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Meet Morgan Campbell of Matters of Motherhood in Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Campbell.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Morgan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After University, I was unsure of what I wanted to do. I have always loved babies and helping families, so I picked up a job as a nanny caring for a three-month-old. I worked as a nanny for many years until I felt a strong need to help educate and support new parents during such a transitional time. That’s when I decided to switch from being a nanny to a Doula. Initially, I took my training to become a Birth Doula and wanted to explore that route, but found that my passion was in helping new families during Postpartum. The lack of care, education and resources for families during postpartum is scarce and so many are left feeling isolated and unsure of where to look for evidence-based information, emotional and physical support. I wanted to change that, so I became a Postpartum Doula. When I am out and about, I always strike up conversation about Postpartum Doula’s and what we do. I also have a strong online presence sharing educational information and talking about the highs and lows of Motherhood in an open and honest way. After becoming a mother myself in early 2018, and seeing the strong need to connect new mother’s, I created Matters of Motherhood. M.O.M is a community built to connect and support new mothers during postpartum. It is both an online and in person community. Honestly, I feel like I am always working in some sort of way.

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, its been a fairly smooth ride. Living in LA has certainly made it easier to get clients and grow my business. As a PP Doula we are much more well known to pregnant people here, then if I were still living in Ohio where I grew up. The first few years I really had to put myself out there in order to find clients. As much of my job is providing evidence-based info, it’s also about connection and the people who hire me feeling safe, allowing me in their lives at such a sacred time. If someone doesn’t know what I do, it’s as simple as having a discussion about helping them understand why it is beneficial to have a Doula and how much it truly can make a difference. As a PP Doula, it can be extremely emotional working with new families. There is so much change during this time. I have cried, laughed, wiped tears, held space, you name it with clients. It’s a very vulnerable time for new families with so much to process. After I had my son, my work got a little harder as I carry a lot of mom guilt being away from him or when I am working night shifts, I am exhausted and feel less present with him the next day. The benefit of my work is for the most part, I can set my schedule or take as many or little clients as I want.

Tell us more about your work.
I am a Postpartum Doula and creator of Matters of Motherhood. As a Postpartum Doula, I provide new families with evidence-based information, emotional, mental and physical support. I help educate families on everything from breastfeeding support, newborn care, discuss all the taboo topics of Postpartum, as well as cook nutrient-dense meals for Postpartum healing. I consider role as a PP Doula to be very sacred. I get to help educate and nurture new families during what is one of most special and vulnerable times in their lives. On social media, I am extremely open about new motherhood/parenthood and its highs and lows. I think that has helped so many others relate to me and have more realistic expectations.

As a new mother and creator of M.O.M, I help new mothers build the support system and community they deserve through online support and in person events, meet ups etc.

I think overall what I am most known for is both my educational support for families, as well as my peaceful and calm energy, which allows them to feel calm, safe and supported when I am with them. I come from a nonjudgmental place and I truly think families feel that. I am proud of the feedback I receive from clients, who then share their experience with other pregnant friends about me and by word of mouth I receive more clients.

I do this because I truly feel everyone deserves and should have a PP Doula. What sets me apart, my genuine love and passion for helping new families, my ability to connect so deeply, make people feel safe. I think the most important is my openness and desire to help any and all families. I have a very unconventional family and I want every family to know I respect and support them. A family isn’t just a dad and mom. It’s whatever you want it to be. That’s what’s important to me, are all families knowing I support them.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Oh, this is tough because there are so many layers to Postpartum care in America. My hope is that there will be continue to be a progressive shift in our government and mandated paid maternity/paternity leave, Doula’s become more well known, Postpartum resources and care are more readily available to new families across all socioeconomic boards.

I hope in the next 5 years insurance will cover both Birth and Postpartum Doula’s for everyone. There is so much more work that needs to happen for new families being supported during postpartum. I think the more of us who truly want to make a deep impact in our industry continue to speak out, educate and help others, it can continue to move in a positive way. We must continue to address the deeper issues and the lack of postpartum care for new families in America. There is so much more I could say.

 Pricing:
  • Postpartum Doula $40-$70hr in Los Angeles
  • Ask if your PP Doula offers sliding scale or pro-bono. Many of us offer these services to families when possible.
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Brian Bowen-Smith

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