Our Care Providers

With over 50 combined years of experience, we have a newborn care specialist that can help you. To interview one of our team members, call 770.597.8330

Rachel Davis

Owner / Baby Nurse

Rachel is our beautiful and very talented Leader. She is the Founder & President of Rachel’s Infant Nursing & Postpartum Care, LLC, established in 2001.

She is an amazing wife & mother of two very active young men and knows first hand about pregnancy, the challenges of childbirth complications and breastfeeding.

When she’s not out baby nursing or training new baby nurse trainees, you will find her working in the RIC home office, teaching a class at church, helping her children with their home work, or partnering with her husband on various projects. Always cheerful, Rachel is kind, patient, loving and a fabulous teacher. A true friend to all, we all adore her, Baby Nurse & New Parents alike!

Marie Gottfried

Midwife / Baby Nurse

Marie (Rachel’s loving mother) worked as a Paramedic for sixteen years, has done midwifery for the past fourteen years and has worked with Rachel’s Infant Care for over 17 years. She specializes in multiple births and special needs babies. She is patient, a great listener, full of good advice and knowledge, loves a challenge, and can’t wait to work with quadruplets again.

Joyce Thomas

Baby Nurse / CNA / Doula

“Because Joyce is a vital resource for our team and an amazing teacher for our new Baby Nurses; she will only be available to families that can accept 2 Baby Nurses.” Rachel Davis

Joyce has 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. She worked in the hospital nursery as a volunteer at the age of 16 and was soon on the payroll. Her experience with babies and children is abundant. She is very talented with teaching new mothers and caring for their little treasures. She is patient, very thorough, clean and tidy, and full of love for others. We are happy to have Joyce as part of our team since 2005.

Joyce trained under Marie Gottfried and Rachel Davis for 3 weeks even though she had already worked as a Baby Nurse on her own and for another agency for 6 years prior to working with Rachel’s Infant Care.

Melinda Foder

Baby Nurse / CNA

Melinda loves to cook, play with her puppies, learn new things, spend time with her grandbabies and bake cakes. Her favorite part of working with our team is teaching new mothers and watching them become confident in their new skills. She has six children and 11 grandchildren. Melinda became part of our team because she missed babies so very much. We are thankful that she is sharing her talent for babies and children with us. She has a sparkle in her eyes every time she is able to share her love and friendship while caring for our clients’ babies. Her one true love is her relationship with Jesus. Melinda has been part of our team since 2006.

Donessa Strickland

Baby Nurse / Nutritionist

 After having three children of her own nearly grown, Donessa had the opportunity to help two families with their newborn babies in her neighborhood. She decided to see if anyone did “in home new baby and mommy care”. She did a Google search and to her surprise found our team. 

Donessa is the newest member of our team. She started her training in 2018 and has completed that training and become a dearly loved caregiver in the Birmingham Alabama area. She loves to serve and help in any way possible. She is tender in her care for each baby and enjoys teaching new mothers the skills they need for once she leaves. Donessa has a deep love of Jesus and that shines from her face through her actions and beautiful smile!

Laura Williams

Baby Nurse / NICU RN

Laura was blessed with a dream, gift, and passion for babies at a very young age. When Laura looks back over her 14 years in the NICU and serving as a missionary nurse she can not remember a time she didn’t want to be a “baby” nurse.  

“I recently moved from California to the Chattanooga TN area. With friends encouragement I decided to try and find my “true” love outside of the confines of the hospital environment. The transition from the hospital setting to families homes, while different, has become the place I truly feel fulfilled as a Nurse.”

Laura is a hands on teacher loving the theory of see one, do one, teach one. She will help you establish a new family routine that suits the individual needs of your family as well as new baby care, postnatal care, and your nutritional needs during recovery and or breastfeeding. 

There is a smile on her face as she makes nutritious meals for the whole family to enjoy, talks about her other passions; essential oils, baby tricks of the trade, or our favorite treats for each new mom: sweet sourdough bread, cinnamon rolls, lactation cookies, smoothies, energy bites, and more. 

We are truly blessed to have Laura as part of our team here at Rachel’s Infant Care. She LOVES her job with infants and their families and that love shows with every meal prepared, bottle washed, schedule written, infant instruction given, and story read to the greatest lil’ miracles God has given us!!


All our Infant Care Providers have:

  • Great references
  • A love for babies and people
  • Good communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Medical experience and minimum of certification – CNA
  • Certification in Infant, Child and Adult CPR 
  • Passed our pre-employment background check
  • A learning attitude
  • Willingness to keep their infant education current
  • A dependable car with current insurance

Before acceptance, all our Caregivers must fill out our character reference application, pass the background check, read the required material, and complete their on site training. We continue to train our caregivers as we believe staying current on infant and postpartum education is essential.

Find Your Infant Care Provider Today!