The Team

We are proud to have some of the most talented, caring people on our staff, whether they are assisting you in store or teaching you and your partner in one of our wide variety of classes. Our staff is fully licensed and insured.

Polly Thoman, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC); Owner

Polly has been a certified lactation consultant and has over 25 years experience in the lactation field in public and private practice (including WIC).  Polly has owned BSB for over 10 years and she strives to create a friendly, comfortable environment for pregnant moms and their families.  Read more about Polly and her journey that led to Baby’s Sweet Beginnings here.

Karen2Karen Goddard, Retail Assistant & Instructor

Karen is a mother of four and a former La Leche League Leader. You’ll find Karen helping out in the store and also sharing her Babywearing advice. She also teaches the Joy of Parenting class and is a retired birth doula.

Mary Jo Savinsky, Retail Assistant

Mary Jo has been serving clients at BSB for over a year. Her favorite thing about working at BSB is seeing all the expectant moms and how excited they are, and also seeing how thankful the new moms are after receiving our services! My favorite product is the Luna Lullaby Pillow. They are amazingly comfy and have awesome prints!

Jessica Ball, Retail Assistant

Jessica and her family, including a new baby boy, and two dachshunds Ralph and Rosie, love living in the WNY area. She’s been coming to BSB for classes, consults, and shopping for baby products since having her son, and decided she liked it so much that she asked Polly for a job! She is knowledgeable about a lot of different products because she’s tried them all so don’t hesitate to ask her for help!

Penny Striker, Insurance

Penny is the mother of two miracle boys; miracles because at 23 she went through chemotherapy for ovarian cancer and several surgeries that left her with only ¼ ovaries. Her doctors doubted she would ever have children much less be able to breastfeed them. With Polly’s unwavering support and help, the boys were able to nurse until they were almost 3!!!

Now, Penny gives back with over 20 years of medical billing experience helping Polly help other mothers get the full benefit of their insurance for the purchase of pumps and classes.

TaraW_HeadshotTara Withey, Childbirth Educator/Doula

Tara Withey is a certified childbirth educator & birth doula, serving the WNY area since 2010. Together with her husband they have 7 children. In addition to childbirth classes, she also teaches fertility and sibling classes. She is the founder of Birthing by Design, and co-founder of the WNY Doulas. She absolutely loves helping families build confidence around their birth!

Lisa Wyzykowski, Homemade Baby Food Instructor

Lisa is a mother of three who has made nutritious homemade baby food and enjoys sharing her knowledge with other parents who wish to do the same, but don’t know how or where to start! Lisa also does design work and is a photographer.

Gina Graves, Joy of Parenting – Sibling Preparation – Mommy & Me Leader

Gina is a mom to two, and is excited to be leading the Mommy & Me group at BSB. She’s knowledgeable about many of the products at BSB and is happy to answer any questions you may have while she’s there.  When she’s not at BSB, she’s running her business: Organizing Concepts, LLC.

Monique Rembert

Monique is owner of Nurtured Spirit Doula Services a full service doula agency offering Labor and Postpartum doula services and the Bradley Method of Natural childbirth education. She has trained as a labor doula with Stillbirthday, a birth and infant loss training program and as a postpartum doula with DONA international. Seeing a need for professional, unbiased complete support for the new family Monique expanded her practice to include partnerships with social workers with a special interest in perinatal mood disorders. As a trained RN for over 8 years, Monique has built a superior team to serve the needs of all families in Western New York. She is also a Labor and Delivery Nurse at the Oshei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Do you have something interesting to teach to our clients and customers? Give Polly a call and let her know!

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