Monica Marusceac - FOUNDER
A reluctant mom who thought her “real” life would end when she got pregnant with her first child back in 2011, Monica learned about natural birth when she was about 20 weeks pregnant and watched The Business of Being Born at the recommendation of a friend. After watching the film, Monica further educated herself on natural birth, home birth, water birth, midwives, doulas, blah blah blah. If it was about birthing, she read it (and tried to get her husband to read it too – without much luck). By the end of her pregnancy, Monica knew more than she ever thought she would know about birth and, despite the fact that her planned home water birth turned into a hospital C-section, she felt passionate enough about the subject to devote her spare time (and spare change) in 2012 to launching this website.
More specifically, what Monica feels most passionate about is reducing the amount of work and time a woman must invest in order to get educated on the subject of birth. She envisioned creating an all-encompassing website for her local community where busy women could turn to educate themselves on all things related to natural birth, connect with local providers and businesses supportive of natural birth, and have a little fun in the process. A working mom herself, Monica felt this was especially important for those women juggling work and family, women who were most likely to turn to convenient medical interventions without realizing the negative impacts such procedures could have on their babies, their bodies and their lives.
Monica is a doula student and is currently pursuing her certification as a lactation consultant. She graduated from Cornell University in 2001 with a degree in Economics and International Relations, has spent the last decade of her life as a United States Marine Corps pilot and is happily married to Ramzy, her soulmate and the father of her beautiful son, Alexander, to whom this website is dedicated.
Kathryn Reilly - WRITER
After earning her Master of Education, Kathryn got up every morning to do what she loved: teaching. She taught high school English for nine years before leaving the profession to become a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Upon discovering she was pregnant, she began researching natural child birthing techniques and committed to this approach. Kathryn also used complementary health care practices such as prenatal yoga and naturopathic advice throughout her pregnancy. She enjoyed a relatively easy pregnancy until the last few weeks, when she developed HEELP. After a difficult natural labor, due in part to complications from HEELP, Kathryn began researching natural methods to help her body recover. Alternative health practices such as herbalism, meditation, acupuncture and massage truly made a positive impact on her life.
As a stay-at-home mom, Kathryn has dedicated a great deal of time to implement natural parenting techniques including breastfeeding, making her own baby food, cloth diapering, learning sign language and using natural cures to treat health concerns for both herself and her daughter. She hasn’t taken any synthetic drugs in over two and a half years, and hasn’t missed them!
Both as a mother and writer, Kathryn hopes to share what worked for her and her daughter in the hopes of helping other mothers find their own parenting path. She believes that birth can be an empowering experience for all women, and that all women are capable of giving birth naturally. Kathryn firmly believes that natural approaches toward parenting provide the best outcome for families, and looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge to help other families thrive.
Hannah Neas - CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Growing up with a birth loving mom, Hannah was lucky enough to have a very early role model who really believed in the miracle of natural birth, babies, and motherhood. Caring for children has always been a part of her life whether it was her two younger sisters or the many kids she babysat. Hannah was a nanny during college and shortly after graduation, she married her college sweetheart, Gabriel. After struggling to conceive for over a year, she became pregnant with her son, Eamon, and began to prepare for a natural birth. The stress and disappointment of infertility made her convinced in the benefits of learning and making choices that would help make her birth as peaceful and natural as possible. After an extensive husband-coached natural birth course, reading, and watching videos, Eamon’s birthday finally arrived…5 weeks early! After a 24 hour drug-free labor, Eamon came into the world. He spent his first 9 days in the NICU, but has had no problems since. Almost three years later, daughter Katalina joined the family after another natural hospital birth. She was 4 weeks early and put mama through her paces with an 88 hour labor, but was the picture of health.
Hannah’s birth experiences inspired her to spread the word about the amazing benefits of natural birth and natural parenting. She became a certified childbirth educator and has taught natural birth classes in Northern Virginia for over 3 years. She also runs a local cloth diapering/natural parenting store, The Cloth Nook. Teaching is her passion and she loves to spend time with expecting and new parents to help prepare them for the joys and challenges of parenthood. She also enjoys writing about the subjects closest to her heart and spending time with her family. Hannah is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in English and along with being a mom, teacher and business-owner, she works part-time as a licensed insurance agent.
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