About our Founder and Owner Rachel, RN, BSN
photo by: Kailee Riches Photography
The Newborn Nurse, LLC, founder and owner, Rachel, is a native Nashvillian who graduated in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked for 13 years as a Mother-Baby Registered Nurse, and also has experience in labor and delivery, high and low risk antepartum, high and low risk postpartum, NICU, and extensive lactation experience. Having worked over 21,000 hours at the bedside of moms and babies, and taken care of over 11,000 newborns, Rachel’s greatest passion is educating and supporting new moms and providing skilled and nurturing newborn care. Even though Rachel is a trained medical professional, she loves holistic and natural methods of treatment, care, and diet, and tries to incorporate both schools of thought in her nursing practice, healing, and life.
In addition to bedside, hands-on nursing, she also taught at the Middle Tennessee State University College of Nursing, Bachelor of Science program, working as a clinical instructor for newborn nursery and postpartum clinicals, and teaching lecture to students on “The Normal Newborn”.
She recently finished a great travel adventure as a nanny on the road for a country music artist for two and a half years, caring for, and taking care of her toddler son. She traveled extensively with their family, lived on a tour bus, and split her time off the road between Nashville and New York City.
Rachel developed the idea for The Newborn Nurse when she discharged new mothers home from the hospital, but felt like they really needed more support those first few days and weeks at home. She has taken a course, and is currently in the process of becoming certified as a Postpartum Doula though the CAPPA organization, and holds certifications for BLS (Basic Life Saving CPR), NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), and STABLE (an additional Newborn Lifesaving Course).
Rachel’s interests include babies, children, extensive traveling, lifelong learning, Hot Yoga, reading, church, Haiti missions, running, cycling class, spending time with her friends and family, volunteering, live music, her Labrador Retriever, Layla, and her 2 darling nieces!
-Graduated May 2005 UTK, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
-12 years of Nursing Experience including:
-Labor and Delivery
-High and Low Risk Antepartum
-High and Low Risk Postpartum
-Well Baby Nursery
-Mother Baby Couplet Care
-Nursery Transition Nurse- attended over 500 deliveries
-CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) Member
-Certifying Postpartum Doula in training
-Clinical Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University
-Well Baby and Postpartum Clinical Instructor
-Lecturer on The Normal Newborn at MTSU
-Nanny for a Traveling Musician (child age 19 months-4 years old) on the road and at home
BLS-Basic Life Saving for Adults, Children, and Infants
NRP-Neonatal Resuscitation Program
STABLE-Lifesaving course for newborns
Certifying Postpartum Doula through the CAPPA organization
Hands On Experience:
-12 years of Maternal and Neonatal Nursing Experience
-22,000 hours at the bedside taking care of postpartum mothers and their new babies
-Care of over 11,000 newborn babies (well baby and NICU combined)
-Logged over 6,000 hours of lactation support, specializing in first latch, and correcting minor issues in the first few days of life.
-2 1/2 years of nanny care for a toddler on the road and at home, including meal prep, activities, and basic care of a toddler.
-Attended over 500 births