Babies have always been my passion. I started babysitting for families when I was 13, and from that point on, children became the focus of my career. While still in high school, I continued to babysit for various families and began working in a daycare for children ranging from newborn to 12 years. While I enjoyed every age, infants quickly became my favorite. My interest in children led me to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 2004.
In the summer of 2004, my husband, Travis, and I married and established a home in Duluth, GA. Upon settling in, I began working at Kindercare Learning Center as the lead teacher in the toddler class. After working there for several months, I felt I needed something more, so moved on and became a nanny for a wonderful family and their newborn. I enjoyed a year with them until I realized I needed to work fewer hours as a nanny in order to develop my own business.
In 2005, my friend and I became certified educators for The Happiest Baby on the Block as well as business associates. We opened Happy Baby Solutions, an infant specialist and nanny placement company. For the next 7 years, we successfully operated Happy Baby Solutions until it became clear that I was missing the hands-on aspect of baby care. I decided to resign as co-owner of Happy Baby Solutions at the end of 2012 to pursue being an independent infant care specialist and birth doula.
Meanwhile, In 2007, my husband and I experienced the wonderful, natural water birth of our first son at North Fulton hospital. It was very empowering for me and I became completely fascinated with the entire process of childbirth. Two years later, my husband and I adopted two children from Ethiopia; a 4 year old girl and a 13 year old boy. In 2010, our family was expecting another little boy. Sadly, at 39 weeks he was stillborn, having contracted Cytomegalovirus in utero. We conceived again in the summer of 2010 and had a beautiful home birth, bringing us our baby girl in April, 2011. Home birth was one of the best experiences I have ever had! Since then, we had one more amazing home birth; another girl in October 2014!
Through the years, I have learned so much about newborns; through education and classes, from my own personal experience, from other infant care specialists and from working with families and their babies. I have taken breastfeeding courses and breast fed three of my own children. I am pleased to be able to support breastfeeding mothers as well as those who choose bottle feeding. My goal is for you to have a healthy, happy baby and mother, regardless of feeding choices. I have worked with several sets of twins and triplets and love working with more than one baby at a time. One of my greatest passions is helping all family members adapt to the newborn stage when adjustments can be difficult and life may feel as if it has been turned upside down.
I'm a very warm, nurturing and friendly individual whose passion for babies is evident in everything I do. I believe parents have the ultimate authority and intuitive sense when it comes to bringing their children into the world and raising them. Thus, I share with each parent what is possible, letting each choose what works best for their family. While I may have different philosophies about raising babies and how to get them sleeping through the night, I believe you, as the parents, must be comfortable with the method we choose together. I am here to help educate you on the many methods of baby care and will work with you to develop a plan that works best for everyone involved. If you’re a “veteran parent” and just looking for some rest, I can stay at night and care for your baby while you sleep. If you’re a first time parent looking for guidance and support in newborn care, sleeping, feeding, scheduling or any other baby related questions, I can help you with that as well. I simply want to assist you in feeling more confident as a parent and provide you with tools to use when my time with you is complete!