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Brother's Hug

Our Mission


The Nest is a perinatal collective with the shared goal of supporting families and professionals by providing accessible, inclusive, and compassionate care. We collectively offer evidence-based classes, support groups and a directory of trusted services to empower growing families from fertility through parenthood.

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A Toddler and a Baby

We help families by:

  1. Offering evidence-based classes from pregnancy through parenting. Our instructors are seasoned parents as well as caring, experienced professionals who want nothing more than to help you meet your goals.

  2. Offering ongoing, weekly support groups from pregnancy through the first few years of your child's life. Building a trusted community is essential for healthy, happy parenting.

  3. Providing a directory of trusted, local birthing and parenting professionals. Parents can trust that everyone in our directory is licensed or certified and practices with integrity.

The Nest Family Resource is a 501c3 tax-exempt charity founded in 2013. Show your support for our community resource by  DONATING today. Every bit affords us to continue our ongoing free support groups for new families.

Our Team

We are a collective of perinatal professionals dedicated to providing families with expert, knowledgable, and educational parental support. 

Katie DaMota
Lactation Consultant & Parenting Mentor

Katie is the founder of The Nest Family Resource and the current president of the board of directors. She hosts the Embracing Pregnancy parenting program, co-teaches the Embracing Birth: Virtual class, and offers three postpartum preparation classes. 

Katie is available through private consultation for topics ranging from breastfeeding through toddlerhood. To read her full bio, click here.

Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin
Postpartum Doula & Ayurvedic Practitioner

Ashlee has been with The Nest Family Resource for 10 years and is the Board of Director's Secretary. She currently offers a prenatal yoga & meditation class and Embracing Pregnancy. You can meet Ashlee at many public birth and pregnancy events throughout Nevada County.

Ashlee's full bio is here, but she is available for birth, postpartum, and nutrition consultations.


Shalin Butterworth
Certified Doula (DONA) & Evidence Based Birth Instructor

Shalin has been with The Nest Family Resource for three years and is a current member of the Board of Directors. She offers three different birth class options at The Nest, including: Embracing Birth: In-Person & Virtual and Comfort Skills for an Easier Labor. 

Shalin works in Nevada and Placer Counties and offers doula mentorship classes a couple of times a year. Read her full bio here

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Cristy Solomon
Licensed Midwife & Certified Professional Midwife

Cristy is new to The Nest Family Resource after relocating to Nevada County in the Spring of 2023. She is on the Board of Directors and teaches the Embracing Birth: Express class. 

Cristy provides midwifery services at the California Birth Center in Rocklin.


Kristy Keefe (KK)
Little Village Collaborative

KK is an early childhood educator and offers the Village In Motion caregiver and child music class. This and more toddler classes from KK are in the works for 2024.

KK facilitates and teaches in her Little Village Collaborative for toddlers in Downtown Grass Valley. You can read more about Little Village here.


Tawnee Kendall

Tawnee is a musician and the lead singer of the local band Ginger Molasses. She teaches Music for Littles, which is going into its second year. Class is on Mondays at 4 PM at Sierra Nevada Children's Services (SNCS).

Find out more about Music for Littles here.


David Arrell
Author & Parenting Coach

David is th current Board of Directors Vice President, and has helped teach postpartum and parenting classes for the Nest in the past. Coming this year, David will be releasing a Welcome to Fatherhood video series and a companion Parenting Coaching packages. 

Visit David's website here.

Marissa Mignone
Birth & Postpartum Doula, and Birth Educator

Marissa is a Turckee and Tahoe doula, who has been a long time friend of The Nest. She is developing birth classes her area for the Nest Collabrative, and is joing the Nest's new Lactation Network.

Find out more about her classes here.


Cassie Clements
Head of Marketing & Nest Parent

Cassie started her journey with The Nest as a new parent in 2020. Two years later, after her second child, she joined the team as the Head of Marketing. Also in 2022, Cassie took over the Nest playgroup, forming Hatchlings which is Wednesdays at 9:30 AM.

Find out more about Hatchlings here.


NFRC Board of Directors:

Katie DaMota - President

David Arrell - Vice President

Andrea Eggleton - Treasurer

Ashlee Wilkin - Secretary

Shalin Butterworth

Cristy Solomon
Keri Dahlstrom

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