St. Lawrence University
Bachelor of Arts, Speech & Theatre, 2002
Master of Business Administration, Marketing, 2004
Certified Post-Partum Doula (in progress)
Certified Lactation Counselor (in progress)
The transition into motherhood can be a bumpy road. I experienced it myself when I struggled to adjust after each of my two children were born. Many women, myself included, feel they need to "do it all," when the reality is many of us live far from family or the support networks women of previous generations have benefited from. I was living in London, U.K. when my daughter was born. I struggled with breastfeeding, and my daughter was suffering from jaundice. Far away from home and family, I enlisted the help of a wonderful woman named Alison. She helped us every step of the way in those first few weeks, setting me up with a breast pump, and referring me to a lactation consultant when our problems went beyond her scope. Within a few weeks, we were on track. Without her help, the outcome could have been very different.
Mothers need to create their own village, to find their tribe. You do not have to "do it all," nor should you. I want you to feel empowered as a mother. It takes time to get to know your baby and find your rhythm.
Since becoming a mother myself, and after seeing many of my friends and family struggling in those first weeks and months after giving birth, I was inspired to take the leap and start the certification process as both a doula and lactation counselor. The more I learn about the entire process of birth, recovery and breastfeeding, the more passionate I become about helping other mothers. There is so much conflicting information out there. It is a huge benefit to have someone guiding you, seperating fact from opinion, and finding what makes sense for you.