I have a belief that mothers are strong. They find their strength at different rates and in different ways. There are times when new mothers feel overwhelmed with information and then question their ability. New moms receive so much information from friends, family, the Internet, and their doctors. While some of it is good advice, some isn’t and when new moms are sleep deprived, it can be a difficult time to tell fact from fiction. What works for one mom and her family may not work for you. I can help you develop and implement a plan that is tailored for you and your life. I’m always amazed and humbled by the resilience of new mothers and am honored to be a part of the process.
What is a Postpartum Care Nurse?
I’m an experienced registered nurse and certified lactation consultant and was a former crisis counselor for many years. I’ve worked with pregnant and postpartum women for over 25 years. I can offer you and your family support with anxiety provoking situations, along with medical knowledge and breastfeeding help. I’m very clear where my professional boundaries lie and will always work with you and your medical team if necessary, to help you have the best experience possible.
How I Support You
Here are just some of the things I can help you with in my role as a Postpartum Care Nurse:
- Work with you to figure out the help you may need from me and other providers
- Discuss any medical issues you or your baby may be experiencing
- Discuss any mental health issues you may be experiencing
- Make your appointments for you
- Find providers who accept your insurance
- Drive you to your appointments
- Attend your and your baby’s medical appointments with you and help you understand the information you were given
- Discuss medication for either you or your baby
- Help you to integrate your baby into your life
- Work closely with your care team
My Story and Professional Experience
As an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Registered Nurse (RN) I’ve worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) helping moms and babies breastfeed, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) helping moms and older babies breastfeed, worked with moms and babies before they leave the hospital, home visits, clinic visits, and phone consultations. As a registered nurse, (RN) I’ve worked as an OB/GYN outpatient clinic nurse, family practice triage nurse, GI nurse, and oncology nurse.
I currently facilitate a PSI (postpartum support international) group and am the only lactation consultant on their referral list. See my interview here. I’ve had a lot of training in postpartum mood disorders (depression and anxiety) and suffered from this myself when each of my two children were born. I had problematic pregnancies and was on bedrest for essentially two entire pregnancies. My first baby had surgery when he was one month and my second baby was premature. So I know first hand how overwhelming the postpartum time can be and how difficult it can be to navigate the medical and mental health systems.
What About a Doula?
If you’ve already hired a postpartum doula, that’s great! While some of our duties may overlap, they are not the same. Doulas can be an integral part of your support system. However, the doula’s scope of practice does not include anything medical such as taking a baby’s temperature, administrating medications to you or your baby, or discussing potential side effects of medications. While they can give lactation support, they are not board certified lactation consultants. I am both a registered nurse and an internationally board certified lactation consultant with an extensive crisis intervention background.
If you’re having breastfeeding difficulties, I can offer you a lactation consultation at my normal lactation consultation fee. If you’d like to have me stay, I can seamlessly switch into my other role as a Postpartum Care Nurse. Or I can come back with a three hour minimum, at $55 an hour. If you’re not breastfeeding, that’s ok. I make no judgments.
I look forward to working with you and your family!