Since childhood Leah possessed a passion and fascination for Newborn, Child, and Women’s health. During college she worked by educating and supporting multiple families with newborn care and lactation support and continues to provide this same support today. She pursued her dream of helping mothers, infants, and children by obtaining a degree as a Registered Nurse specializing in maternal/child health as well as a certification in Lactation Counseling. She previously worked at Ochsner Medical Center on their Mother/Baby Unit, at St. David’s Medical Center in the Newborn Nursery and at OBGYN North – Natural Beginning Birth Center. Leah has been trained by DONA international as a labor doula to further her knowledge and experience to support expectant and new mothers with compassion and trust.
Throughout her professional career Leah found a strong need for additional support, assistance, and evidence based education from patients and friends regarding pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding support and care of the newborn. She desired to spend more time with her patients by providing in-home support through professional consulting. Leah also has two wonderful children of her own, Amelia and Ellis.
Leah keeps up-to-date on current research and prepares new and expectant mothers and fathers for their journey into parenthood through her warmth and genuine nature. She provides families just what they need to feel at ease with the changes a new baby brings. She has built an amazing team to help support, guide, educate, and empower families during pregnancy and beyond.
Alexandra McCall, RNOwner
Alexandra started her journey after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in New Orleans. She then started working in an Intensive Care Unit in Shreveport before moving across the country with her husband for training in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic. While working at Mayo she became passionate about educating others in health and nutrition and gained significant knowledge in these areas. She landed a job in the much sought after Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Transplant Intensive Care Unit where she grew to love her pediatric patients.
After a traumatic first pregnancy and delivery of her second, Alexandra combined the passion she had for education and helping others with her newfound interest in helping women throughout pregnancy, the fourth trimester, and the newborn stage. She took her extensive knowledge of newborn care and nursing in general and approached her childhood best friend, Leah, about helping the people of Baton Rouge. Alexandra and her husband Andrew moved back to Baton Rouge in 2018 with a new perspective on life and an overall more progressive and holistic approach to all aspects of it. She hopes to help bring Baton Rouge forward and is excited to see all the changes Baton Rouge has adapted since she has been gone.
Alexandra loves talking to pregnant women and new parents and assisting them in any way she can. She is eager to teach overall wellness and help build confidence in this population. She has one son, Ozzy and is currently pregnant and due in August.
Abigail Kimbel BSN, RN, CLCLactation Consultant
Abigail Kimbel currently lives in Clinton, Louisiana. She is a registered nurse who graduated from Nicholls State University with her BSN in 2017. Before graduating, she worked as a Nurse Technician on the Mother/Baby Unit at Ochsner in Baton Rouge. Since becoming a nurse, she has worked on that very same unit. Her love of women’s and infant health began in high school when she shadowed a NICU Nurse Practitioner. After working for a year on Mother/Baby, she decided she wanted to help her breastfeeding patients more and started working on her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) by first achieving her Certification in Lactation Counseling (CLC).
She has a large family of three brothers and a sister, two parents, two crazy/lovable cats, a small dog, and a husband (of a year). Breastfeeding has always been a passion for Abigail, even in her years at college. For her undergraduate study, she researched the perceptions of breastfeeding and pumping in the workplace in the state of Louisiana. She plans to explore some of the aspects of that research further. Abigail is excited to provide further support for breastfeeding mothers in the Baton Rouge area!
Candyse Matassa, IBCLCLactation Consultant
Candyse is a CLC along with IBCLC (Certified Lactation Consultant) and have a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science. She previously worked with WIC for six years assisting breastfeeding women and teaching breastfeeding classes. She is thrilled to share her knowledge and support with fellow mothers throughout their journey of breastfeeding and motherhood.
Meagan Thorne, BSN, RNMotherhood Educator
Meagan is a wife and mother to a 2 year old son and has recently moved to the Baton Rouge area. She is a native of Newfoundland, Canada where she completed her Bachelor degree in Nursing from Memorial University. She is a RN with over 12 years experience supporting individuals and families through various roles. Her love for maternity and infant care begin with her first role on the Obstetrical and Gynecology Unit at the Health Sciences Central in St. John’s. She went on to work in various roles within the Community Services setting where she could provided extended and one on one care to families.
Much of her experience included prenatal classes, breastfeeding support, and postpartum and infant care. She also developed a great passion in working with families through a more holistic approach and found ways to do that, which included education classes and individual coaching for parenting, counseling mothers and families through postpartum anxiety and depression, and working intensely with children and adults for various mental health needs. Working under the direction of a trained Psychiatrist, she was able to co-lead an intensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group for trauma care.