Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Remember Better BedRest w End of Year Donations!

I just want to take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays as the spirit of the season is upon us. When you are thinking of your end of year donations, please remember Better BedRest,Inc as well as other non-profits that are important to you in your life. Share this with your family and friends as well. Times are hard and we all have to help eachother.

Donations to Better Bedrest will go towards our Emergency Grant Fund and expansion of services.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season to you and your families and only good health and happiness in 2010.


Joanie Reisfeld
Founder, Better BedRest, Inc

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Better BedRest Event is SOLD OUT...BUT....

Better BedRest is working hard to obtain week long vacation home auction items. If anyone knows of a person with a 2nd home, looking for a tax donation we welcome the donation in support of women on bedrest due to high risk pregnancy.

We will accept any donations for our silent auction up until November 14th. Please send an email to info@betterbedrest.org for any donations, or to be put on a waiting list for tickets or if you have a vacation home you would like to donate for a week.

We greatly appreciate the communities support of our event. Howard County embraces our cause and we are very grateful.


Joanie Reisfeld
Better BedRest

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Nov 21st...Viva Las Vegas...Be there!

Better Bedrest, a non-profit support supporting moms on bedrest due to High Risk Pregnancies is proud to announce Viva Las Vegas! A glorious evening at Chartwell County Club in Severna Park. Elvis will perform, dinner, dancing, gaming tables and our famous Silent Auction, just in time to shop for the holidays.

Mindy Basara WBAL TV 11 News anchor will be our emcee! We are looking forward to a wonderful evening.

Proceeds from this event go to our Emergency Grant Fund and expansion of services. The grant fund helps a bedrest mom pay a bill during pregnancy bedrest. Moms are sometimes losing thousands of dollars a month during this time.

Tickets available from info@betterbedrest.org

Lets have a great evening while supporting a great cause.

Joanie Reisfeld
Better BedRest

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Viva Las Vegas w/Elvis etc...are NOW AVAILABLE

Hello all,

Tickets are now available for the Viva Las Vegas event w/ Elvis, gaming tables, dinner, dancing and our magnificant Silent Auction. November 21st, Chartwell Country Club, Severna Park, Md. This is a great event to pick up gift for the holidays while have a blast at the same time. Tables of 10 are available. $35 will get you in for a wonderful evening. Pass the word along to your friends. You can purchase on our website or call Diane at 301-776-7156

We are still looking for donations to our Silent Auction. If you have a favorite restaurant that you think would donate a gift certificate, ask and let us know we will take it from there. Thank you for supporting moms on bedrest, due to high risk pregnancies!! Questions about event, please email Joanie@betterbedrest.org

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE! We need your help!

Come join us as we have a grand ole time at Viva Las Vegas November 21st, Chartwell Country Club with Dancing, Dinner, Silent Auction, Show with ThElvisMan, raffles and gaming tables. Tickets $35 will be available thru www.betterbedrest.org Proceeds from this event will go to support moms on bedrest due to High Risk Pregnancies pay a bill through our Emergency Grant Fund as well as expansion of services.

Here is how you can help!
We are looking for people in the community to support this event by maling donations for our silent auction. We are looking for tickets to events, items that would be good holiday gifts, vaction getaways for a week or weekend, airline tickets etc...Any donation is a tax deductable donation and Better Bedrest will give you the documentation for the donation. BBr will reinburse shipping from out of state donations.

Lets join together for this powerful cause. Our mission is to support these women and their families as they go thru this invisable crisis that we must make visable.

Questions? Email Joanie Reisfeld joanie5reis@aol.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Become a Better BedRest volunteer!

Hello all. I just wanted to tell you about the great volunteers we have for Better BedRest. After reading this if you are interested in being a volunteer, our application is on out site.

We are currently looking for BBR phone volunteers. One must have a connection to pregnancy bedrest. Phone volunteers are on the phones every few months for a one month shift. If they are a phone captain, they check the phones daily. If they are on the phones they call women on bedrest weekly to check in.

Our volunteers have great passion for our mission for supporting moms on bedrest due to high risk pregnancies. Volunteers are trained by Grassroots Crisis Center staff and myself. Our volunteers have great hearts and do a great job!

We have lots of other volunteers who are not on the phones but help out in other ways. So give us a call or email if you have any questions and join our great group! We do accept out of state volunteers as well.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Lets get this blog rollin....

Ok bedrest moms, past bedrest moms, BBR volunteers, docs, nurses, general public.....time to take part in Bumps on a Blog. Lets see if we can get some ideas going, thoughts, resources and anything on your mind that might help a bedrest mom and their family. Tell us your story. For anyone in the hospital, we recommend asking for a 2nd set of sheets. Makes that hospital bed a bit more comfy...I will let Michelle add some of her ideas on here too.

Bumps in life are just that, we sort of go up the bump and back down again and then life moves on. Bedrest is sort of like that. It is a temporary bump in life that will pass in time and the best part with a hopeful healthy outcome of a baby.

For all those people out there that see healthy pregnant moms walking around each day, we must help make this "invisable" crisis, visable and we will continue our passion with our mission to support this cause. Onward!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Welcome to Bumps on a Blog!

Wow, Welcome to Better BedRest's new blog! We hope to get comments here from women on bedrest, their families, anyone that shares our passion to support moms on bedrest due to high risk pregnancies.

I am the founder of BBR. We are in our 16th year. You will see comments here from our volunteers too and people across the United States and who knows, maybe other countries. Wouldn't that be cool!

I was on bedrest for 2 1/2 months in 1990 on my left side at home and in the hospital. I had Severe Pre-Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. I delivered a 2lb 10 oz son and was in critical condition for 3 days after. Two years after this experience I committed to doing something about this invisable crisis, as no woman and their family should have to go through this alone.

We are here to help. Our helpline is staffed by wonderful volunteers who have been on bedrest or have a connection to bedrest. We have other volunteers to that are not on the phones, but do many things to help. BBR has one part-time Executive Asst who is great! We listen, we have resources, we listen some more. We can buddy a bedrest mom with another bedrest mom to talk. I hope you all will share your stories, and let us also know how we have helped you if you used our service. Thats it for now, I will be back with different topics...so stay tuned!