Soon after Natalie Boyle gave birth to twins, she faced a series of severe health challenges including a cancer diagnosis. She quickly discovered that many mothers shared her predicament—needing to seek care for themselves while ensuring their children were cared for, too.
That led Boyle to found Mommies in Need, a nonprofit with a mission of caring for children so their families can access healthcare. Operating out of offices at the Meadows Foundation, the nonprofit runs Annie’s Place, a child care center located near Parkland Hospital. It primarily cares for kids whose mothers or siblings are being cared for at Parkland, but also serves those from nearby Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern.
Annie’s Place also also provides in-home care at theN homes of families in need of the service. Boyle believes her organization may be the only nonprofit of its type in the nation, and aims to get the word out about the need for this type of childcare, so mothers won’t miss preventive and general healthcare appointments. Or even worse, decide they can’t go to the ER when they may really need to.
Now she’s getting that word out with a podcast.
New podcast goes live
Boyle, a resident of Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood, has now launched a podcast to shine light on issues in the childcare, healthcare, and nonprofit spaces. “Culture of Caring with Natalie Boyle” premiered last week with a first episode that covers the history of Mommies in Need and how Boyle transformed her own personal story into pro-social action through her nonprofit. Future topics in the 12-episode first season will cover the organization’s five values: authenticity, compassion, innovention, collaboration, and being extraordinary.
“The world has been an unpredictable and often frightening place these last few years, but our guests are the helpers, the shining lights, the kind voices, and the inspirational leaders who are working to improve their community,” Boyle said in a statement. “Join us as we hear their stories, share a few laughs—and an occasional tear—and leave each episode feeling a little bit lighter.”
Those interested in appearing as a guest on the podcast or becoming a podcast sponsor can reach out to the team at [email protected].
The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts, Boyle says.