Things That Matter: Keep ‘Em Cookin Support

by farrah on April 8, 2015 · 2 comments

I’m a few days late with this post. Usually on the anniversary of finding out I was pregnant with twins I write up some kind of sentimental stroll down memory lane. It was such an intense shock, and indeed the following pregnancy so traumatizing- it was the most trying time of my life. That said, during the pregnancy I found a safe haven in Keep ‘Em Cookin– an online support forum for moms on bed rest. Today KEC needs some help so I’m doing what I can to spread the word.

newborn twinsLook at them! L on top, C on bottom. 4 days old. 

What

Keep ‘Em Cookin is an online community who offers support and encouragement (not to mention welcome distraction!) to parents experiencing bed rest during pregnancy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer, multiples parent, old pro, spouse, grandparent- whatever. If you are on bed rest or you support someone who is, this is a great resource. 

I encourage you to peruse through Angela’s site and especially the forums. Those were my favorite places during those long, dark days when all I wanted to do was talk to people with other stories similar to mine- to feel like it was all going to be ok, and that there WAS light at that end of the tunnel. I can’t say enough how important it is for a mom on bed rest to feel supported. I was so scared- I thought I was going crazy. I couldn’t eat, sleep or think rationally. I was upset all of the time and I was consumed by the idea that I might lose my boys.

For whatever reason, about 1 in the afternoon daily, I would hysterically call my husband sobbing at work- freaking out. I think back now to those three months and cringe with how awful those long, hot afternoons stuffed up in my bedroom used to be. Terrified I’d be sent back to the hospital- or worse, not make it to the hospital, were dark days indeed. Once I found KEC I latched on and still keep in touch today. I occasionally get an email from a twin mom in my old situation who finds me through KEC- and gladly offer whatever support I can. Plus, my story had a happy ending and sometimes that’s the best thing to offer someone.

Who

twin brothersC and L a little over a year ago.

Angela is the caretaker of the site and has been since before I came along in 2010. She’s passionate and caring, and very good at keeping her website up and running. Trouble is, she is a one woman operation and does everything herself. Angela says:

You already know that KeepEmCookin.com is a place where women experiencing high-risk pregnancies can connect with one another and know they aren’t alone in what can be one of the most frightening and frustrating times in a woman’s life.

I’m seeking your support now because the website is in need of a major overhaul so that it can be accessible to more women. About 70 percent of the 30,000 visitors to the site each month access it from their phones, and the site is very difficult to navigate that way. It’s essentially obsolete.

I hate the thought of someone finding KeepEmCookin online but not being able to readily access the symptoms of preterm labor or their treatment options, or not being able to participate in our Chat Room or on our Community Forum.

With your contribution, the site will work seamlessly on laptops, tablets and smart phones. To continue to be an active and valuable resource, KeepEmCookin needs this additional funding.

How

Angela has set up a GoFundMe campaign so that others may offer their support.

Please help me make this happen, with any contribution you can make. Here’s a link to her Go Fund Me campaign that you can share: http://www.gofundme.com/m4mq5o.

Connect

You can get involved with KEC on Facebook and Twitter.

Please share this post with anyone who might benefit from KEC and multiples/pregnancy sites you follow on Twitter and Facebook. 

Note: Nothing to disclose. I gladly support KEC as they did so much to help my own sanity during those terrifying months that I was on bed rest myself. What KEC offers is priceless for anyone who finds themselves in this situation.

Photo credit: Rachel Mazzaferro (infants) & Farrah Ritter. Please ask before borrowing!

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1 Michelle P April 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

That baby pic of Linc and Chase is awesome. I was never on bedrest, but I know many women who have been and am happy to support the cause. Pregnancy is scary enough without added complications.

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2 farrah April 9, 2015 at 8:01 am

Thanks Michelle. You’re one of the most generous people I know!

And you got that right. Not to mention the additional 18 + years of raising that baby 🙂

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