THE BEST OF DURHAM Melanie, Suzanne and Ashley (back row) smile as Sara Brigham (left) and Mavreen Scott hold up their babies, Simone Cory-Brigham and Cassidy Scott, both 4 months old.
time parents. Whether they know it or not, they’re laying that foundation and community of support they’re going to need in postpartum. When they bring their baby in here, at six days old or nine days old for support groups, they’re not seeing strangers. That said, we have plenty of people who we meet for the first time in groups. Emerald Doulas was
Womb Service Your business does a lot of prenatal
and postpartum work in addition to births. Why do you feel that’s important?
Ashley We do a lot of work with classes, support
groups and, once a month, people come to our office for what we call our community prenatal meetings. We have first-time parents and fifth-
founded in 2016 by Ashley Rankin Collins, Melanie Patrick and Suzanne Lee. The three women saw a need to provide a more comprehensive experience to families, including extensive support services before and after childbirth.
Suzanne There’s a lot of planning and a lot of
work that goes into preparing for childbirth and pregnancy and then we find that there’s this “care cliff,” where a person has their baby, and then the doctors don’t see them anymore. They say, “We’ll see you in six weeks.” There’s this huge expanse of time where so much is happening. Some of our families here are transplants. They don’t have family or friends who can take care of them or show them what it’s like to be a new parent and how to figure out how to do that. So we’re coming in at that really vulnerable time for
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