Saturday May 19th 2012
Registration Donation $20.00 includes Ride & Band
$5.00 extra for additional rider
Registration begins at 9:00 AM At Hillmuth Certified Automotive Glenwood MD
Located at: 2480 Roxbury Mills RD RT 97
Coffee & Donuts @ Registration

Please visit our Web site for all the ride information.
Or Contact
Doug Hillmuth @ 443 621 6764
Charles Reese @ 443 254 6610

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Research Study for women who have had a high risk pregnancy.....

Nursing and Psychology researchers from Case Western Reserve University are conducting a study about postpartum depression and internet use in women who experienced a high risk pregnancy. If you are a mother who is at least 18 years old, was on bed rest during your most recent pregnancy and have a baby between 2 weeks and 6 months of age, we invite you to take part in this study. For more information and to participate, click on the link below.​postpartdep.htm

Monday, December 5, 2011

Passion...Community...Giving & the Holidays

I bet you are thihnking that I am going to ask you for money for Better BedRest. I will not. I have a story to tell, a tender one at that. Friends of mine, Terry & Stephanie McClung who work and have lived in Howard County gave a fundraiser on Saturday night for SIDS Awareness. This was in honor for their daughter Kaitlyn who died at 5 months old from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is the second time the McClungs have held an event like this to raise money for SIDS Educational Services
and the University of Maryland Center for Infant and Child Loss
The event this year was an ourpouring of wonderful support drawing near 200 people. This is a family that has now found "their" passion for a cause to support in their daughter's memory. My work with Better BedRest is one of my passions coming from my own traumatic experience 21 years ago. For the McClungs and I, it is our way to turn a negative into a positive. I feel it is so important for people to find their passions in their lives. How wonderful to use this passion and give back to your community in some way. It could be money or your time. The holidays are a great time to think about what truly are your passions and what causes you believe in. Causes that are important for you as a person in the Howard County community and beyond. I wish you all a blessed holiday hoping that you will think about this challenge I have presented you. The most spiritual moment came on Saturday evening as the McClungs let go three ballons to celebrate what would have been Kaitly's 3rd birthday. As we walked outside on the balcony and looked, the sky was filled with stars twinkling as if Kaitlyn was smiling down. The McClungs are giving back....what will you do? Peace and Happiness to all. Joanie Reisfeld, Founder, Better BedRest, Inc

Monday, November 21, 2011

River Hill senior debuts powerful video for local non-profit!

Talk about talented? Well there's this kid whom Robin Abello suggested we meet. He is a senior at River Hill HS who aspires to be successful in the media production field. Well after the debut of this powerful video, I think he will be very successful! There are many people who have no idea what it like to be in bed as a pregnant mom for months at a time, be in another country and have problems and just feel so isolated. After one views this video not only will they understand pregnancy bedrest, they will see something I have always thought was the "invisable crisis" and now it will be visiable. Now that is what I call talent. See for yourself!

Better BedRest from Zach Bailey on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Joanie Reisfeld, Founder, Better BedRest, Inc

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Random Act of Kindness Day....

I had the most humbling experience being on the Oprah's Favorite Things show one year ago today. The audience group on Facebook decided to celebrate our first anniversary by giving back. So today 220 people across the US did Random Acts of Kindness. I know we would like to think we do this everyday, but the experience of surprising a stranger, friend, co worker or loved one is the best. Sometimes nice things happen when one least expects it. It does not even have to cost money. As many of you in the blogging community know, words are powerful. So I challenge you all to join in. We have extended this until December 31st. We even had one person doing it in Korea! If on Facebook, do a search for Random Act of Kindness Day and you will find it. Share your story. Today I was in Target and surprised a mom and bought her diapers. Then tonight I surprised someone at Cosco and filled up their tank of gas. The important message here it to tell the person to pay it forward and do something for someone else..Are you up for the challenge? Joanie Reisfeld