Nest for Families provides text-based pre-natal and newborn support

Supporting the first 1,000 days of life

Sponsored by CalMed Hawaii

For families with newborns, the first 1,000 days of life can often be the most trying. Nest for Families is a non-profit that offers free support for those who need a little extra guidance, and the team there is just one text away.

Nest families can enroll prenatally through the first 24 months of a child’s life. The non-profit connects parents with familiar and accessible support from peers and experts to promote bonding, breastfeeding, physical and emotional well-being, and strong connections to community, culture, and place. With skilled and familiar guidance just a text message away, babies and parents thrive in meeting their breastfeeding goals, increasing secure attachment, and connecting easily with resources in their local communities.

The Nest team is composed of leaders and practitioners deeply engaged in perinatal health, infant development, lactation care, parent support, behavioral mental health, and trauma-informed care. The management team consists of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants, and Public Health, Child Development, and Social Work specialists. Nest also has a volunteer advisory committee of six statewide experts in their field.

Nest’s Peer Parent Educators are women in the community who are trained and skilled in compassionate, evidence based care, breastfeeding, infant feeding, infant and child development, and cultural responsiveness. Nest currently employs a Marshallese Peer Parent Educator who specializes in community advocacy, translating content for Nest and communicating with Nest’s Marshallese speaking families. Nest also offers Spanish language support.

For more information, visit nestfamilies.org or follow on Facebook and Instagram: @nestforfamilies or Twitter: @nest_families