head shotCourtney Long

Where are you originally from and how did you get into the newborn care profession?
I am originally from Cincinnati, OH. I initially became interested in the newborn care profession through my work as a nanny. I worked with newborns and first time parents often. I attended a postpartum doula training in 2011, but continued to work as a nanny. Last year I made the decision to attend a new training and begin working as postpartum doula. After starting with HHLB I decided that the newborn care specialist training would be a great compliment to postpartum doula work. I also felt it would hone the skills I had acquired through experience.

What is the greatest compliment you’ve ever received from a client?
Several clients have told me that I have a very calm demeanor and presence. My mind is always assessing several things at a time so I love that I am able to bring a calm atmosphere to clients while handling multiple tasks.

What do you enjoy about working with new families?
I love the excitement of watching new parents as their baby does something new. As simple as a little smirk while they’re sleeping. Everything is new and it’s wonderful to witness a parent experience that joy for the first time.

Tell us a little about your educational background. What degrees or certifications do you have?
I attended Howard University for undergrad. I am a pre-­certified postpartum doula (ProDoula). I have completed a newborn care specialist training through The Newborn Care Training Academy. I am also a child passenger safety technician.

Let’s talk newborns: what is your favorite part about caring for newborns?
How quickly they grow! If you don’t see them for a week you’ll feel like you’re seeing a totally different baby.

How long have you lived in the DC area and how did you arrive there?
I have lived in D.C. for almost 9 years. I came to D.C. to attend Howard University in 2007.

How has being a mother impacted your career caring for newborns?
As a mother I have very high expectations for myself and I’m also my biggest critic. When I see new mother doubting themselves or starting to feel guilty the mama bear in me jumps to life to remind them that they are the perfect mother for their baby.

How would you characterize your approach to newborn care and working with new mothers?
My goal is to meet the newborn and the family where they are, to guide them toward solutions when they need them, and to be a source of non‐judgmental emotional and physical support.

What is next for you? Are you preparing for a new certification or training event?
I am always interested in continuing my education either through my own research or through workshops and training. This year I have attended two training’s so far and plan to attend a lactation counselor training course this summer.

What do you enjoy about being on the Hush Hush Little Baby Team?
I love the support I get from Haleigh and working on a team so that if there is an emergency or illness the clients will have the benefit of the entire DMV team for a potential back‐up.

What do you enjoy outside of caring for newborns?
I love to run. I enjoy biking to work for exercise and to clear my mind. My greatest joy is exploring the city with my 4 year old.