About Us

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We are committed to providing evidence based education and support, centralizing resources and building community in an inclusive, judgment free environment for existing families, expecting parents, and birth professionals.


 

 

Faces of The Nest

 

 


 

 

 

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Jenica Willis

Owner & Founder

 

Hi there! My name is Jenica and I am the owner and founder of The Nest & Company. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I am currently in midwifery school working towards obtaining my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) licensure. I am a licensed vocational nurse, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor. I wear many hats at The Nest. You may see me doing everything from teaching, speaking, to cleaning.

I come from a very blended family and have 7 sisters and 2 brothers. I grew up in Reno, NV and I moved to Bakersfield, CA during my junior year of high school. I graduated from Liberty High in 2007.

I'm married to the best man I know, I have the amazing privilege of being a bonus mom to my two teenage children, and I get to cuddle with my three fur babies daily. So you can say life is pretty good. :)

I feel extremely fortunate that I get to serve my community in this capacity. I absolutely love what I do. 

 


 

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Kati Smith

Lactation Counselor

 

My journey towards Lactation work started with my own breastfeeding experiences. I had my first child Mason in 2013, breastfeeding was difficult from the start. When my second son Jacob was born in 2016 I was met again with many breastfeeding challenges as well as postpartum depression. Without the help of an IBCLC, the love and support of Baby Café and my family I would have not continued to breastfeed. These experiences sparked my interest in the world of Lactation Consulting! 

Through those struggles, tears, pain and depression grew a healing passion and love to help others in my same situation. Parents need support and evidence based information so they can then decide what is best for their children. I want to help families feel supported and heard.                   

     I was born and raised in Bakersfield CA, attending local elementary, high-school and then eventually college at BC. I married my husband in 2006 and we moved to Sacramento so he could attend law school. That is where I attended Paul Mitchell The School and obtained my Cosmetology License. I worked in a Salon and taught at Paul Mitchell The School until my husband finished school and we decided to move back to Bakersfield to be closer to family.

     Currently I am a Lactation Counselor aspiring to be an IBCLC. I plan to sit for the IBCLC Exam in 2020. I volunteer at Baby Café and work with The Nest and Company to provide Lactation Support, while taking classes, studying, wrangling children, managing a household with a very loving and supportive husband and extended family. It is with their love and support I am able to help others and achieve my goals. 


 

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Allie Baker

Childbirth Educator & Doula

 

Hi, my name's Allie Baker and I am Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Dona Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. I found my passion for helping families grow in 2017 after working in the medical field as an EMT and CNA. I am currently a board member for Bakersfield Birth Network and I volunteer helping moms at Baby Cafe. In my spare time I enjoy going on adventures with my husband and my daughter.


 

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Christine Staricka

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant & Childbirth Educator

 

Hello, I am Christine and I am a Registered, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Childbirth Educator. I worked as a hospital-based IBCLC for 10  years and have 18 years experience in providing breastfeeding support and clinical lactation care. I am the Facilitator/Director of Baby Cafe Bakersfield and I provide clinical care to families in that setting. I also teach professional lactation education courses to aspiring and current lactation care providers.

I developed The First 100 Hours concept, a lactation assessment strategy designed to help lactation care providers organize their assessments and consultations in the simplest way.

I currently serve as the President of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. I have been married for 25 years and I have 3 incredible daughters.   


 

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Janelle Goh

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been formally working in the mental health field for the past 10 years. In my 20’s I spent 3 years overseas attending the University of Durham, England. I studied and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology./Social Policy. I found Britain’s social welfare system fascinating and it was there that I began to understand the struggles of generational poverty. Being an American in British culture, helped me realize that even though we speak the same language, there is a lot “lost in translation.” I learned a lot about myself and the opportunity to travel around Europe was such a fantastic experience.

After raising my children, I became involved with a non-profit who helped promote the high school graduation rate of Aging-Out Foster Youth. I worked with their social workers, learning about all the barriers they faced to find support with college applications, tutoring and basic needs. I decided to apply to graduate school and chose a Master in Social Work (MSW) at California State University Bakersfield. I put my whole heart into learning everything I could. I took extra classes, wrote a thesis on the very subject that got me interested in this field: High School Graduation of Foster Youth. I also was a part of a select group that researched and wrote a grant for special funding for public mental health (Proposition 63 ). It is still very exciting to see those programs we developed in place today.

I was drawn to social work degree because of the breadth of knowledge that it gave me. I have been trained to understand systems and how cultures, generations and ideologies influence how we see the world. I have worked in a broad base of fields. I started off working for Child Protection, investigating and conducting Forensic Interviews for children who had been sexually abused. I helped develop a 12 week Substance Abuse Treatment program called “Celebrating Families” where we treated the whole family at the same time.


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Vivian Bishop

Content Creator

My name is Vivian & I am a wife and mama to a one year old baby boy. I was born in California but lived in and graduated from high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. My family and I moved back to town to be closer to family and have been here ever since! I love writing and creating content for social media/Pinterest, which is why I started blogging years ago! I am currently finishing up my degree in Communications/Early Childhood Education & I absolutely love learning and perusing my degree. I love the work that The Nest & Co is doing for parents in our community and I’m so excited to be apart of it! 


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