Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Byda and Katie Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kim and Katie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Kim and I actually met way back in college. We both practiced as RN’s for many years. We then separately navigated our way to graduate school to get our masters degrees in Science and became Nurse Practitioners. I found a love for women’s health during my rotations in graduate school. I decided to specialize in women’s health and practiced for 10 years in a private OB/GYN practice before becoming a certified breastfeeding consultant and opening Northeast Moms & Babies with Kim.
Kim’s passion lies in Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care. She practiced in the NICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston for 13 years before becoming an IBCLC. We always talked about how one day we wanted to open a private Nurse Practitioner practice that treated both mom and baby together. About one year ago we decided to make our vision come true. We sat down and spent hours upon hours, and days upon days, researching and planning and pouring our heart and soul into what is today Northeast Moms & Babies.
After roughly 9 months of preparation, we opened our practice in March of 2018. We are both moms of three young children so experienced first hand the lack of resources for new moms and babies once they are discharged from the hospital and decided we wanted to make a difference. We treat all of our patients in the comfort of their homes and specialize in breastfeeding support, newborn sleep support and caregiver CPR/First Aid. We are extremely passionate and love what we do. It truly has been a dream come true.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Although the ideas and passion to start our business came so naturally, the technical business aspects certainly did not. We had to teach ourselves every step of the way starting with how to put our ideas down into a business plan. From there we learned about the legal side of the business, record keeping and all the financial pieces.
Lastly, we had to start marketing which is not something we had ever done before. We were experienced nurses and we wanted to start working and helping new mothers right away, but learning all of these things took a lot more time than we expected. There are very few businesses like ours so we didn’t have an example to follow, we had to figure things out as we went along.
Although starting the business came with some large obstacles, having been able to overcome them has made our business that much stronger. We truly know all the ins and outs of this business and passion of ours because we really built it from the ground up.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Northeast Moms & Babies – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our business was created to help new mothers adjust to life with a newborn by offering newborn and lactation consults, sleep consults and various classes for both pregnant and new mothers and their partners.
We know from our experience that many mothers leave the hospital breastfeeding their babies, but that once home things can fall apart and there are not many places to turn for help. We want to help bridge that gap in care so that moms can feel supported and have the help they need in the early days to meet their feeding goals. We are not only nurse practitioners and lactation consultants but mothers as well so we have been there and we understand.
We come to their home where they are most comfortable and offer feeding expertise and newborn advice as well as reassurance. Due to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, insurance companies are required to cover 100% of breastfeeding care and so our services are 100% reimbursed. This is something that so many new mothers don’t know. We would like to make home care for new mothers and their babies as norm so that every mother can get the support and reassurance she needs in those early and uncertain days.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are very happy exactly where we are right now but we have talked about down the road possibly expanding our practice and hiring more Nurse Practitioners/Lactation Consultants and being able to provide care to more moms and their babies.
- Website: Www.nemomsandbabies.com
- Phone: 508-203-1553
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northeastmomsandbabies/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Northeast-Moms-Babies-1893533687358718/
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