Phone: (847) 987-8079
Postpartum Rate: $40
Fee Details: My fees include my expertise as a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is very useful for mothers who are expecting to have challenges with breastfeeding, or who have had challenges with breastfeeding with previous babies. What is an IBCLC? http://americas.iblce.org/what-is-an-ibclc Serving Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County and surrounding areas. Ask me about insurance reimbursement for my services.
Postpartum Doula Experience: 17 years and 100 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Postpartum limits/restrictions: No inside-the-home smokers, please.
Breastfeeding USA Volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor BreastfeedingUSA.org - a national breastfeeding non-profit - Founding Member: www.breastfeedingusa.org Vice President: www.northernillinoisLCA.org (6 years to date) Member of: DONA, ILCA, USLCA, NILCA, CABC, BFUSA, LLL
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Lake Zurich, IL
During my pregnancy, I made sure to read all the books and watch all the movies in preparation for labor. I interviewed the pediatricians to make sure I found the perfect fit! I thought I knew all there was to know about what to expect when my son was born....except I had no idea that I would struggle with breastfeeding. I saw the lactation consultant at the hospital, and two other private practice IBCLCs who were super sweet and supportive, but didn't really offer solutions for our issues. Working with Beth was the difference maker in my nursing and bonding relationship with my son! She was able to offer practical solutions to our concerns-- better nursing positions, the introduction of an SNS so we could supplement at the breast, and a pumping plan to help increase milk production. One of the pieces that I appreciated the most was her willingness to troubleshoot the root cause for my supply concerns and her referrals to other professionals who could assist in getting to the answers I was seeking. She continues to be a great source of knowledge and support even 2 years later! I am forever grateful for the role she has played in my relationship with my son!
I can't thank Beth enough for what she has done for my family. Meeting her when I had my first baby had a profound effect on the type of parent I became and continue to be. She has a professional, yet calm and nurturing manner that made me feel immediately at ease at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed and confused in the world of becoming a new mother. She helped me to trust my instincts and respond to the needs of my baby, and I treasure the caring and supportive relationship we developed with her. After the birth of my second baby, she provided invaluable assistance when I had breastfeeding problems with my newborn son. Although I was already an experienced breastfeeding mother, I encountered unexpected problems which she was able to immediately diagnose and rectify, and things became easier almost overnight. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in breastfeeding matters, and her gentle approach made an immeasurable difference to my breastfeeding relationship with my children. I can't recommend her highly enough. Any family who has the benefit of Beth's professional, warm and reassuring approach in their home will be forever grateful.
As a new mom determined to breastfeed my new baby, I was quite distraught when I experienced over six weeks of breastfeeding pain. After seeking help, Beth offered not only encouragement, but was able to walk me step-by-step through a breastfeeding session, helping to correct my baby's latching-on problems that was causing the pain -- which eventually resulted in a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with my baby that is now completely pain free. Beth pro-actively contacted me after our initial meeting, continually checking up on me and offering the support that a new mom needs. When I shared my concerns about returning to full-time work and continuing to provide expressed breast milk to my baby, Beth provided me a wealth of resources that offered practical and pointed information to allay my fears.
Beth was very attune to my personal experience as a breastfeeding mother, taking note of the physical problems I was having, but also being caring and compassionate to the very emotional side of being a new mom. Although I know Beth has worked with many mothers, I really felt as though she saw me as a unique individual, recognizing that each mothering experience is different, no matter the situation. She helped to provide me with the knowledge as well as the confidence to continue breastfeeding during a few frustrating weeks. Beth provided me with the guidance and direction that even the best breastfeeding books could not offer. I highly recommend her for her experience and expertise!
I nursed my son for 2 years with weaning occuring 3 mos. prior to giving birth to my daughter, during which time Beth was a source of advice, humor, and support. About a week after my daughter was born Beth came to my house with a much needed calm assertivness and a hot meal (which she was delivering from another league member). She offered hands on help with positions to reduce the amount of air my daughter was taking in while nursing as well as some better burping and gas relief techniques. She also reminded me that it was ok to ask for help with house work and meals, which can be surprisingly easy to forget. If I am ever blessed with another child I will certainly be calling on Beth again.
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