Candice Ward: Sweetest Nectar LLC
I met Candice at our very first A Mom Around Town Birth Services Networking group. She was newer to this running your own business world, just like me, and I so admired the tenacity that she has to figure things out in order to best serve her clients.
Candice is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (that’s a fancy way of saying she has the highest training to help support breastfeeding moms!) as well as a Postpartum Doula. She has 9 years of experience helping nursing moms, but I’d say the best experience she could have is breastfeeding her own 6 kids!
Sweetest Nectar LLC has brought her full circle and has allowed her to serve so many moms throughout the St.Louis area. She has also recently added Renai’s Remedies to her offerings, which is an amazing line of natural skin care.
Here’s the Whole Interview:
What made you want to become a doula?
I started this business to provide support to women during the end of their pregnancy or after delivery. There is a gap in the care of mom and baby that needs to be filled.
What excites you the most about your work?
I love working with women and their families. I’ve been privileged to become the extended family to some amazing folks. I’ve really enjoyed helping them to navigate through parenting and breastfeeding.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is current policies surrounding coverage for postpartum and breastfeeding support. Although, the service is needed, many women lack access.
Tell us about your family.
I am of the mother of six wonderful children and I have been married for 18 years. All of my children were breastfeed a year or longer.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
That’s a hard one! Honesty, I think the ability to heal would be my super power, I consider myself a nurturer who hates to see suffering. This is probably why I chose this profession. In many ways I have an opportunity to “heal” or at least help women with their recovery after birth. I step inside their home with hands full of natural remedies for postpartum recovery, meal prep assistance, snacks, cleaning, and techniques to resolve breastfeeding issues. Even an embrace after a long day can provide some healing to a mother that’s frustrated.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
I would encourage moms to think about their recovery and care plan for after delivery. This area is often overlooked while mom is caring for her baby. Women need time to recover and transition into the re-birth of motherhood. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help and receiving it. We need to change the narrative around what is expected vs the realistic expectations for women after delivering a baby.