11 years of childcare experience
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician
Certified Newborn Care Specialist
Certified Maternal Support Practitioner/Full Spectrum
Sleep Consultant-Gentle Sleep Conditioning
Certified in Adult and Pediatric CPR & First Aid AED
Certified Nursing Assistant (2009-2011)
Fully Vaccinated, including COVID-19
Experience with multiples/premies
Clear Communicator Professional, collaborative, and discreet
They say life is what happens when you’re making other plans. Well, I had big plans and they had nothing to do with babies. Although I was obsessed with babies as a child and young adult and did my fair share of babysitting, I had no idea working with babies could be my career. I was on the path to become a professional musician. Except that life happened and those plans changed when I experienced an injury. I ended up with a degree in music and psychology not really knowing what to do next. After working as a CNA and Hospice Aid in college, I found purpose in working one on one with people as a caregiver. Yet. constantly losing patients and seeing only the end of life became discouraging.
I revisited my love for babies and took a role as a Nanny. I had the opportunity to take care of others, alongside a healthy dose of joy and laughter. I knew after my first week with a lovable 6 month old named Owen, that this was it for me. It could not get better. Cut to my first INA Conference in 2014 when I heard the term, “Newborn Care Specialist” for the first time. Some of the NCS in attendance were kind enough to fill me in and answer all my questions. Night work-check. Newborns-check. Owning my own business-yes please. Over next five years, I worked tirelessly to train and prepare to become a NCS. By the time I finished my last Nanny position in 2019, I was trained as a Newborn Care Specialist, Full Spectrum Doula, and Eco-Consultant. The more I learned, the more love and commitment I had for newborns and guiding families through postpartum life. I jumped in to the deep end with my first client in June of 2019 and can honestly say that I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Over the years, I helped many families welcome their babies into the world. There were some amazing moments. The magic of a parent first holding their baby on their chest or a sibling looking deep into their eyes and seeing themselves reflected. Yet, mostly what I saw were busy parents who already felt like their plate was full trying to show up in the way they wanted, enjoy the fleeting newborn stage, be the parent they wanted to be and, feeling like a failure because they didn’t have the support they needed to show up as their best selves.
That is why I spent years training to be the person a family can go to as a complete resource. I’ve spent countless hours learning about postpartum wellness and recovery, newborn care and health, the science of sleep, and my own tried and tested baby whisperer tips. I’m proud to give parents access to my wealth of knowledge, but I know what really matters to them is that feeling that when I walk in, everything is okay.
The most important aspect of my work is being there for someone at one of the most vulnerable moments of their life. It’s not that different from the work I did in hospice. Both require a combination of physically caring for someone who is completely dependent on you, making sure their needs are met to the best of your ability, and supporting families through the emotional upheaval of a major life transition. As someone whose love language is acts of service, being there for people who need me gives me a sense of purpose like nothing else. Life is hard and I want to be someone who lightens the load and brightens someone’s day. In order to be there for my clients, I continually educate myself, call on my empathy and emotional intelligence, learn how to best communicate with them, take care of my own physical and mental health, and leave my personal life at the door. There’s a lot that goes into it but it comes down to caring and wanting to offer something invaluable to someone in need.
Nothing compares to the feeling of meeting a parent who is overwhelmed, exhausted, and isolated, then seeing them become a parent who is uplifted, thriving, and taking joy in bonding with their baby. This is what I see after just a few days when I support families postpartum.
Becoming a parent is hard and learning how to care for a newborn (or two, or three) can be exhausting in a way you’ve never experienced. When parents and their babies are taken care of so completely for months at a time…It is powerful. I am blown away by the power I have to transform lives. It is an incredible gift and I’m so grateful to share it.