On October 9, 2010 after months of medical procedures, our founder, Dr. Brandynicole Brooks, was informed she was pregnant with a due date of June 19, 2011. Unfortunately, just 19 days later Dr. Brooks experienced the loss of her pregnancy. As part of her healing journey, Dr. Brooks named her angel baby Junebug and dedicated time and space to honoring Junebug's memory every year on October 15th (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day) and October 28th (the day Junebug died).
In her efforts to heal and find support, Dr. Brooks discovered a gap in resources available to Black women who had experienced pregnancy and infant loss. While, support is not about race, the experience of pregnancy and infant loss can be lonely and oftentimes parents and families yearn to feel less alone by seeing others who look like them reaching out for and obtaining support. After much training, preparation, and experiencing her own healing journey, Dr. Brooks volunteered time with various organizations like My Miscarriage Matters, Postpartum Support International, and DONA International. She founded Sleep Sweet Junebug, Inc. in November 2022 to honor the memory of Junebug by taking what she has learned as a full spectrum doula and mental health therapist and applying it to supporting others who are going through this healing journey.
Parents and families in DC and Northern Virginia impacted by pregnancy and infant loss are supported through their healing journey.
To provide low and no cost perinatal mental health and doula services to parents and families who have been impacted by the loss of a pregnancy or infant and to educate perinatal professionals and organizations about such support.