What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant?
To become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) requires hundreds Clinical Lactation Counseling hours and passing an Internationally Board Certified Examination covering current, evidence-based information and evaluation skills. The requirement of maintaining this License includes documented continuing education or re-examination every 5 yrs. This credential is the highest standard currently available.
Providing guidance for mothers and family members to honor their breastfeeding goals. Strengthening each woman's confidence in her natural mothering abilities. Creating a healing, nurturing environment for all members of the communities I serve.
Advancing maternal and child health by protecting, promoting and supporting optimal nutrition for babies. Offering professional, evidance-based, lactation counseling and education to women at home and in the workplace.
I have been practicing nursing for over fourteen years. I worked in the Med-Surg Oncology unit at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, then in the Cardio-thoracic ICU at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. I was trained as a Labor & Delivery nurse in New York Methodist Hospital before returning to Eugene to practice Pediatrics and Maternal & Child Health. I am currently working as a Labor & Delivery Nurse at Sacred Heart Riverbend and teaching monthly prenatal classes for Pacific Women's Center.
My advanced certifications include: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC), NRP & ACLS. I obtained an Associates of Science in Nursing in 2000 and a Bachelors of Science in Maternal & Child Health: Specializing in Lactation Consulting in 2010 from The Union Institute and University in conjunction with Healthy Children and the Center for Breastfeeding. As a working mother of four children, ranging in age from 9 to 16, I have a broad range of both personal and professional experiences in the hospital, birth center and home birthing communities.