Introducing nurturely

the science and nature of nurturing

We are a group of researchers, health professionals, doulas, and physicians dedicated to supporting the optimal health and development of infants and their caregivers globally through interdisciplinary research and inclusive, evidence-based community outreach.

Our Story

nurturely was inspired by international research on infant-caregiver interaction

After conducting research and volunteering with maternal-infant health programs both locally and internationally, the founder of nurturely realized the need for a better integration of the science of early development with the nature of cultural practices and societal systems that shape infant care practices.

How We’re Different

nurturely aims to bridge the worlds of science, medicine, community health, and parenting

Bridging the Gap

We ensure that community health programs are informed by the latest science and that researchers take into account the questions that need answers from the international maternal-infant health community.

A Culture of Change

Changes in infant health practices are not the sole responsibility of the caregivers, but rather are defined by the systems, policies, and cultural values of the broader society.

Getting to the Root

Prioritizing early health and development naturally provides a means of addressing the root of other societal issues, including environmental degradation, racial justice, and socioeconomic equality.

Why Infancy?

Racial and socioeconomic disparities in early health and development exacerbate societal inequalities

The first two years of life are critical for brain development, socialization, and psychological well-being. All babies deserve the best, evidence-based care to support optimal health and development, and all caregivers deserve to be supported during this important period.

Our Program Areas

Our US-based outreach work addresses three target areas

Breastfeeding Equality

To reduce rampant racial and socioeconomic disparities in breastfeeding, we provide free lactation education in underrepresented languages and to underserved groups.

Postnatal Contact

To ensure that our knowledge of the benefits of physical contact continues to advance, we are collaborating with biological and social scientists to conduct rigorous, interdisciplinary research.

Societal Support

To increase support for new mothers, we are working to increase accommodations for nursing mothers, pilot onsite childcare programs, and advocate for fair family leave policies.

The Importance of Research

Research advances our understanding of both the science and nature of nurturing

The first step to solving a problem is understanding it. Only with rigorous, interdisciplinary research can we come up with innovative solutions to address the root of inequalities in early health and development.

Our Approach

We are committed to inclusive, collaborative, evidence-based community outreach

Community Education

We provide free public educational workshops for new and expectant parents, focusing on refugee mothers, non-English speaking families, and low-income parents who have less access to services.

Health Programming

We work with hospitals and community health programs to implement evidence-based practices and increase informed, inclusive services for families.

Workplace Support

We work with employers to support a family-friendly workplace culture and pilot onsite childcare program to improve breastfeeding rates and mother-infant bonding.

Academic Collaborations

We conduct our own research, but also collaborate with scientists across a variety of disciplines to ensure our information is based on the latest, most high-quality data.

Upcoming Events

Bubbly Brunch:

A Benefit for Babies

  • Friday, November 10th, 12:30-3:30
  • Catered brunch and mimosa bar
  • Silent auction with local gift packages
  • Guest speakers on the science and nature of nurturing

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Each day in the US….

65

babies don't make it to their first birthday

690

babies are born to teen moms

1151

babies are born into extreme poverty

1345

babies are born without access to health services

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