About Blessed Are The Mothers

My name is Lisa Horstkamp and I am a private practice Certified Lactation Counselor (trained though the Health Children’s Center for Breastfeeding) and a Birth and Bereavement Doula (certified with Stillbirthday).

I became a certified doula with stillbirthday October 21st, 2015. To read my personal story and why I chose the Stillbirthday community to train and certify please click here. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) with The Healthy Children Project, passing the course April 17th 2015. I can help get breastfeeding off to a good start, answer questions, assess babies latch and ability to transfer milk, or provide tips on how to help baby transfer more milk.

I have a long history with pumping and continuing to breastfeed after returning to work. I can provide assistance and information on hand expression, breast pumps, proper pump accessory fit, and how to sustain and/or maximize milk output when you are separated from your baby.

I have found so often in our society new mothers are left to fend for themselves. Mothers may not have family close by or their families are also working and can not take time off to help them though those first few weeks and months. Add on other factors such as a partner that doesn’t have paternity leave (or even the absence of a partner for a multitude of reasons) stress, fatigue, and depression can move in quickly. A postpartum doula can fill the gaps. As a post postpartum doula I will come to the mother’s home at least one, or more, times a week to help the new mother with light house work, simple meal preparation and/or cooking, I may hold and rock the baby(s) while mother takes a shower or a walk. As a postpartum doula I’m there to also listen, and when asked provide evidence based information on questions.

For more about my personal breastfeeding history please read

How Breastfeeding Taught Me to be Me

CLC Scope of practice: http://talpp.org/forms/scope%20of%20practice.pdf

SBD Doula Principles of Service (Scope) http://www.stillbirthday.com/2011/11/15/principles-of-service/

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