After having my first son in early 2011, I instantly became obsessed with everything baby! I joined a Mommy and Me group in Los Angeles where I met 11 other amazing women whose babies were born within weeks of my son. I had no idea the positive impact this group would have on all of us nor did I ever think that the women would become some of my best friends. I didn’t know it at the time, but this group would change my life.
Katrina is a mom to one fun little girl! Though she and her family relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, she is a Southern California girl at heart with the best things in her life having happened in Orange County. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with two BAs in Anthropology and Women's Studies. She worked as a preschool teacher's assistant, an executive assistant, a marketing account manager, and worn many hats in the nonprofit world. She clearly thrives on organization, community, connection, and a deep purpose. The New Mom School has not only played an integral part in her own journey through first-time motherhood since late 2014, it has allowed her to put her skills and strengths to good use! She hopes every mom gets the love and appreciation they deserve, as well as the opportunity to be surrounded by the supportive mommy tribe at The New Mom School.
Melanie is an Orange County native, having spent a few years in Los Angeles while attending the University of Southern California. After graduating with a business degree, she entered the corporate world working in online media and advertising. She's been in the industry since 2010, starting in operations and eventually moving to human resources to focus on training, development, and recruitment. Beginning in 2015, she's been on the business development and operations side at small online ad consultancies, which has been a very welcomed change of pace. As of 2018, she is also a trained birth doula, through DONA, and a certified lactation educator counselor (CLEC), which allows her to tap into her passion of helping mamas through the most transformative time(s) of their lives. As a New Mom School Alum, she can attest to the powerful impact the program has had on her journey into motherhood, and she's ecstatic to be able to help facilitate the same experience for all the new and experienced moms coming through The New Mom School doors.
Britton Lunde, B.A., CCE, CPE, is one of our amazing group facilitators. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Child Development from UC Irvine. She received her Childbirth Educator Certification and Postnatal Educator Certification through International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and is a certified Kindersign Instructor. She has 12 years experience teaching Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Childbirth, Parenting and Postnatal classes. Her passion is to reach out to all new mothers and families and empower them to be the best parents they can be. She continues to support mothers and families with her fun, informative and helpful classes/workshops throughout Orange County. Britton is a proud mother of three daughters and can relate to all of the challenges that motherhood brings
Nicole Hollins is a New Mom School alum and one of our group facilitators. Nicole’s experience in early childhood development started at a very young age. She spent the majority of her teenage years and early 20’s working with her mother at her developmental preschool on the East Coast. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Business, but spent a majority of her time studying as a Family and Consumer Science major. She has experience in child development, family theories and meal management to name a few. She also has extensive experience as a nanny for several different families with children of various ages. She enjoys getting to know new moms and sharing her experiences and knowledge. She lives in Irvine with her husband, Steven and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia.
Abby is a certified Music Together instructor and one of our group facilitators. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to spend many years as a teacher and teacher coach in Aurora, Colorado. In August of 2011 Abby and her husband gave birth to their first son. Within a month of becoming a new mommy, she and her family moved from their home in Colorado to start a new adventure in Southern California. During this time she began taking Music Together classes in Redondo Beach. It was here that she formed lifetime friendships with a group of nine mothers who had all given birth to their first child within weeks of each other. The relationships between moms and babies quickly formed a new family that would see her through the birth of two additional sons. Abby’s dream for all new moms is to find their own tribe who will offer the same support that she was so fortunate to find in this amazing chapter of life. Abby began teaching Music Together classes in 2014 and continues to find joy in the faces and voices of her classes. She is excited to bring her knowledge of child development and love of teaching to The New Mom School. When she is not teaching, Abby loves spending time exploring with her family. She and her husband have three energetic and amazing boys who fill her life with adventure.
Danielle is an IBCLC Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, ICCE Certified Childbirth Educator, and author. Most importantly, Danielle is a mother who has been through the birth experience twice. She has received her education from the UCSD Extension Perinatal Education program. Danielle obtained her Board Certification as a Lactation Consultant through the International Board of Lactation Examiners and is a proud member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association) Danielle received her childbirth educator certification through ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) and over the last 12 years has taught at several Orange County hospitals. Over the course of her 13 year career she has assisted in numerous births and helped educate thousands of women about the birth process and breastfeeding needs of their infants.
Jaimee has created a variety of services to help support breastfeeding mothers and babies during all that happens within the first year of life. For whatever stage you and your baby find yourselves, she is here to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding is a journey and she looks forward to supporting you and your baby through this special time. Jaimee is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) through the International Board of Lactation Examiners, Certificated Lactation Education Counselor (CLEC) through UC San Diego Extension, member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), and proud mother of two beautiful little girls.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who’s great passion is working with women and couples on their journey to becoming parents and in the transition into being a family. I received my Masters in Social Work at NYU and got licensed as an LCSW 10 years ago. I have had a private practice in both Newport Beach and Irvine for the past 8 years. I work alongside my clients as they prepare to start a family, throughout the challenges of pregnancy and postpartum, and during the transition into parenthood. Early in my career, I developed an interest in helping mothers through this emotional and physical transition into motherhood. While so much of parenthood is full of joy and excitement, there are also difficult periods of time when parents seek guidance and direction. I am here to provide that much-deserved assistance to help make this journey as smooth and joy-filled as possible.