I would like Milk Diva to be viewed as a respected source of reliable, warm, non-pretentious, expert perinatal breastfeeding support.
My Vision for Milk Diva
In Pursuit of Passion and Purpose
Hello! My name is Naiomi and I am the owner and founder of Milk Diva Lactation Services. I am also an award-winning Labor & Delivery Nurse, and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I am only one of two practitioners in Austin, TX who has completed the IBCLC Masterclass, which is an international course that focuses on supporting the habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad in overcoming oral dysfunction such as tongue-tie, from a holistic perspective. This means I can help you work through feeding difficulties that are less obvious and sometimes missed.
After having children, I took off a few years from work to focus solely on being a wife and a mother. It was during this time period that I experienced a period of vulnerability like never before. I wish there would have been more accessible education and resources to prepare me for the biggest challenge of my life. I learned about and met many other mothers who were in the same boat as me. This experience gave me the motivation needed to go after my passion and purpose, which led to me pursuing an education in nursing.
I became a Registered Nurse (RNC) with a specialty certification in Obstetrics and an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). I have over 8 years of Perinatal Nursing experience that includes High Risk Antepartum, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum couplet care. I am BLS, ACLS certified (Basic & Advanced Cardiac Life Support ) and NRP certified (Neonatal Resuscitation Program maintained by American Academy of Pediatrics).
My perspective as a Perinatal Nurse has shown me how ill-equipped we prepare our families for breastfeeding. Many people try to ‘wing it,’ only to be overwhelmed by frustration, sadness and self-doubt, then resorting to the high use of formula, which can all be prevented with proper education and support.
I want to work with pregnant women and mothers who see the value in educating and preparing themselves for one of the biggest changes of their lives. I love to work with families who value caring for the whole dyad (mom & baby) instead of just focusing on one specific body part or problem.
Complete, holistic, non-judgemental care is my approach!
Wife & Mother
My process of becoming a mom wasn’t easy. Neither of my children came into this world without complication. It was this experience that fueled my desire to do something more for mothers.
Naiomi was awarded the prestigious Daisy Award not once but twice. She also won the Human Care Award, an annual award that is only given to a handful of employees of the Seton Healthcare System.
MENTOR & VOLUNTEER
Naiomi has served as a volunteer for Austin Smiles, Heart of Texas Pregnancy Resource Center and is currently volunteering with at-risk women at The Source Women's Health Center. She also supports Saruni International and Every Mother Counts. In addition she mentors new Labor and Delivery nurses.