“I had worked with them throughout my pregnancy, and they were hugely supportive,” said Miller, 31. “And we were talking with friends and family who were also going through pregnancy and (giving) birth and realized that wasn’t the norm. A lot of these (pregnant and postpartum) women and their families are not given adequate levels of support during that whole process.”
Two years and one son later, Miller is trying to change that through her Etsy digital print shop, That Matters Mama.
Miller, a Clifton Park resident who works out of her home, offers digital-print items that currently include birth plan templates, birth affirmation cards, parenthood affirmation cards, birth announcement signs, baby milestone cards, breast milk storage guidelines, and more.
The birth plan template, Miller said, “goes through the options that a woman likely will face when she’s giving birth (such as whether to take an epidural, to stand during labor, to have food and drink available). It’s helpful as a guide to go through with a birth partner, whether it’s a husband or a boyfriend or a girlfriend or whoever it is.”
The motherhood affirmation cards include such phrases as “There is value in the things I do,” “I take time for myself and my needs,” and “I am valuable to my family.”
“All the prints are artworks that I’ve created that can be downloaded by the customer and printed out (at home or) at a print shop,” said Miller, a public health nutritionist for the state Department of Health in Albany who earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition science and dietetics at Syracuse University and a master’s in nutrition communication at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
After learning about digital prints on Etsy, “I thought this may be a good way to help other people out,” said Miller, whose family includes her husband, Stephen, and son, LJ (now a year and a half old).
“I feel passionately about involving birth partners during birth, helping women to feel inspired and empowered during this whole experience, helping them have a say in their birth experience, helping to validate parents’ emotions and struggles during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood, and giving them the resources to help them feel it’s more manageable,” Miller said.