When inviting someone to care for you and your baby, especially in such an intimate and physical setting, it is important to feel confident that the provider considers your health and safety a top priority. With that in mind, I'm happy to share that I have had my quadrivalent flu , Tdap (includes Whooping Cough) and MMR vaccines. I am also BLS certified (includes Infant, Child and Adult CPR) and am registered with Trustline.
Even before having my own kids, I’d always been the type of person who wants to help others find their way, offering encouragement and support, sprinkled with a little humor. When I became a mother, I experienced both emotional and physical challenges and feelings I previously never knew existed. I believe on some level that I came to this work as catharsis from my own experience, beginning with a desire to educate myself not only about breastfeeding, but parenting in general. As I was growing personally, a good friend found me particularly helpful through her breastfeeding challenges and encouraged me to consider making lactation support my profession, which has now become my passion.
I’m proud of the hard work I put in to acquire the required formal education, clinical skills and certification to become an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and now enjoy staying up-to-date through conference attendance, conferring with trusted colleagues and learning from the families I have the pleasure of working with. While I established my private practice in 2008, my professional background includes several years of providing lactation support for a local hospital helping babies and moms in the first days after birth. In addition to privately seeing clients, I currently teach classes, facilitate support groups and speak at events. I’m honored to receive referrals from a number of pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, doulas, colleagues and happy moms. The range of my practice gives me the opportunity to embrace the diversity amongst a variety of families and to work with not only newborns, but with babies at different stages throughout their first year and beyond.
What I feel really sets me apart, though, is my sincere hope for each family I meet that I offer warm support, gentle encouragement and a true sense of empowerment while providing practical evidence-based tools to guide you in your individual experience. As I learned myself personally and can speak to professionally, new parenthood is an incredible time with ups and downs we don’t fully realize until we are in the middle of it. I love what I do and I believe my work reflects that. I look forward to meeting you and helping with your breastfeeding challenges and beyond.