Welcome to our latest feature, community interviews! Where we took the time to meet with practitioners in our community that we love and trust. Finding out more about what makes them tick, and how they serve our Bunky families.
What’s your name? Carley Mendes
Where in the city do you live? East Vancouver
What’s your nearest and dearest heirloom? Oh hmm, I can’t even think of one. I’m terribly unsentimental.
What does your perfect day look like? My kids letting me sleep in while my husband cooks me breakfast. It basically doesn’t matter what happens after that.
How have you found yourself in the pregnancy and postpartum realm? I've always been in absolute awe of pregnancy in general. My mother spoke highly of her own pregnancies and instilled a deep reverence in me from a young age. As a teenager I started to become fascinated with the effect that nutrition has on our health. Around then a close friend became pregnant and had a health worker visit her home to discuss prenatal nutrition. I remember thinking… wow, this woman gets to talk about nutrition and support pregnancy. What a spectacular job. It really stuck with me that this would be the most wonderful and fulfilling thing that I could devote myself to—nourishing mama and baby through pregnancy and postpartum. It’s when nutrition matters most.
What’s your tagline/mantra? One of my favorite quotes is by Jabina Coleman: Everyone wants to hold the baby, but who will hold the mother?
And also anything and everything from Ina May.
Tell me more about your offerings! I’ve created the Oh Baby guides to help parents nutritionally support pregnancy and babies. Googling “what to eat during pregnancy” or “how to start solids” is a painful process. These guides were designed to provide all the information you’d need in one place.
I also founded Oh Baby Academy, which is an online school that offers programs to become a certified nutrition consultant for pregnancy, postpartum, and babies.
Who are your favourite parents and families to serve? I just love my job so much and like working with all families. Helping a family start solids is always fun.
Now for logistics:
What areas of the city do you serve?
Oh Baby is 100% online, so everyone/everywhere!
How does working with you look?
Select one of my nutrition guides and read it wherever you want, whenever you want.
Where can we find you on the web and social media?
A deeper dive with Emma (owner, birth & postpartum Doula) into social media and our posts. What makes the backbone of Bunky Bambino, filled with tips & tricks, reflections on the birth / postpartum world, and knowledge we think is worth sharing with you all.