“After I had my daughter, I didn’t really have a community right away,” Nguyen said. “When I finally met some other moms in a music class, [parenting] became a totally different experience—night and day, because I had so much more support, it was fun, and we would do things together.”
Nguyen believed she could ease that transition for other moms, so she and her husband, Fred, opened their first mom-and-baby wellness center, Modern Milk, in Scottsdale in 2015. A Gilbert location followed in 2018. The spaces offer a variety of services: fitness, education, lactation consultations, mom groups and a boutique.
“[New motherhood] is a special time, and you don’t want to sit at home and take every class and order everything online,” Nguyen said. “It’s fun to go to a birthing class with your partner and be around other moms.”
In its boutique, Modern Milk primarily sells products curated from other small businesses. There are crocheted baby rattles, Arizona-themed onesies and amber teething necklaces as well as apparel, mugs and water bottles from in-house brand Namomste, a play on the Hindu word “namaste.”
“It’s, ‘The mom within me acknowledges the mom within you,’” she said. “That’s how I envision Namomste.”
That philosophy—moms supporting moms—is represented in Modern Milk’s Happy Mom School groups, which feature weekly speakers, including pediatricians, physical therapists, dentists, photographers and brain researchers.
“I worked really hard perfecting [these groups], to get them to the point where moms are forming bonds, but also learning something new each week,” she said. “I love hearing all the stories, you know, the groups that are like, ‘We all went on a moms’ vacation!’ or, ‘I moved here from out of state, I knew nobody, and now I have a great group of friends.’”