About Me

Certified by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), I have been providing labor and postpartum education and support
for over 20 years. I am also certified as a Lactation Specialist (UCLA), and a certified “Happiest Baby” Instructor. Holding a California State teaching credential and with Birthing From Within training, I taught Early Pregnancy, Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Parenting courses for over 30 years in Santa Clara County. I am also a certified birth and postpartum Doula.

I am now retired from teaching and Doula support and concentrate my efforts on helping new
moms in the South County reach their personal goals for breastfeeding. Aside from my lactation certification, I have advance training in Biological Nurturing® - Laid Back Breastfeeding with Dr. Suzanne Colson.

I also continue to teach the Happiest Baby on the BlockTM classes in small in-home groups
and/or privately. The cornerstone of this proven technique [the 5 S's] is swaddling. Infant swaddling is safe, effective and easy when it is done correctly.

I have three children (all breastfed), two stepchildren and nine grandchildren.
My philosophy:
I believe that women, who are informed, empowered, and prepared have a much better chance of experiencing a safer and more satisfying birth. Women who have a more physiological birth (natural birth) tend to have an easier transition into breastfeeding.
A physiological birth brings into play all the necessary hormones that support birth and facilitates the onset of lactation. And no mammal who has birth taken from her [with medication, anesthesia and/or surgery] goes on to nurse easily, or even to mother easily. It’s not breastfeeding that’s the problem, It’s the birth!

Lactation Consult Fee:
The initial breastfeeding consultation, that lasts up to two hours, is $75. Follow-up visits are $45. In my experience, follow-up visits are very rare.
Phone consultations are free.

Happiest Baby on the Block class Fee:
Happiest Baby on the Block classes are held in your home and last about 2 hours. My fee is $40. I also make available the combo Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and Soothing Sounds CD, at my cost, for $15 (a $30 value).
If there are two or more couples, the fee is reduced to $30 for the hosting couple and $35 per additional couple.

I live in Morgan Hill and serve the South County area.

You can contact me at: mamajb@msn.com