Jenna Erickson, left, and Jess Dressen own and operate The Nurturey parenting studio in downtown Marshall. Parents and their children visited The Nurturey during their recent grand opening. Jess Dressen, left, assists recent mother Marissa Witterock and her daughter, Ellawyn.

Fulfilling a need for parenting journeys

The Nurturey offers birthing support and education not found anywhere in region

As nurses, Jenna Erickson and Jess Dressen understood the need in this region for a parenting studio that could help educate and support parenting journeys, they decided to deliver "The Nurturey" in Marshall.
On Oct. 23, The Nurturey was bustling with activity during its grand opening.
"I wanted to come here to get some ideas on how to put a little weight on Ellawyn," said Marissa Wittrock, referring to her 11-week-old daughter. "This is such a nice place and they have everything a mother needs."
The Nurturey eventually came to fruition after Dressen was in search of a breastfeeding support group in the area.
"I reached out to a gal who had asked if I would want to start a breastfeeding support group since there isn't one around," said Dressen, whose husband, Jordan. is the City Hall Bar & Grill manager in Minneota.
"I met Jenna through a mutual acquaintance and we eventually decided to run the group, called Lactation Lounge, together."
Both Erickson, an RN, is a labor and delivery nurse at Avera Marshall. Dressen, an LPN, previously worked at Sanford Canby in the long-term care facility.
Erickson is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), while Dressen is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
"I am currently mentoring under Jenna to get my contact hours to become an IBCLC," said Dressen, the mother of one son. "There is much more education and hands-on learning that goes into becoming an IBCL than the CLC."
Concerned for little support for parents post-partum, The Nurturey was born in the business district in Marshall.
"Jenna came up with the name," said Dressen. "We wanted it to be something all-encompassing and have it a community for parents. There is nothing like this in the entire southwest Minnesota area."Basically, The Nurturey is a place for education and support for a parenting journey. It includes areas such as prenatal education, lactation support, and Doula services. There is also a retail store for purchasing supplies pertaining to birthing and parenting that are hard to find in the area.
"Parenting is hard, and when there isn't a good place to go for support and resources, it makes it harder," Dressen said. "We want to be a place where people can come to and we will help in any way we can."
The Lactation Lounge support included individual consultations for breastfeeding, chest-feeding, pumping, and bottle-feeding challenges on site or at home.
Doula services is physical and emotional support and advocacy during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Also available is the Tree of Life Midwifery operated by Eileen Carlson, a certified professional licensed midwife, since 2015.
The upstairs business on West Main Street has two offices, a classroom, meeting room, and retail store.
The Nurturey also offers a variety of classes and workshops. Check out their website at for more information.

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