On May 1, 2022, Taylor Davis and Kara Smith will present an exhibition for women, featuring twelve providers who will provide: mental health, breastfeeding support, midwives, doulas and yoga teachers. For more information, CLICK HERE.
“I think a lot of moms doubt themselves and their bodies.”
Bringing a child into the world – and becoming a mother – can be scary.
“We host free or low-cost community events to try and raise money so we can apply to become a nonprofit,” says Davis.
The coalition just got started last summer – the two have organized family events for local mothers. But their goal — goes much further.
Smith shares, “I really want to start a support group for moms. I know that after going through my postpartum depression, my OB referred me to two different providers for counseling services, and I didn’t see either of them because they were so supportive.
Taylor and Kara found it very difficult to find resources in their northern Michigan community.
Both are trained to help women before, during and after pregnancy.
“Breastfeeding isn’t really accepted as much as I think it should be,” Smith says.
Davis says: “There are dads who have to go back to work, a few days after the birth and this mom is left alone at home, without help. She’s caring for a newborn, but she’s still trying to recover from a huge event.
“I ended up driving all the way to Ann Arbor with my, I think she was a month old, baby on my own. I felt completely alone and this is my third daughter,” Smith says.
Davis expresses, “You leave the hospital and your baby sees a pediatrician a few days later, but the mother waits six weeks for a postpartum checkup. It’s not good.
Prior to the Clare County Breastfeeding Coalition, the two had started their own businesses.
“My goal is for every woman to feel confident and confident as she prepares to give birth and become a mom,” Davis says.
A trained professional who provides ongoing support.
She says, “I tell everyone that I’m not here to take the place of the partner, I’m here to offer support to the partner too. I walked into the delivery room and the father is panicked, he doesn’t know what to do. But when we meet before the birth, I know what the woman wanted. We review the signs, the red flags of depression and anxiety. It’s normal to have the baby blues because your hormones change after birth.
“I offer them prenatal education, how to maintain their milk supply, if you have pain or difficulty latching on. I also offer sizes for breast pump protectors because not all women are the same size.
It can be a struggle for many who have the passion and desire to breastfeed.
Smith says: “They think they should be producing tons and tons and tons of milk and they’re not making enough, especially in the first few days when the baby just needs the claustrum which isn’t more milk.”
And they have an even bigger goal for the future…
“Our end goal is to one day have a women’s center where women can come and get doula support, evidence-based childbirth education, lamaze, lactation support, education about car seats.”