Moms on Call FoundersAuthors of the Moms on Call Book Series
Laura Hunter, LPN
Laura is a juggler—she juggles life (can you relate?). She is a mother of five, pediatric nurse, an entrepreneur, and infant care consultant. But there’s one common passion for all the areas of Laura’s life, her desire to inspire and encourage parents.
Laura continues to provide infant consultations in the Atlanta area plus phone consultations around the world.
Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN
Jennifer has multiple roles—wife, mother of three, pediatric nurse, public speaker, sought-after infant and toddler care consultant and author of titles including a soon-to-be-released series of children’s books. Jennifer has over twenty years of pediatric nursing experience and has a heart to equip parents with practical advice and inspiration for the joys and challenges of parenthood.
Jennifer continues to provide personal infant and toddler consultations as well as engaging parents through her public speaking engagements and parenting seminars.
Atlanta, GATrained Independent Consultants
Megan Tucker, RN, BSN
Certified Childbirth Instructior, Atlanta Area
Megan brings over 16 years of nursing experience to Moms On Call which includes women’s health (High Risk Perinatal and Infertility), home health, and nurse education. She has had the privilege of serving as a consultant with Moms On Call for almost 10 years while also teaching child birth, lactation, baby care and infant CPR/safety classes around the metro-Atlanta area. Her philosophy is that the path of parenthood is filled with unexpected twists and turns. However, partnering with parents allows her to provide them with the information and confidence to navigate that road. She describes her greatest professional reward as seeing a balanced, peaceful and well-rested family! She and her husband, originally from the UK, have two grown sons, two daughters and have had numerous foster children since 2012. Fostering allows for daily opportunities to implement what she believes in–The Moms On Call method! Megan works with newborns, infants, toddlers and families of multiples from all over the World.
Lisa Hartman, BSN, M.Ed, NP, LPC, DNP
Lisa is the proud mother of a five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son. She has seventeen years of experience as a nurse practitioner and is board certified in family practice and psychiatry. She is also a licensed professional counselor. Lisa holds a doctorate degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She has a heart and special passion for children. The Mom’s On Call method was life changing to her family, and affirmed to her the innate ability that we all have within us to raise our families with loving confidence. Lisa has the strong desire to share that valuable knowledge with other parents. She specializes in older baby (greater than 3 months old) and toddler sleep training. Lisa understands family dynamics and will provide your family with the tools it needs to bring peaceful, restful nights to your home. She is also a valuable resource on toddler issues such as potty training, sibling rivalry, and feeding.
Dawn Kown is a wife, mother of two young boys, and a devoted pediatric nurse. Dawn has over 7 years of pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant experience as well as four years of parenting experience. She currently works in the Aflac Cancer Center at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Dawn has a passion for partnering with new and experienced parents to give them the skills, guidance, affirmation, and encouragement they need to enjoy their baby and toddler in the best way possible. Dawn enjoys balancing life in a way that allows her to spend quality time with her family and friends, pursing her passion of nursing and helping others care for their babies and toddlers, taking care of herself, and being a part of Passion City Church. With her business, Life With Littles Consulting, Dawn would love to partner with Atlanta Families on their journey to enjoying their babies and toddlers.
Lauren Collins, RN, BSN
Michelle Warren, RN
Becoming a parent is one of the most fulfilling and satisfying experiences in a person’s life! It can also be one of the most stressful. Let Michelle come along side you and assist, teach, encourage and inspire you! Michelle is a wife and mother of four children. In her free time she enjoys attending Woodstock City Church with her family and engaging her young adult and teenage children to help care for their 3 dogs, cat, guinea pig, beta fish and tarantula. With 20 years of labor and delivery and maternal/newborn nursing, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Moms on Call. In the hospital setting, Michelle has helped countless parents and newborns become acquainted and comfortable with one another. Michelle can also help new parents in their homes welcome and adjust to life with their newborns. Parents who are trying to get their infants to sleep longer stretches at night might call on Blissful Beginnings, LLC, Michelle’s business. She teaches sleep strategies and will even help over night if parents are unsure about applying these techniques (or just want a little rest while Michelle helps your baby transition to a better night’s sleep!). While focusing on what’s most important to you, she can meet you where you are in your journey of parenting your new baby and give you confidence, rest and peace of mind.
Savannah, GATrained Independent Consultants
Cassidy found her true passion shortly after having her first child. A fellow registered nurse was home with her first child and sought some much needed mom advice. After spending a few hours together chatting about all things baby she realized she had a lot of great experience and needed to share it with other moms who were questioning everything. Shortly after that she trained with Moms on Call. She now felt she had a platform and resources to help her reach others. She is now happily a mom of two, living in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. Still working as a registered nurse but deeply enjoys helping other moms find their Peaceful Beginnings.
Saint Simons Island, GATrained Independent Consultants
Nancy Hodges Bowen, FNP-C
Saint Simions Area
Nancy has worked for over twelve years as a nurse, and she is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She is also the mother of two children, and her youngest is currently 9 months old. When her son was born, life changed for her in a way she wasn’t prepared for. The family, friends, and providers that walked through the sleepless nights, feeding issues, and childbirth with her became an inspiration. This inspiration has turned into a passion for helping other new parents with love, grace, and support.
Montgomery, ALTrained Independent Consultants
June Lushington, LPN
June is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with 43 years specializing in Pediatric care. She began her career at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama ensuring young patients received proper medications and medical care. Currently she serves as a telephone triage nurse at Partners in Pediatrics Office in Montgomery, Alabama. Caring for children and their families is her passion and sparked her interest in “Moms on Call”. June discovered this program by accident while visiting her new granddaughter in Atlanta where she overheard two ladies at a local mall discussing a wonderful program they were using with their triplets. This program provided information and techniques on how to sooth your baby, as well as how to get your babies to sleep through the night sooner as opposed to later. Her love of children urged her to ask these ladies about the program and this is how June discovered Laura and Jennifer’s “Moms on Call”. She quickly registered for the training program so she could assist new mothers in learning how to comfort their new babies. Since then June has provided consultations to new mothers with resounding results.
Denver, COTrained Independent Consultants
Rebecca McHugh, RN, BSN
Passionate about creating a solid foundation for raising healthy children, Rebecca McHugh at GrowKiddo equips Denver metro parents in the Moms on Call philosophy.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mercer University (Atlanta, GA), and has 9+ years of experience in the nursing field—including night nursing, postpartum, emergency pediatric and hospice care. Rebecca feels she is called to make a difference in the lives of parents as they journey through the baby and toddler years. She loves building relationships with families and being able to bring proven solutions and support to families as they journey through some of the most challenging times of parenthood. Rebecca resides in Denver with her 3 children and their sweet and protective pup, Grizzly.
Orlando, FloridaTrained Independent Consultants
Katie Beth Watters, BSN
Tampa, FLTrained Independent Consultants
Bridget Brown, BSN
Bridget holds a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma as well as a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. She is currently working on her Masters in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track at University of South Alabama. Bridget has experience in the Emergency Department working in Level 1 Trauma Centers seeing patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. So don’t worry, she can stay very calm under pressure!
As a wife and mother juggling work, school, and traveling with her family, Bridget can relate to all the crazy schedules and tasks that come upon us. She understands the challenges parents face every day and firmly believes and utilizes the Moms On Call philosophy with her growing family.
Bridget lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Corey, daughter Miller, and their 98lb lap dog named Marley.
Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C.Trained Independent Consultants
Kristin K. Baker, RN, BSN
Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. Area
Kristin is a Registered Nurse with almost 20 years of experience. She has worked predominately in the Neonatal ICU, but also has experience in healthcare recruiting, medical device training and support, as well as working as a nanny on the PGA tour. Kristin is the oldest of 3 children and has always loved babies. She grew up babysitting her younger brother and sister and almost all of the neighborhood kids. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a Nurse and work in pediatrics or neonatology. Kristin graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and moved back to Atlanta. She was fortunate to start her nursing career in the NICU at Northside Hospital (Atlanta), where over 17,000 babies are born annually. That’s a lot of diaper changing! Kristin was introduced to Moms On Call after her best friend had a consult 10 years ago. Without hesitation, she called Laura and Jennifer to learn more about becoming a part of their incredible organization, and so the journey began. After getting married and having children of her own, Kristin recognized firsthand the demands that new parents are under. While parenthood is an incredibly wonderful, special and exciting time, it can also be exhausting and sometimes stressful. Babies do not come with a manual. There is so much to learn, and those first few months can be overwhelming. Kristin has thoroughly enjoyed her time with Moms On Call, meeting, educating and supporting parents as they transition to their new role. In addition to doing the consults, Kristin is also the President and Founder of Nurse and Nurture, the premier newborn night nursing provider in the South.
Madison, MSTrained Independent Consultants
Shelley Presley, BSN, RN
Shelley began her journey with children babysitting from a very early age, going on to work with children in day care while in high school, and then helping raise her sisters while working her way through college. Her love of children has always been in the forefront of everything she does. Shelley prides herself, not in just being a “Jill of all Trades,” but rather, a “Master of Many.” Shelley is the mother of two amazing and active children and is most proud of the love that abounds in her home between this brother and sister duo. With the support of her husband, Joseph, Shelley credits her ability to calmly navigate the “surprises” that arise in an active household to her years working as a Trauma Nurse in the only Level One Trauma Unit in the state of Mississippi. This and her time spent as an Orthopedic Nurse, prepared her for triaging tiny warriors, calming their fears, and keeping loved ones informed and educated. Shelley’s love of Christ and family, combined with a no-nonsense approach to the care and love of those who are searching and in need of support/guidance in parenting, make her a perfect choice when in need.
Raleigh, NCTrained Independent Consultants
Liz Mage, RN
Liz is a wife, mother, and a registered nurse who works in the Intensive Care Unit at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was introduced to Moms on Call while pregnant with her first child, when a good friend living in Atlanta had an in-home consult with life-changing results. After using this method, Liz felt called to share the technique with other moms, so she received training and started her business, Eat Play Snooze. Liz loves working with infants and their parents, and there is nothing more rewarding to her than hearing from a happy parent when everything falls into place. She is honored and excited to work with families in the Triangle area.
Columbus, OHTrained Independent Consultants
Megan Contes, RN
Megan is a registered nurse with experience in home health and NICU as well as a firm believer in the Moms on Call Method. Megan knows what it is like to have worries and a multitude of emotions that come with caring for a newborn. The Moms on Call method was the answer to many of her worries. Because of the success it provided for her family, she decided to embark on this journey and provide many other families with the same help and guidance. Megan has always had a passion for babies and enjoys providing families the knowledge and tools they need to raise their baby in a happy and healthy environment.
Megan lives in Columbus, Ohio and is married to Michael. They have a one year old daughter, Maelin Rose, who was sleeping through the night at 10 weeks old thanks to Moms on Call! Megan looks forward to partnering with you and your wee ones so that everyone is well-rested, healthy, and happy!
Tulsa, OKTrained Independent Consultants
Merlyn Sweet, RN
Merlyn has over 40 years of nursing experience and can still recall her first day as a student nurse at Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma where she fell in love with Pediatric Nursing. She worked there for over 19 years. Five of these years were in the NICU and another five were in Children’s Emergency Room. It was during her experience at Children’s Hospital when she began to answer Nurse Calls that she realized Birthing Classes and Discharge Planning could not provide all the information and support needed parents needed to care for their children. As she was raising her own two wonderful daughters she found herself being questioned over and over by her patient’s parents on how to cope with the everyday details of taking care of a child. Her youngest daughter introduced Merlyn to the Moms On Call book and said, “Mom you could have written this book.” It was really not until her precious grandson was born that she knew it was time to become a trained Moms On Call Consultant. When Merlyn founded the Caring Nurses Association she knew she had to have a “Sweet Babies” department which utilizes the Moms On Call philosophy, methods, and techniques to provide support for parents. She provides these services in the greater Tulsa & Oklahoma City areas.
Charleston, SCTrained Independent Consultants
Liz Price, RN
Liz is blessed to have the two greatest jobs in the world: first, being a mom to the two most loving and incredible little boys, and second, working as a registered nurse for over 10 years in both high risk and newborn nurseries where she is able to take part in the delivery of the most precious gifts of all – babies.
With every delivery she attends she is reminded of the immediate love you develop for your baby and that there are no words to describe the intensity of this love. At the same time, she remembers her own personal experience bringing home a new baby. The sleepless nights and the anxious calls to the pediatrician in the weeks to follow at home with each one of her babies, both having reflux.
Through her journey as both a nurse and a mother, Liz found a great need for experienced in-home nighttime care for newborns throughout the Charleston area. In 2013 Liz started Nurse at Night, Charleston’s one and only newborn nighttime care provider. After starting the business she began to receive multiple requests for assistance with establishing a healthy sleep routine for infants. She then reached out to Moms on Call for direction. Since becoming a Moms on Call consultant, she has helped many families in Charleston by giving them the confidence and empowering them with the knowledge of proper infant care to assist them in raising a healthy and happy baby.
Knoxville, TNTrained Independent Consultants
Amy Christine Ross
Amy became a certified Moms on Call Consultant to partner with parents, empowering them find the best schedules and systems to help their families thrive. With over 13 years of pediatric nursing experience in the areas of cardiology, oncology, and primary care, Amy has a wide range of knowledge and experience to share with her clients. In addition to being a pediatric nurse, she has three daughters of her own – all of whom have been raised since day one using the Moms On Call methods and techniques. In her own words, “Two of my favorite aspects in my profession as a nurse are babies and educating families. Becoming a consultant with Moms on Call allows me to combine and share those two passions with my clients.”
Nashville, TNTrained Independent Consultants
Christie Barteau, RN, BSN
In May of 2005, Christie graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Nursing. Since graduation, Christie has been a NICU nurse caring for infants in the most critical situations. During her career as a nurse, Christie most enjoyed educating parents to ensure proper infant care after her patients were discharged. Christie believes that education at discharge is critical to the ongoing health and wellness of any child. In addition to her nursing career, Christie is a mother of two, Owen and Emerson. Being a parent herself gives Christie’s consultations real life parenting knowledge and been-there-done-that experience. Christie is excited use her business, The Baby Pro, to educate parents and care for their newborns. The Baby Pro utilizes the Moms On Call methods, including the swaddle blanket, sleep training and daily schedules.
Dallas/Fort Worth & Houston, TXTrained Independent Consultants
Melissa O'Neill, RNC-NIC, BSN
Dallas Fort Worth Area
As a Registered Nurse specializing in NICU and Labor & Delivery for over twelve years, four plus years as an infant care and sleep specialist, along with being the mother of two girls, Melissa is a remarkable source of information for new parents. She is a dedicated professional who teaches the best possible baby care and will share extensive knowledge with her clients. After her first daughter was born, she became increasingly interested in children’s sleep studies and wanted to pursue a different avenue in nursing. Melissa found a need for quality in-home newborn nursing care and education for new mothers in the DFW area. She founded Newborn Nightingales, LLC in 2012 and wanted to offer the proven Moms On Call method to her clients, thus becoming an esteemed Moms’ On Call certified consultant. Melissa prides herself in helping parents establish a nurturing, caring, and calm environment, as well as empowering parents with the knowledge and information they need for parenthood.
Kathleen Roche, RN
Kathleen is a registered nurse with fifteen years of pediatric nursing experience. She is also a wife and mother of four children, including a set of twins. After the arrival of twins and a move to Houston, far from family and friends, Kathleen and her husband found the Moms on Call method to be life-changing. Kathleen has always had a passion for the education aspect of nursing and wanted to help Houston families navigate the exciting – yet challenging – world of parenthood. She was thrilled to train as a Moms on Call independent consultant, and through her business, Confident Parenting, she is giving parents the confidence they need to enjoy these early childhood years. Please contact us to learn more about how to reach Kathleen.