Our Story

Our Mission:

Moms Mental Health Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping moms navigate pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety by sharing information, connecting them to resources, and providing peer-driven support.

Our Vision: 

All moms in southeastern Wisconsin who are suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have access to evidence based treatment and peer support.

We get it. As moms who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as PPD and PPA we are familiar with the pain and hopelessness these illnesses bring. We also know it gets better, a lot better. We started Moms Mental Health Initiative because we want to help more moms in our community reach the light at the end of this dark and lonely tunnel. We know how difficult finding the right help can be, so we want to make the task easier. Above all, we want you to be confident knowing that the process of recovery will help you come into a “new normal” and—although it is hard to see—you will gain wisdom along the way.

Who We Are:

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC is MMHI’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. She has been advocating for women’s perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 18 years of professional experience including her work as child advocacy program coordinator at Cottageview Children’s Center, life coach at Innermost Coaching, relationship specialist at Fathers and Families Center, and as a counselor at Women’s Care Center in Milwaukee. Sarah is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Family Life Educator, and speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. Born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, Sarah is a cheesehead at heart. She currently lives in Ozaukee County and is a proud mom of two. She enjoys spontaneous, mini-excursions with her family, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and taking her rescue dogs for walks.

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Alexis Bruce

Alexis Bruce, MMHI’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, has been part of the team since 2018. After the traumatic birth of her youngest son, Alexis was diagnosed with postpartum-OCD and was a recipient of MMHI’s resources and support. Her experiences inspired a passion for advocacy and to help other moms affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Alexis has a degree in English and an extensive writing background. She also has experience in leadership and customer experience. Outside of MMHI, Alexis is a busy wife and stay-at-home-mom to her two young boys and step-daughter. She lives in the beautiful lake country area and enjoys running, shopping and watching Bravo or HGTV whenever she gets a chance!

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Becky Schroeder

A picture of Becky Shroeder, one of the co-founders

Since recovering from postpartum anxiety and depression, Becky Schroeder, MS, has become an outspoken advocate for maternal mental health. She spent a year working for Postpartum Progress as a Patient Support Manager, supporting new moms across the country struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Prior to having her first daughter in 2013, Becky was a mental health counselor. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University – East Bay. Becky has training in suicide prevention and crisis intervention from San Francisco Suicide Prevention. She’s also worked as a college level instructor teaching courses on personal growth and professional development. Becky lives in Ozaukee County with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys writing, traveling and eating good food!

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