Lactation Consulting Experience
- Registered Nurse (RN) in both California and Washington State
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW)
- Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Experience working in crisis intervention
- Experience working with postpartum mood disorders
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified
I have over 25 years lactation consulting experience working as a Registered Nurse in women’s health care, pediatrics, and as a practicing Lactation Consultant in hospitals and clinics in the Seattle area, including starting a lactation consultation department at a major hospital. I’ve moved back to Oakland to be closer to family and I’m thrilled! I’m excited to take my experience working with moms and babies to the East Bay!
Every mother/baby pair is different. When working with my clients, I like to use empirical evidence, my over 25 years of anecdotal evidence, and common sense. This is part of what makes my job so much fun! My clients with whom I work want to be the best parent they can be. I can help you feel confident to feed your baby in the way you choose. Having my own private practice allows me to spend as much time as I need to help you make your goals a reality.
I’ve facilitated an emotional support group for new moms and look forward to starting that in the East Bay. (Check out my calendar page for details.) I’ve volunteered as a speaker for a community based new parents organization, talking about feeding, sleep, and other new parent issues. In addition, I’ve volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate, being a voice for kids who have been removed from their home. I’ve also taught a medically and developmentally based class for doulas on “The Normal Newborn.”
It’s an honor to be the only Lactation Consultant on the provider list for Postpartum Support International, and they sponsored the support group that I facilitated. In 2016, I gave a presentation at Children’s Hospital in Seattle called: “The Connection Between Breastfeeding Difficulties and Postpartum Mood Disorders.”
As you can see, I’m passionate about supporting new families during this beautiful and sometimes difficult time.
In my spare time I enjoy running, going to the gym, traveling, eating at nice restaurants, and having conversations with friends and my grown children.