what is

Nurtured Nest?

Hear from our founder, Kathryn Dunn, on how Nurtured Nest began and what our ongoing mission is.

Impacting real families

Parenting only begins at birth

Our classes are created to help families with the transition of adding a child and also in the months and years that follow.

We aim to be part of the solution and actively avoid being part of the problem.

An equitable approach.

Nurtured Nest is keenly aware of the pervasive problem of health inequity in the United States.

We want to ensure that BIPOC parents, LGBTQI+ parents, adoptive parents, and single parents all feel seen, valued, and represented in materials from Nurtured Nest. If you spot an exception to this goal in our materials, we ask you to tell us. When we know better, we do better.

We are aware our learners come to our classes from diverse cultural backgrounds. In each new class, we help families navigate cultural differences around parenting, offering encouragement, mindset shifts, and language for moments of tension.

Meet Nurtured Nest's Team of Educators

Alicia Taylor

Birth Doula & Infant Feeding Specialist

Liz Harden, MPH

Founder & Lead Sleep Coach at Little Dipper Wellness

Dr. Cory Clark + Kate Melillo

Co-founders of Founder of Be a Problem Solver Education Services

Dr. Melinda Beavers MD, PhD

Pediatrician and founder of Bloom Pediatric Partners, LLC

Sheri Phillips-Majmundar

Dog trainer- dog and family expert

Dr. Randolph Scott, MD

Owner of Carolina Elite Women's Care

Sue McKinney

MSW, CPDT-KA, CNWi, retired owner/founder of Whole Dog Institute

Margaret Marsden Fryer, MSN, CNM, IBCLC

Midwife Extraordinaire

Kelly Rutan, JD

Co-Owner of Doulas Of Raleigh

Julie Kennedy, MPH, M.Ed., RDN, LDN

Dr. Alexis Elias-Spohn, DPT

Rebecca S. Adams, MSN, CRNA

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Jacquie Biehl

Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and Infant Safety Specialist

Stephanie Bartlett, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC

Dr. Norah Whitten

Doctor of Physical Therapy and Owner of Functional Phyzio and Performance Therapy

Karen K. Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP

Irene Gouge

founder of Loving Lessons Sleep Consulting & Postpartum Doula Solutions

Amber Kroeker, MPH

Infant and Child Safety Specialist and Co-Founder of Pip and Grow

Kathryn Dunn

Nurtured Nest Founder & CEO

how we make our classes

Parenting is a learned skill


Hire top-notch parenting and medical experts–the kind who eat, sleep, and breathe their field of study.


Pick their brains. Asking: What’s experience taught you? What’s on the cutting edge of your field? What do parents need to know?


Our team of adult learning experts, videographers, and designers create engaging on-demand classes.

We create confident families. 

Nurtured Nest puts education first: we’re focused solely on creating expert-led, on-demand parenting information in an engaging, accessible format. 

Our organization consults with Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Pediatricians, Nurse Midwives, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Lactation Specialists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Therapists, Licensed Speech & Language Pathologists, Exercise Specialists, Physical Therapists, Family & Child Psychotherapists, Sleep Consultants, Child-Centered Business Owners, even Dog Trainers! All of our educators are also parents themselves. 

We are constantly creating new content and welcoming new educators to our team. Want to share your expertise with families? Shoot us an email with your ideas!

Nurtured Nest

Partnering with healthcare providers

Nurtured Nest perinatal education allows hospitals to support families throughout the whole perinatal period without a heavy lift from the hospital staff.

It allows hospitals to focus on patient outcomes, knowing those in their care have up-to-date, evidence-based perinatal education that meets patients’ emotional, clinical, and logistical needs.