About

Our dream for “Educated Mommy” is to have an independent location where families can come to get the research based information they need about anything pregnancy and parenting related. In order to accomplish this goal, we are dedicated to having qualified staff running Educated Mommy. Our goal is to have a lactation consultant, a childbirth educator, and an RN on staff to ensure families are confident that the information they receive is trustworthy.

The services at Educated Mommy will be wide ranging and constantly evolving to meet the needs of those who we serve. From private lactation consultations to free cloth diaper workshops, from belly casting sessions to small support groups for Moms, from car seat safety classes to Mommy & Me Yoga classes we want to make this the place where ALL families can meet their family’s needs.

Looking to get involved?

Educated Mommy welcomes volunteers and assistance year-round. Contact us today and let us know how you’d like to help!

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Mission

Nurturing young families through support and education by providing evidence-based, holistic information in a community setting, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Community Coordinator

Shannon Ward

Community Coordinator & Flourish Co-Leader

Shannon is a certified CAPPA Postpartum Doula and New Parent Educator with a background in psychology. Shannon is the owner of Thrive After Birth, Helping you to Parent with Confidence through Always Friendly Never Forced Parent and Baby Support. My husband is my best friend, and our home is full...

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Consultants & Board Members

Kari Clark, MSN

Board Member

Kari is a retired nurse with her Master’s of Science Degree in Maternal-Child Nursing. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Medical University of South Carolina. Kari’s maternal-child experience includes postpartum, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, gynecology, and home care. As a healthcare process improvement...

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Kelsie Thomas, CD(DONA)

Board Member

Kelsie is a certified DONA International birth doula and owner of Transitions: Doula and Life Services. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Health Science, minors in biology and studio arts. Kelsie has additionally trained with Spinning Babies, and is currently working towards bereavement certification....

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Heather Edmunds Reed

Consultant

Heather Edmunds Reed is a Trained Center for Babywearing Studies Consultant and Assistant Manager at Elegant Mommy. She is a mother of three boys, all of whom she’s cloth diapered, babyworn, breastfed and attachment parented. Heather is grateful for all the the knowledge she has learned through the beautiful community...

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Christine Duran-Garcia

Consultant

Christine Duran-Garcia is a wife and mother of two. She began babywearing in 2015, with the birth of her second child and has enjoyed every moment of it. She is a graduate of The Center for Babywearing Studies Foundations Course. With this additional training, she offers babywearing consults and helps...

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Rachel Gangle

Rachel Gangle graduated from the university of Omaha at Nebraska with her Master’s degree in Social work in 2010. She is licensed as a clinical social worker, private independent practice and as a qualified mental health professional. She has worked in several mental health settings including inpatient psychiatric treatment settings,...

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Shannon Ward

Community Coordinator & Flourish Co-Leader

Shannon is a certified CAPPA Postpartum Doula and New Parent Educator with a background in psychology. Shannon is the owner of Thrive After Birth, Helping you to Parent with Confidence through Always Friendly Never Forced Parent and Baby Support. My husband is my best friend, and our home is full...

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Megan Grode-Wolters

Flourish Co-Leader

Megan Grode-Wolters is a Certified Social Worker-Private Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) with several years of social work and mental health practice. She has worked with all ages throughout her career, though her current work focuses primarily on youth and families....

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Sarah Rosin