For as long as I can remember (early childhood), I have been fascinated with mommas and babies. My earliest memory of this fascination is when I was about 4 years old after I must have seen a mom breastfeed...I tucked myself in a little corner of our living room with a blanket and my baby doll and proceeded to nurse my doll!
These early experiences fostered a desire to help mommas and babies in my adult years as I attended nursing school and specialized in obstetrics after I graduated. My career was my passion. Once I had my foot in the door, though, I plunged head long into my primary goal in life: getting married and having a family of my own!
My wonderful husband and I were married in 1999...baby number one was born the summer of 2001. My sweet little daughter was born at home with the assistance of my now life long friend and midwife, Jackie Griggs. She nursed right away. I was in mommy heaven! Then, day #3 hit...the challenges! Nothing was going to keep me from nursing my baby, so I persisted through, and by 6 weeks we were nursing comfortably, and it was pure bliss!
As a labor and delivery nurse, I knew that after my own personal breastfeeding experience I was in a unique position to help moms avoid the problems I had in the beginning of my breastfeeding journey. I took the childbirth educator position when it became available and added a breastfeeding class to the repertoire soon after. My job evolved, and I gradually began counseling inpatient breastfeeding moms as an educator. I made it my personal mission to educate myself on all things breastfeeding and the dream of becoming a lactation consultant was born.
La Leche League played a big role in my breastfeeding success as well as my dream. I became a leader shortly after the birth of my 2nd daughter in 2004 and have been co-leading the Pasadena group since then.
My family grew rapidly, a son in 2003, another daughter in 2004, third daughter in 2006, and a surprise daughter in 2009...all natural births and all breastfed. Needless to say, I stayed busy, and each year that passed I patiently postponed making the commitment to apply for the IBCLC exam. Then, in the fall of 2010 I met Leah Jolly while working on our La Leche League groups' treasuries. The rest is history, and here I sit...my dream realized.
I believe mommas are strong. I believe babies are smart. I believe birth is a dance. I believe breastfeeding is natural. And I am so excited to be a part. Let the adventure begin!