About Emilia

smith-family  Lactation Consultant Portland

 

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) working in private practice. I have been working with breastfeeding families since 2008. I believe that breastfeeding embodies both the normal and miraculous in life. It is a process that has the potential to be powerful and transformative for women as they step into motherhood, either for the first time or again. I believe that when given the opportunity, a woman can begin her life as a mother with confidence in her body, a belief in the power of her intuition, and the knowledge that with adequate information, she can make the best choices for her child. This allows women to begin motherhood with optimal grace and strength.

I also believe strongly in the power and importance of mother-to-mother support. To that end, I train new peer counselors for the Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon and am a retired La Leche League leader. In both roles, I facilitate mothers supporting one another, finding answers from peers and strength in providing support for others.

In addition to being a lactation consultant I am a midwife with Rosehip Midwifery. I am a licensed direct-entry midwife (LDM) in the State of Oregon and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) as certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. My work as a midwife allows me to work closely with women throughout the childbearing year and to be present for the first moments when mom and baby meet and the breastfeeding relationship begins.

I am mama to two amazing and strong girls. Becoming a mother for the first time in 2009 was a transformative experience. I was at once myself and new. Motherhood and breastfeeding felt simultaneously foreign and familiar. My daughters are constantly teaching me knew things about myself and the world and I am so grateful for their presence in my life.

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