It seems like yesterday I was sitting in a college classroom dreaming about the day I would be able to put all of that medical input overload to use. Never in my wildest dreams would I have seen myself here. Many people are curious about what I do. As a breastfeeding consultant, I help prepare families for their journey, before baby comes. Once baby arrives, my real “job” happens. Breastfeeding journeys are beautiful, and hard, and wonderful, and emotional… and every journey is different. Some babies need a little more help figuring things out than others. That’s where I step… Read More

I knew something was wrong with me on the day that I looked at my beaming, bouncing six-month-old daughter and thought, We never should have had her. It was about 2 weeks after September 11, 2001. I was sitting on the couch, staring at a cable news broadcast, something I had been doing non-stop since the World Trade Center had been hit. I hadn’t eaten in days, and I barely slept. I woke several times a night to turn the television on and check the news to see if anything new had happened, as if the continual checking might… Read More

On a late winter evening in the middle of the night, a soon-to-be new mother sits on the bathroom toilet in a suite at the birth center. There is no door to the bathroom, and she has asked that everyone in the birth room sit on the other side, away from her, so that we are not in her field of vision. She has also asked us to turn out all of the lights, and for absolute silence. Periodically, we hear a low, rhythmic moan echo against the tile. It rises as the contraction builds. Read More

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