Our point of view
Many people turn to hospital classes and training sessions, but we think that this misses a crucial emotional ingredient that can make having a baby less isolating and more inclusive.
Who are we?
The Parent Collective was founded by Jessica as a result of her personal experience during pregnancy.
Jessica had both of her children in the UK. As an American living overseas, she had anxieties about having her first child far from family support. Friends suggested she register for a prenatal class series called The NCT (The National Childbirth Trust). The NCT’s classes are organized by neighborhood and due date, which allows all couples to form a local social and support network prior to their babies being born.
This series of classes proved invaluable to her. She developed a support network and friendships which were to keep her sane through early parenthood and as her family grew. Jessica hopes to create a similar community for expectant parents – one that will provide information and build supportive, social networks – The Parent Collective.
Jessica Hill: Founder
Meet our team facilitators
They are excited to impart knowledge from their experience both as practitioners and as parents but more importantly to have a conversation with participants about their hopes, expectations, and concerns. Below you can learn a bit more about the
Stephanie Abraitis D’Ostilio
MS, CM, LM
RN, BSN, IBCLC
She has written articles and worked as a consultant, content development strategist and medical advisor and editor for: BabyZone.com– now Babble.com; part of The Disney Interactive Media Group. As a member of the i Village/Newborn Channel Nurse Advisory Board, she consulted as they updated breastfeeding programming for the Newborn Channel and she is featured in several segments, which air in more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States. She feels passionately about helping women feel empowered to make wise health care decisions and to be proactive about their health and the health of their family.
Allegra Gatti Zemel
MSN, CNM, LM
Kate L. Melanson
MSN, CNM, WHNP
Kate finds immense joy in demystifying the confusing and sometimes frightening processes of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the general world of medicine. She is passionate about empowering new parents to follow their own compass and protecting the unique personal experiences during the transitions into parent- and family-hood. Kate graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Sacred Heart University in 2004 and with a dual Master’s of Science in Nursing for Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners from Yale University in 2018.
With her extensive background serving as a women’s health nurse practitioner, Heather Kovac, MSN, WHNP-BC is a go-to practitioner for labor, delivery, and postpartum care. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University, Heather completed her master’s in nursing degree at the University of South Alabama. She went through additional training to become nationally board-certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Heather even holds advanced certifications in electronic fetal monitoring and inpatient obstetrics through the National Certification Corporation. Patients of Heather appreciate her warm and welcoming demeanor, in addition to her ability to provide informative details, so patients can make educated decisions. She’s able to help women feel calm and relaxed throughout their prenatal care, and even into delivery. When she’s not busy caring for patients, Heather loves spending time with her family and friends. She stays active by skiing, hiking, and traveling internationally.
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