Hi! I’m Hellem, the founder and content creator of Bellies and Babes. I am the mom of Jude, the cutest little dude around, and the wife of Matthew, the most supportive and loving husband around. With the help of my husband, I have created this platform as a way to help guide parents, provide support, encouragement, and to document the ups and downs of parenthood through mine and my Matthew’s experiences.
I have a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services from Appalachian State University. After graduating, I began working at a local nonprofit. Through my work there, I discovered my love for families, children, and the nonprofit world. I led a support group for Latina moms, began an ESL Class, worked with pregnant and parenting teens, facilitated home visits for moms right after they gave birth to provide support, and provided Triple P classes for parents. Through all of these programs, I gained trainings such as Triple P, Partners for a Healthy Baby, Circle of Parents, and the Be Safe, Be Proud, Be Responsible Curriculum.
Later, I changed to a different career, Foster Care Social Worker. This was such an intense, frustrating, overwhelming, but yet humbling job. It reinforced my love and support for families and children. It also gave me a different perspective to families, children, and trauma. This encouraged me to pursue my Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. Within a year I had completed my certificate. Right on time because I was seven months pregnant!
I quickly became burnt out due to the continuous increase in children in the foster care system and I was too emotionally exhausted. Here I was about to have a baby that was not going to receive all of my attention simply because I was doing too much. It got to a point that I was not able to really enjoy my pregnancy because of my job. So I made the conscious decision to change positions within my agency and I became an adoptions worker. This job was part time and it allowed me to be at home with my son a bit more and move my schedule however I needed it to be.
I gained a lot of knowledge through trainings, school, and my career, but most importantly I gained experience. One thing that I noticed right off was the enormous lack of support this country lends to parents and families of little ones. Everything from prenatal, postnatal, postpartum disorders, and maternity/paternity leave are all essential to the health and wellness of the child and its parents. This is what encouraged me to do this. Even if we’re helping just one mom who is struggling and alone or a dad who is overwhelmed, we are still making a difference in that child’s life.
So, we want to say THANK YOU!
Thank you for all the hard work that you do. For all the sweat and tears that you’ve been through to do your best as a parent. And thank you for stopping by our website! We hope you’ve gained a little knowledge and felt more at ease knowing you’re not in this alone. Please feel free to reach out, leave a comment, or a tip! We’d love to hear your input.