On May 18th, our 5th milk depot in Kentucky opened at Nurturing Birth & Wellness in Richmond. We co-hosted a launch event at the center located at 322 West Water St., Suite C, Richmond, KY 40475. To celebrate the special occasion, we interviewed founder and doula Tress La’Ree to highlight her work and the space she created.
Tell us about the origin story of Nurturing Birth & Wellness.
I am the owner/doula at Nurturing Birth & Wellness and I have been supporting those giving birth over the last decade as a full-time doula. My vision led me to open a storefront/studio space for Nurturing Birth & Wellness in March of 2018. We build community and help families to find the wellness and support that they need throughout the child bearing year and beyond. We offer many different classes and services with more to come in the future!
Why did you become a certified birth doula?
I became a birth doula after having trained as a midwife in another state and then moving to Kentucky. I saw that my passion is in hands-on birth support and coaching as well as prenatal education and physiological birth. I took several doula trainings and explored what I felt were beneficial trainings for a labor coach. I found a training organization that I felt did a comprehensive training course and I became a certified doula through their certification process.
What is the Dancing for Birth program and why do you offer this service?
Founded in 2001, Dancing For Birth™ is the leading global class for pregnant and new moms. It is the “trifecta” of birth preparation: feel-good prenatal fitness, essential birth wisdom, and celebration of pregnancy, birth and mothering, all rolled into a weekly class that supports you from preconception to postpartum! These classes are a great way to connect with your body and your baby. There are so many benefits for pregnancy, labor and beyond.
I love to teach these classes. I feel like women everywhere could benefit from these classes. I offer these classes because I feel strongly about igniting your primal instinct for birth. Our bodies are designed to give birth~ these classes can help you get in the best space, mentally and physically for birth.
Why is it important for your space to be a milk depot for The Milk Bank?
I don’t feel like enough people know about these services and how amazing breastmilk can be! I hope to lighten the load for donors and spread the news about The Milk Bank. In the past I have had several clients who have become milk donors. It is a phenomenal gift.