WHAT'S UNDER THE TENT
Stacy-Ann Louie IBCLC, CD
I am the mother of five great kids. They are my world and a major reason why I am currently working as a lactation consultant and certified doula. My first pregnancy and birth really opened my eyes to the state of maternal health. I went from being excited about my ability to birth and breastfeed to doubts and confusion about just what my body could do.
I wanted other options and sometimes didn't know where and how to find the information to make the right decisions. Before, it was all said and done, I found providers who trusted my body's ability to birth. I also learned about doulas and lactation consultants. What I took away from my first birth experience was, when I am trusted and supported to birth as intended and treated with care, I am empowered and have a positive birth experience.
My experience led me to understand that women have shared needs during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum -- support that respected their choice to make the best decision for themselves, their baby and inclusive of their partner too.
HOLISTIC DOULA - CD
I became a doula because I wanted women to have continued support, a sound physiological understanding of their pregnant body, and be empowered to make the right decisions for their body. There is so much that takes place with your body and emotional state while pregnant. You should be able to explore what is happening with your pregnancy outside of a short office visit.
Pregnancy and birth is more than three trimesters, and three stages of labor. Every women should have a committed doula to support her throughout her pregnancy & birth.
After training with DONA to become a birth and postpartum doula I became Certified Holistic Doula with THE MATRONA. I believe both training and certification improved and help to guide the way in which I doula. While, the majority of doula care is focused on the birth parent, I care for your support her partner too.
My decision to breastfeed my first child was instinctual. I have to admit, I took a birth class but didn't even take a breastfeeding education class. So when my child ended up in the NICU and the nurse said you can pump to feed, I was like a deer in headlights. I was able to pump to feed and the lactation consultant was great help. I was absolutely blessed to have my child in a hospital that supported mothers to breastfeed. However, when our newborn was discharged, I didn't have the lactation help I needed. My own determination, my mother and my husband helped me through those first few weeks.
I really would have benefited from community breastfeeding help. Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience for parents and children. Nonetheless, it can be complex and sometimes difficult to navigate alone. Having the support of an experienced and supportive lactation consultant to guide you through any immediate concerns is of great value.
I became certified lactation consultant because I want to provide the highest level of care to mothers and babies. The reality is that most mothers struggle to breastfeed once they make it home after delivery. The reasons are often layered and it takes a trained and dedicated professional to resolve and meet the needs of both mom and baby.
As a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), I am clinically trained and licensed to work within Georgia. My clients will benefit from my experience in lactation clinics, pediatric office, newborn clinic and NICU. For appointments you can choose office, home or virtual consultations. Additionally, our local support groups are a unique blend of peer-to peer support with expert input. Group classes are the perfect place for you to learn and make connections with other moms like you. All services can be booked online and we welcome your calls too.
WHAT'S WITH THE NAME TENT?
I am often asked why Tent Birth and Breastfeeding, why the Tent? When I envisioned the essence of Tent Birth and Breastfeeding Services it is a space where a women's body and innate ability is always honored and championed. In this space she can always come to learn, to gather, to share in her journey with other women and to grow with other women in shared experiences. This space should be protected. As a physical structure, a tent provides shelter and protection. Within its walls, I welcome women to have the physiological and emotional support they are seeking in birth, postpartum and lactation. So although Tent may seem like an odd choice, its holds great value for me.
WHY CHOOSE A
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT
A board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) is clinically educated to resolve breastfeeding concerns, prevent breastfeeding issues, promote breastfeeding, educate and protect breastfeeding. They have attained the highest level of training, sat for and passed an exam. In the state of Georgia to work as an lactation consultant, you need to be licensed. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. IBCLCs work in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.
A FEW BREASTFEEDING CONCERNS WE RESOLVE ARE ...
✔ Trained to exam oral structure of baby's mouth for issues that can impact feeding
✔Trained to exam mother breast for damage to breast tissue and nipples
✔ Position and latch of the infant
✔ Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
✔Resolve delay onset of breast milk
✔Resolve low milk supply
✔Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation
✔ Prevention and management of common concerns such as inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
✔Management of breastfeeding in NICU babies and pre-term infants
✔ Experienced in a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations such as re-lactation, cleft palates and cleft lips
✔ Provide information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation
✔ Competent to assist mothers with establishing and sustaining breastfeeding, even in the midst of difficulties and high-risk situations that can arise
✔ Strategies for breastfeeding and lactation after returning to work
✔ Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or triplets, a premature or sick infant, or infants in special medical situations
✔Most hold up ethical practices, abiding by Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics and working within a defined Scope of Practice