A mom from Portland, Oregon founded a non-profit to take action against the lack of postpartum support in the United States.
After Maria Berglund gave birth to her second son, her main focus of her postpartum checkup was to get a prescription for birth control.
“I felt like I was rushed through the appointment, and that my overall well being didn’t matter,” she wrote. “It is shocking to me the lack of postpartum support there is for families here. The lack of care I received from my provider then prompted me to find a different provider for my third son.”
Her personal experiences and frustration with the lack of postpartum support are what made her come up with the idea for In Kind Boxes.
Her mission is to show moms that they matter and to remind them that they aren’t alone.
“I truly believe it takes a village, and that everyone deserves to feel loved and supported on their postpartum journey and beyond,” Berglund wrote.
In-Kind Boxes are carefully curated postpartum gift boxes that are filled with natural and organic essentials for both mom and baby. Some of the items found in the boxes include swaddle blankets, diaper balm, baby wash, baby healthcare kits, and more.
For each box sold, they donate one to a family in need.
Berglund was raised by a single mother in need and grew up knowing how valuable it is to get support from your community.
“Our focus is on reducing inequalities for families, and promoting good health and well being through the natural and organic essentials included in our gift boxes,” she wrote.
Since their first postpartum boxes became available in November 2019, they have helped more than 1,200 families in need.
They also donate their gift boxes to their partners to be distributed to mothers in need. Their partners include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mother & Child Education Center, Community Doula Alliance, Baby Blues Connection, Domestic Violence Resource Center, and many more.
Click here to learn more about In Kind Boxes on their website, and hear more in the video below: