Rosemary Ragusa & Family

The story of how I came to this place in my life is long and winding so grab yourself a cuppa coffee sit back and relax. I was born in Washington DC… No, we probably don’t need to go back that far! I  started out in college as a voice major. I still really love to sing and can be found belting out tunes in karaoke bars around town. But halfway through school I got the photography bug and I simply had to pursue it. With a BA in fine art photography from San Francisco State in my pocket I started my own business as a portrait  photographer in Portland in 2004 specializing in home life portraits of families  & babies.

Quite a few years later my partner and I decided it was time to have a child. Growing up with my natural childbirth & breastfeeding advocate of a mother, I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted everything to go. I did have that baby without the help of drugs and afterwards I felt mighty mighty! But breastfeeding (and the postpartum period in general) proved to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be. After many months of receiving help from lactation consultants we finally got breastfeeding dialed in and enjoyed a very long life as a breastfeeding pair.

With all of the struggles that we endured, I realized something – great lactation consultants can make a huge difference in the lives of their clients. And I wanted to be one of them. So in 2016 I began pursuing the education I needed to become a lactation consultant. And now I am feeling very accomplished -completing my program at Birthingway College and passing the international board exam to become a lactation consultant. Along the way I met the amazing Meg Stalnaker from Natural Latch and her fabulous partner in business Sejal Fichadia. We all hit it off very well when I worked for them as an intern and enjoyed working together so much that I became part of the Natural Latch team in 2017. And it’s quite an honor to work with these women.

I decided it would be fun to support new families in other ways too. So I trained to become a Postpartum Doula and a Childbirth Educator as well. I have finished my certification as a Doula and I am working towards finishing the ICEA certification in Childbirth Education. I also had the absolute pleasure of meeting Merriah Fairchild, owner of Bridgetown Baby, a postpartum doula group. And joined their team as a Postpartum Doula in early 2018.

See, I told you this was long.

I enjoy working with families from all cultures and communities, and have a strong affection for my brothers and sisters in the queer community, trying to raise babies – and doing it well.

I love helping families transition into life with a baby (or babies!!) in the “fourth trimester”. It’s such a wonderful time of magic and struggles and beauty and miracles. And of course it’s quite a joy to photograph these beautiful little sunbeams and their families. I love helping people reach their nursing goals most of all. It’s truly the most engaging and fulfilling work I can imagine.

If you’re in the thick of it right now congratulations! If you need help call me up, I’m here for you!

Best of luck in parenting and more!

-Rosemary

503.313.2427 | rr@rosemaryragusa.com