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Childbirth + Parenting Prep | Birth + Postpartum Support | New Parent + Pediatric Sleep Coaching​

from pregnant to parent

the philosophy, and how it all came to be

from pregnant to parent

I’m a certified childbirth educator, birth doula, postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor, and toddler mom. Despite growing up with a NICU Nurse for a mom, I never considered a career in birth work.

My career path has been very untraditional. In college, I studied English and business while playing volleyball at the NCAA D1 level. After graduation, I started a 5-year career in high-tech management consultant. When that didn’t fill my cup, I left to do work as a social media and marketing contractor while pursuing a graduate degree in Fashion Journalism. To help pay the bills, I was also working as an Assistant Retail Store Manager. It was during this period of my life when I found out I was pregnant.


my story 

Hi, I’m Richelle!

I struggled with an identity crisis that spiraled into untreated prenatal depression. As I navigated the postpartum period, it became glaringly obvious to me that there had to be a better way to support new parents through this journey.

I received wonderful care from the various providers that surrounded me, but what I really needed was a concierge of sorts, someone to act as my tour guide through this transition into parenthood. I wanted a judgment-free zone where I could ask all the “stupid” questions, share my fears, and seek guidance for the endless stream of decisions I didn’t feel qualified to make.

As I continued forward on my path as a new parent, I kept wondering, “how could I have prepared better for this?” When it came time to return to work, I knew I couldn’t go back to what I was doing before. I had become attached to finding answers to these questions and becoming a part of the solution, not just for myself but for other expecting parents.


during pregnancy...

I explored what it might look like to fill that gap. I left graduate school, started training with the International Doula Institute, and before I knew it, From Pregnant to Parent was born.

Becoming a mom has given me a whole new level of empathy and compassion for new parents. The rollercoaster ride of infancy, the multitude of dualities–it’s like nothing I ever could have imagined. Everyone’s experience is unique to them. No two experiences are exactly the same, but there are some aspects of parenthood that you truly have to live to understand.

I spent my 20s searching for the career that would fill my cup and bring me so much joy that I’d wake up excited to go to work each day. I’m so excited to have finally found that here.

Whether our paths cross for a moment or I get to be your tour guide, I’m so grateful you’re here.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your virtual village and possibly even your story!


I stepped into the role of stay-at-home mom.

work with me

-Richelle

A childbirth bootcamp for expecting parents who want to let go of the birth plan and feel prepared no matter how labor progresses.
This 5-day event is designed to help you understand the way labor progresses, build your coping strategy, develop your birth preferences, learn more about common complications, and preparing you for the immediate postpartum period.I’ll equip you with the evidence-based information and tools to navigate labor, ask meaningful questions, advocate for yourself, and make decisions with more confidence.


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Certifications

Completed Certifications

Childbirth Education Certification | International Doula Institute | Sep 2019 Cohort
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor | International Doula Institute | Sep 2019 Cohort
Certified Postpartum Doula | ProDoula | Mar 2021
Certified Newborn Sleep Specialist | Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting | Apr 2021
Certified Labor Doula | ProDoula | Aug 2021

Completed Trainings

Birth Doula Training | International Doula Institute | Sep 2019 Cohort
Postpartum Doula Certification | International Doula Institute | Sep 2019 Cohort
Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care Training | Postpartum Support International | Oct 2020 Cohort
Full Spectrum Doula Training | Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings | Fall 2020 Cohort
Baby and Toddler Sleep Consulting Training | The Cradle Coach Academy | Apr 2020 CohortCertified Breastfeeding Counselor | International Doula Institute | Sep 2019 Cohort
Certified Postpartum Doula | ProDoula | Mar 2021
Certified Newborn Sleep Specialist | Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting | Apr 2021
Certified Labor Doula | ProDoula | Aug 2021

Memberships

Evidence Based Birth Professional Member Since Apr 2020

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