Uncomplicated, Flexible, Evidence Based Care Complimented by 30+ Years of Lactation Experience
With nearly 30 years as a lactation consultant, I’ve learned a few things about new and growing families: they don’t get any sleep, life is chaotic and they don’t have time for complicated, rigid instructions that don’t fit their lifestyle. I will work with you on a plan of care that not only meets the needs of your baby, but also works for your family. I strive to listen to what is important to you and we build our plan from there.
I am a mother of two lovely ladies named Clair and Cait and am also a Grandma and there is nothing I love more than working with families and their babies.
I’ve wanted to be a nurse who worked with moms and babies since I was 8 years old. I was side-tracked in high school when my English teacher opened up the world of writing to me. I worked as a journalist at the Dallas Morning News, and was an editor at United Press International when my first daughter was born. The birth was difficult—an emergency Cesarean —and people in masks and gowns were flying around the room dumping instruments on tables, putting monitors on me, and all the while I was sobbing, scared to death little Claire wouldn’t make it. Suddenly, I felt my labor nurse, Pat, grab my hand and hold on. It was such comfort in the middle of such chaos. After Claire and I recovered, I knew I wanted to be someone’s “Pat” someday. I returned to school and have had a rewarding 35-year career in obstetrical (OB) nursing. I hope I have been more than one new mother’s “Pat.” I’m also proud to be in my 30th year as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. It is exciting and humbling to play a role in helping families bloom. It is my calling.
There were no lactation consultants when I had Claire. The profession was still 5 years away from forming. With Claire in the NICU, no help, and with hospital policies designed to separate moms and babies, Claire and I had a challenging start to breastfeeding—and it only became tougher over the next 5 months. Six years later when Cait came along, Lactation Consulting was in its infancy, and I got the help and support I needed to have the successful breastfeeding experience I’d always wanted.
Growing up in Ohio, I learned to become a die-hard, life-long Cleveland Indians fan. When I was 21, I moved to Texas, stayed 31 years and became a Rangers fan. I returned to Ohio for 15 years, but now I’m back in Texas forever and so happy to be surrounded by Claire and her husband Tracy, their two sons, Strider (6) and Rowan (2), and my youngest daughter Cait. My little dog Nina is happy to be a transplanted Texan as well. She is the best dog in the world. I know we all say that, but she really is! I had her DNA-tested because she’s so amazing. One parent was a Chihuahua, and the other was half Australian Shepherd and half Newfoundland. Think about it. She has the best traits of all three breeds. There will never be another Nina!