Meigan has worn many professional hats in her life, from research biologist to Certified Nursing Assistant, and brings all her professional talents together in the role of postpartum doula. Her background in healthcare convinced her that she wanted to pursue a role in nurturing others, however wanted an avenue that was also mom-friendly and a bit less clinical. She also begins the lactation program at PSU this fall to become a lactation consultant as she has a passion for supporting breastfeeding families, especially those who are struggling or need specialized skills.
Meigan is a former client of Kimberly's so she has experienced what a doula does and how much of a difference sleep and support can truly make. After her first baby arrived and promptly shook up the family, she decided to have more support with her second child to have a smoother start. It worked--and she was a believer in doulas, tucking away the idea of supporting moms until her kids were a bit older. Now that both are young teens, Meigan has more time to offer parents as they are just beginning their journey to provide the caregiving that is so needed to get parents off to a great start.
After suffering with postpartum depression and dealing with an especially fussy baby herself, Meigan decided to become a certified volunteer with Baby Blues Connection to offer support to other women struggling with early motherhood. (BBC is a chapter of Postpartum Support International, an organization that serves families dealing with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders--and one that ABC Doula is a proud supporter of as well.) She has a special place in her heart for moms who are dealing with the added weight of depression or anxiety, on top of all the typical challenges of new motherhood.
Meigan's compassion extends to furry family members as well, as she is a true animal lover in addition to her love of babies and parents. She is a great fit for families with fur babies who want everyone to get plenty of love and affection. Meigan is available for days and overnights, and brings her great communication skills, empathy, and kindness to build a calm and peaceful time of welcoming your baby and adjusting to newborn life.