empowering growing families
Baby Boldly was formed in 2018 by two passionate mothers who believe that better pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences are the foundation for a better world. We seek to elevate the products, services, and information available to growing families so that they are empowered to live out their parenting and personal dreams. Because when a baby is born, so is a mother and that mother deserves our collective care.
- Natalie married her husband James in 2012 and gave birth to their daughters Abigail and Mabel in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
A lover of all the arts, Natalie was once an aspiring ballerina. She graduated with her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in International Studies from the University of South Florida - Tampa.
Like many, she chose a career that had little to do with her degree and thus enjoyed wedding, meeting and event planning for ten years.
Completely transformed from motherhood, Natalie became impassioned about the way parents experience pregnancy, birth and postpartum in America. It inspired her to co-found Baby Boldly with her close friend Megan Mangiaracino.
She lives day-by-day with coffee and Lexapro, a supportive family, and remarkable friends in Jacksonville, Florida.
- A small town girl from Missouri, when Megan wasn't dancing and singing in a local play she was working on her family's pig farm.
Upon receiving her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, she immediately began her career in nonprofit fundraising - a path that led her to become the Director of Development & Marketing for a conservation organization in North Florida.
After the birth of her son Bennett (3 years), she returned to work and experienced first hand the many challenges facing working mothers. Alongside co-founder Natalie, she's channeling that experience into innovative services and products that help growing families.
Megan does life with her husband Mike by her side and her furbaby Max in her lap. She believes strongly in supporting other women (especially working mothers), the power of optimism and generosity, and the sacred tradition of Showtunes Friday in her car.
While we advocate for policy change, American moms can’t wait any longer. The village moms once had is now a vast void of community and care. We’re offering accessible content that readily informs, a product that gives her time to better prepare and eventually local partnership-based services that will provide the support moms need.
Megan's nearly due with baby #2! We wanted to share her perspective on preparing for her second postpartum experience through an interview! We've got a lot to learn from her confident preparedness as she goes boldly into new motherhood!
I grew up as a ballet dancer since I was four years old. The older I got, the more time I spent in the studio practicing and on the stage performing. I loved it - it had a way of transporting me out of reality and into a new place that felt euphoric. I knew how hard...
This is the 2nd part of our “10 Steps to Postpartum Prep” post! We’re giving five more ways you can better prepare for your post-birth experience. You can read the first five steps in the previous post. The average expectant mother spends 20 times more preparing for her birth than her postpartum experience. While birth certainly necessitates...