I am Kaitlin McGreyes, founder of BeHerVillage.com, a baby registry for support, not stuff. I was just selected as one of NPR's How I Built This Fellows out of thousands of businesses that applied. Ask Me Anything!
Hi Reddit! I am Kaitlin McGreyes, mom of 3, doula, and founder of BeHerVillage.com. My business is revolutionizing the baby shower and taking on the $12 billion baby gift industry. We were just selected for the prestigious NPR How I Built This Fellowship and I'll be interviewed by Guy Raz and pitch for the chance to win $50k.
Did you know that we are the only developed country that has a CLIMBING maternal mortality rate? That's right, even though we spend more money on healthcare than any other developed country we are losing more women in childbirth each year and our rates continue to go up. Black women are 4 times more likely to die than white women in the US and 12 times more likely to die than white women in NYC. We have a maternal healthcare crisis in our country.
At the same time, new parents get inundated with a bunch of baby gear and clothes that are completely useless at their baby shower. And then they struggle to figure out how to care for their tiny human when they get home and everyone goes away. We know that community care, doulas, lactation consultants, mental health support, and other services are what improve health outcomes. But most of these services are not covered by insurance and parents don't have the money to pay out of pocket.
So we created BeHerVillage.com. It's a game-changing platform that bridges the gap between the communities of mothers that need support and the professionals that care for them. We help parents find and FUND the support they need to improve their health outcomes.
Also, our gifts are AWESOME. I know I would take someone cooking for me and cleaning my house over a baby bouncer any day of the week.
A little about me: I have given birth all the ways: baby 1 via cesarean, baby 2 VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) without an epidural, and baby 3 in a pool in my living room! I don't have a business background, just a lot of passion, a little anger at my own experience with the maternal healthcare system and its failures, and a lot of energy and drive to make sure that we divert money into the hands of mothers.
Ask me anything about Be Her Village, NPR's How I Built This Fellowship, birth, doula work, giving birth in my living room and how I'm changing the way we celebrate mothers!
And watch our submission video here
Edit: thanks for a great dialogue everyone! I appreciate it all and am grateful for the chance to share this work with you! Happy to continue the conversation in DM or on our other social channels (IG and FB mostly).