I have been a Registered Nurse in Labour and Delivery since 2010. I absolutely love providing care for moms and babies!
Labour and Delivery is an incredible area of nursing and has allowed me to see first-hand the pressures and expectations that individuals face when the topics of birth and breastfeeding arise.
The vast amount of false information, judgmental attitudes and online negativity surrounding infant feeding inspired me to achieve my designation as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019.
I use my training, experience. and expertise to bring the best, non-judgmental, and empowering prenatal education and infant feeding support to my clients!
Societal norms have contributed to the enormous pressures placed on parents. Strong support systems contribute to confidence and empowerment in labour, childbirth, and the postpartum phase. I want to provide new parents with factual information and skills that incorporate the realities of modern life, while also providing compassion, encouragement, and support.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, where I currently live with my husband, Cory, and my too-cool, Tik-Tok-obsessed, teenage step-daughter (any and all teenager-raising advice is welcome!).
Yep, you read that right, I’m a stepmom. I don’t have any biological children, I haven’t given birth. And I have not breastfed. I have definitely wondered if I would even make the choice to breastfeed, if I ever found myself in the position to make that choice (so grateful to have choices!). You will never find judgment from me, no matter what choice you make!
I have found in my decade-long career that no 2 birth or postpartum experiences are the same. While personal, first-hand experience may be an asset in some cases, and if that is important to you, then I may not be the IBCLC for you. I find that I am able to maintain an open mind, and to not let my personal experiences get in the way of supporting you. This journey is about YOU, after all.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with our 1 year-old, anxiety-ridden puppy, Bailey, wasting time on TikTok, and listening to true crime podcasts (yes, I’m a proud Basic B all the way!)
Alberta Blue Cross Provider
I believe that prenatal education and infant feeding support should be universally funded….until that happens, check your coverage with your insurance provider! Sometimes reimbursement for at-home Registered Nurse services are granted!
Note: Some insurance companies require you to submit a doctor’s prescription for ‘lactation support’
Why Choose An IBCLC?
The Importance of Certification
When you search for a lactation educator or support worker, you will notice there are a variety of titles and accreditations. IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is the gold-standard accreditation for lactation professionals and requires the completion of a rigorous training program, thousands of hours in clinical lactation education experience, and successful achievement of a challenging, global exam proctored by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
Some people think that lactation consultants judge, preach “breast is best” mantras, and place unnecessary pressures and shame on mothers. While I would love for everyone to successfully and exclusively breastfeed, I also have an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the physical, psychological and sociological influences that impact breastfeeding, and I work to help parents discover solutions that work best for them, their babies, and their lives.
Scope of Practice
The IBCLC scope of practice is broad and includes in-depth knowledge of infant development and oral anatomy, nutritional requirements and human milk composition, growth patterns, neurological challenges, muscle tone, and reflexes. IBCLCs also provide maternal assessments of anatomy, taking into account breast changes during pregnancy, impacts of breast previous surgery, and the hormonal impact on lactation. We also have in-depth knowledge of increasing (or decreasing) milk supply, choosing the right tools to help with nursing, assessing for allergies or infections, and assessing maternal nutritional status. IBCLCs have the knowledge, training, and participate in ongoing education in order to understand the complex physical systems and interactions that can lead to breastfeeding and lactation challenges.
Now Is The Right Time
You don’t need to wait until your baby is born, or until you are having challenges to contact an IBCLC. I offer online prenatal classes to provide you with the most comprehensive and realistic expectations, and help to arm you with knowledge and skills to use when baby arrives. Check out the ‘Online Courses’ section of this website for more details!