About our Founder and Owner Rachel, RN, BSN
photo by: Alura Wayne 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 17 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 taught 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 is a Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD) though the CAPPA organization, and holds certifications for BLS (Basic Life Saving CPR), and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program).
She has been awarded the prestigious “40 Under 40” Award from her Alma Mater, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, an award that recognizes 40 alumni under the age of 40 “who have excelled personally and professionally since completing their degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.” She was also recently highlighted in the UT Knoxville College of Nursing 50th anniversary magazine. She is a proud Vol, and honored to be able to point back to the collegiate campus where her nursing endeavor all began.
Rachel’s interests include: loving Jesus, babies, children, helping new families, extensive traveling, lifelong learning, Hot Yoga, reading, church, Haiti missions, running, cycling class, daily naps, nature, hiking and camping, spending time with her friends, family and neighbors, volunteering, live music, encouraging others and trying to make the world a better place, and loving on her 2 darling nieces!
-Graduated May 2005 UTK, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
-16 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
-Certified Postpartum Doula
-Clinical Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University
-Newborn Nursery and Postpartum Clinical Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University
-Lecturer on The Normal Newborn at Middle Tennessee State University
-Nanny for a Traveling Musician on the road and at home.
-BLS-Basic Life Saving for Adults, Children, and Infants
-NRP-Neonatal Resuscitation Program
-Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD) through the CAPPA organization
Hands On Experience:
-16 years of Maternal and Neonatal Nursing Experience
-over 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.
-Nanny for a toddler on the road and at home, including meal prep, activities, and basic childcare.
-Attended over 500 births
Awards and Accolades:
-University of Tennessee at Knoxville Alumni “40 under 40” award