Saturday, August 04, 2007
Midwives, Doulas, and Lactation Consultants
It is done. Our World Breastfeeding Week Health Fair is over. It went really well. I was so proud of my Breastfeeding Committee. We worked hard and pulled off a wonderful event. In the end folks did come through. We had enough vendors, enough presenters, enough food, enough door prizes, even enough participants. The city newspaper sent a reporter and photographer. The mayor sent a representative and a proclamation. A lovely time was had by all. I met a local midwife named Cheryl. She was quite fascinating. She takes the CPM test next week. One of my committee members, Valtra just took the IBLC exam. When she passes, she will be the very first African-American lactation consultant in our city. She has done a mighty work, toiling with inner-city poor women (mostly black) who will most likely not encounter anyone else more devoted to their breastfeeding success. As a lactation consultant she'll be able to do even more. Please say a prayer or send a good thought to Cheryl and Valtra. We need more like them.