Meet Our Team
Discover what makes us the right fit to support your family.
We are a team of Night Nurses; Newborn Care Specialists, Postpartum Doulas, Registered Nurses and family-wellness supporters and these are our stories. Thank you for being here!
Nightingales Founder Kristin Smith
Before she founded Nightingale Nurses, Kristin Smith-Pilorge began her career as a professional nanny working with over a dozen children. In 2008, Family Helpers awarded her with the Nanny of The Year Award - and in 2009, life got even more exciting when ABC’s successful TV series America’s Supernanny selected Kristin as one of their final candidates to appear on the show out of thousands of other nominees.
After the birth of her daughter, Kristin learned firsthand how raw and tender the postpartum experience is and how critical it is for new moms to have a reliable support system. It was then she decided to blend her strengths as both nanny and mother to support new parents during birth and the postpartum period.
In 2009, Kristin trained to be a birth & postpartum doula with Warm Welcome Birth Services. She attended 112 births and supported over 200 families and 39 sets of twins with postpartum and overnight newborn care. Her private practice grew quickly which spurred Kristin to launch Nightingale Night Nurses – Boston’s Premier Overnight Newborn Care Agency. Through her company, she’s built a team of experienced Postpartum Doulas, Newborn Care Specialists and RN’s and LPN’s to support new and growing families looking for Overnight Newborn Care, Sleep Training and 24 Hour Care. .
As her team grew, Kristin expanded the service menu to include sleep training, 24/7 care, parent/nanny training, and nanny hiring. Rather than slotting clients into pre-determined packages, Kristin personally crafts individualized care plans on a client to client basis. Each family is then matched with their Nightingale - not solely based on location and availability, but based on a multitude of personal and personality factors. Every member of Nightingale is hand-picked with experience, training and goals that match the company’s mission.
The primary goal of working with The Nightingales isn’t simply to cover nights. It’s to set new moms and dads up for success in their parenting journey, which has only just begun.
Kristin currently resides with her husband Gerard and daughter Juliana in Western, MA. She enjoys her morning coffee (she wouldn’t survive without it), family hikes, movies, card games, long walks on the beach, and, most of all, watching her daughter play softball. She spends her “spare” time thinking up ways to grow her agency to support even more new parents.
Nightingales Executive Assistant / Nanny Placement Coordinator
Karina is a Rhode Island native who has babies in her blood. While she was growing up her Meme, and later her mother, took in foster babies straight from the hospital. Her brother was born when she was 11 and by that time she was hooked on that fresh baby smell. Right out of High School she got herself a job working with infants at a child care center, and hasn't stopped working professionally with babies since.
Karina is formally trained as a Newborn Care Specialist and Lactation Educator. She also holds a degree in Child Development from URI. Throughout her career she has never stopped taking the newest trainings, attending conferences and furthering her education. Her focus is on educating and empowering parents.
In early 2019, Karina brought this lifetime of baby experience to the Nightingales Team. She serves as the Executive Assistant to Kristin and is the Nanny Placement Coordinator. Within this role she is a content creator, parent educator, organizer, marketer, researcher and all around get things done girl. You may run into her on our social media, or receive a return call or email with her on the line.