About Us

Our Story

We are a Cleveland, Ohio based business

Our family moved to Cleveland in 2020 while I was pregnant with my second baby. My husband, Jack, plays right tackle for the Cleveland Browns, and with his inflexible schedule, I felt overwhelmed and anxious about how I’d manage the transition. Did I need a birth doula? Was a postpartum doula or night care going to be most helpful? I wasn’t exactly sure who I needed, but I did feel clear about what support would help my family.

Our mission is to help families during parenthood

I was surprised by how challenging it was to find people I really connected with and trusted. Thankfully, we found Shannon Graber, who trained with DONA as a Birth and Postpartum Doula and an ALPP certified lactation counselor. Shannon guided our family as we welcomed my second and third babies, providing compassionate care in my birth recovery and nurturing our little ones through the ups and downs of the newborn stage. 

Building Fourth Down: Birth & Newborn Care

Now that we have three kids and Cleveland has become our permanent home, I’ve met some incredibly knowledgeable and caring birth and newborn professionals. I’ve also learned a lot about how to build a support system to ease the stress around birth and the fourth trimester. This transition can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. 

That’s why Shannon and I partnered to create Fourth Down, a highly individualized service connecting parents with the best birth, postpartum, and newborn care specialists and doulas in Cleveland. Each family’s needs are different, and Fourth Down will help you build the perfect-for-you care team so you can enjoy birth and beyond.