I actually still work approximately the same hours, but we're able to serve more women, so energetically the shift has been much bigger than time-wise. When you're trying to save and change the world, it helps to have friends with you so you don't feel the weight of that on your own! My general schedule looks like this: I do BIRTHFIT classes on Mondays and Fridays (with occasional weekend classes), and then spend my afternoons on most days working on BIRTHFIT HQ things. I see patients Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Once a week, I have a staff meeting with my practice and once a month we have a BIRTHFIT NC crew meeting.
2. How has overall business been since moving to your current location?
In a word: incredible. The new space is actually not quite as conveniently located as my previous office space, but the functionality of it has allowed for so much more expansion: more BIRTHFIT NC classes, massage therapy, and infrared sauna have all been added since moving in to the new location; I've also been able to hire three more women (including Dr. Mackenzie Smith, who is an associate in the office now, which has made a huge shift in the past 13 months that she's been around).
3. How is your family doing? Any recent changes to your family life?
They're good! The boys are really hilarious and for the most part enjoy each other's company, which makes things fun for my husband and me. Their similarities and differences are so interesting: in some ways they look and sound and act so similar; in others, they're polar opposites. Parenting them is a beautiful challenge. I struggle with being able to get things done while simultaneously giving them the love and presence that they want/need/deserve from me. I think that's something that all moms deal with: it can seem like we're expected to work like we don't have kids and parent like we don't have careers or personal aspirations. I'm grateful to work with a company of supportive women and to run my own family-friendly practice and business so that women are able to choose both family and career with support.
4. Any advice for entrepreneurs or mompreneurs?
Concisely: trust the process, be clear about your boundaries, use specific goals and objectives, and find people to support you in where you need help (I'm talking family/friends, but also people to help fill in your gaps - for me that means an accountant, website help, lawyer, office staff, etc.).
5. How have you changed since becoming a business owner?
I’m hardly the same person who started my practice in 2012. The changes can probably be summed up in that I’ve become more courageous, but it’s not like I just attained more courage - I got into a lot of situations that required me to step into my courage and that brought more of the same to light. That really sounds like a cyclical answer, but a lot of the things I choose to do within my business now, I was not quite ready to do when I started; and I think if I had been ready to do those things, my business would be completely different. I guess it goes back to trusting the process. Who I was when I started my business was who I needed to be when I started. Who I am now is equivalent to who I need to be now. I trust that in five or ten years, I’ll be who needs to be in that role. In a more tangible sense, I am a freer person because I have more concrete boundaries (a lot of which I’ve had to put in place because of being a mother).
6. What is your top priority as a professional?
This is a great question. My top priority is ensuring that I show up; not just physically, but that I’m mentally present. Whether I’m in a large or small group setting or one-on-one with a patient, my priority is being FULLY there and ensuring that I am giving my best to whomever it is that I’m there to serve. I’m on a mission to change the way the world views birth, but that happens by connecting directly with people.
7. Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
I see myself supporting my family and the women in my community. This is obviously similar to what I’m doing now, but I see it within a larger setting; BIRTHFIT NC is expanding rapidly and I’ve got my eye on the neighboring business to possibly expand into that area if they’re interested in using less space . I also see myself working more collaboratively with other providers. Currently within my practice, there are two chiropractors (both BIRTHFIT Professionals), a massage therapist, an herbalist, a doula, and several BIRTHFIT Coaches. We refer out and stay in contact with other providers while collaborating on patient care, but I’d love to have a pelvic health PT, acupuncture, and possibly counseling within the same location to increase the ease of accessibility of these services to our patients.
Dr. Mumma is a Regional Director of BIRTHFIT, and teaches prenatal and postpartum fitness and education courses through BIRTHFIT NC. She is a Webster Certified chiropractor. She’s a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the North Carolina Chiropractic Association, Primal Docs, and Shop Local Raleigh. She was named one of the Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals and was named a Top Raleigh Chiropractor by Opencare. She was named the Best Chiropractor by the Downtowner Magazine. She was also awarded the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award from the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition. Dr. Mumma has her own practice in Raleigh, NC, called Triangle Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center. She and her husband Chris are proud parents of two wonderful sons. Dr. Mumma and her husband enjoy working out and exploring the outdoors together as a family.