I'm Bryna Sampey. I run things here at Doula My Soul and I just wanted to introduce the concept for Doula My Soul.
We are passionate about helping families in the Portland Metro area (and beyond) reach their goals around birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. We help clients with prenatal consults, labor, birth, postpartum, nursing, bottle-feeding, special situations (like tongue-tie or babies with medical special needs), and weaning.
We also offer professional development classes, parent classes, groups, and events to better connect our community with resources and support.
The Doula approach to lactation and birth is a family-centered approach. We look at more than just the latch and transfer of baby-- we look at every aspect to make sure all the pieces of your lives as new parents are serving your goals, and creating an overall sense of wellness in your home. There's so much more to breast- or chestfeeding and birthing than just babies and milk!
We offer expert help when and where you need it:
What is an IBCLC? It stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. It requires many hundreds (even thousands) of hours of education, training, and client contact in intern roles before we are allowed to sit for a board exam.
Once certified, the newly-minted IBCLC has 5 years to collect the required number of continuing education units or decide to recertify by exam. We recertify every 5 years by CEU or exam and every 10 a recertification by examination is required.
In the fast-paced lactation field, there is no such thing as stagnation. Our credentialing requirements reflect this!
Did you know there is a medical subspecialty for every organ in the body except the breast? Seriously! That makes us the leading experts in all things breast- so you definitely want an IBCLC on your team, if you're planning on a baby.
Other lactation-specific titles: CLC, CLE, & etc. are good, but require an average of 20 hours of education specific to lactation and very little face-time with clients.
In some cases a CLC will achieve this designation on their way to becoming an IBCLC, you might find them doing follow-ups or working as assistants, but they should never be practicing without a referring IBCLC where they send complex issues.