Emily Newberg, Professional Doula
Emily Newberg, founder of Baby Bean, is an expert on all things baby. Baby Bean represents a lifelong passion for babies and showcases her vast knowledge of pregnancy and birth and her 20+ years caring for newborns and their families.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Emily has deep ties to the community and has created a rich and comprehensive network of resources for her clients. Emily is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an M.S.Ed. in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College. She is a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula. Emily has had additional training in Spinning Babies, acupressure in labor, breastfeeding support, and planning for baby.
My Winding Road to Professional Doula Work
My passion for pregnancy, birth, and newborns began at the ripe old age of 5, when I decided that I wanted to be a pediatrician. A few years later I narrowed it down to “pediatrician specializing in infants” and, after convincing my own pediatrician to let me join her on rounds at Brigham & Women’s Hospital at age 8, learned that neonatologist was the more accurate term. Over the years, I got my baby fix through nonstop babysitting, volunteering on the mother & baby unit at Newton Wellesley Hospital through middle school, and cuddling babies in the NICU at what is now Tufts Medical Center throughout high school and college. After experiencing life in the NICU, I realized that the neonatologists I so admired actually had very little contact with the babies and their families outside of the clinical aspects of the job (crucial, of course, yet not the deep and meaningful connections to families I was expecting). And so, having never considered any other path, I had a momentary mid-college career crisis.
This crisis took me from the maternity ward of a very small government-run hospital in rural Ghana to the Perinatal & Reproductive Psychiatry Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of only a handful of centers devoted entirely to women’s mental health. After much consideration, I ultimately followed my love of children to New York, where I obtained a graduate degree in early childhood and elementary education. I then returned home to the Boston area and spent 5 wonderful years teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Shady Hill School in Cambridge.
The Path to Doula Care
My life changed in the spring of 2015, when one of my dearest friends was expecting her first baby. Supporting her through pregnancy and helping her adjust to life with a newborn felt so natural and fueled my passion. When she and her mother gently suggested that this was my calling and that I should consider pursuing it as a career, I remember saying it was simply something I loved doing and that I couldn’t possibly make a career out of it. Thankfully, it turns out I was wrong! A few months later, I completed my training with DONA International as both a birth and postpartum doula and Baby Bean was born.
I took the plunge in June of 2016, left teaching to pursue my doula work and haven’t looked back. It seems pretty clear now that this was my destination all along…I absolutely love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else!