Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association, has a Masters in Nursing-Education,and a Bachelors in psychology. She has been board certified since 1992, and has worked with mothers and babies in a wide variety of breastfeeding situations in both hospital and private practice settings. Kathy provides evidence and research-based lactation inservices, presentations on breastfeeding, parenting, and well-woman care, and lactation consultations through Breastfeeding Perspectives, her private practice. One of Kathy’s specialties is lactation choices following pre-natal, post-natal, and infant loss. She is also a Certified Health Counselor, specializing in pregnancy and lactation and a Certified Attached at the Heart Parenting Educator.
Kathy is able to tailor sessions specific to YOUR needs. She will provide research and evidence-based information in a fun-filled format to meet the needs of your audience.
It has been estimated that one in four pregnancies results in a miscarriage or stillbirth. Lactogenesis II, or milk production, begins any time after 12 weeks of gestation, so many of these women will produce at least some milk following their loss. Learn how to help these women with the choices they have concerning their milk supply.
Learn about the business, ethical, legal, and personal issues related to beginning a successful private practice as an IBCLC.
This session addresses various breast surgeries, injuries, voluntary modifications, and situations that can affect milk supply and milk transfer by the infant.
Addressing all aspects of breastfeeding counselors, this session deals with ethics from description to documents of ethics in various professions, and includes audience participation in ethical decision making. Physicians, nurses, IBCLCs, CLCs, La Leche League Leaders, Peer Counselors, midwives, doulas, and lay breastfeeding counselors are urged to become familiar with the ethical side of lactation work.
A look at the physical, emotional, and hormonal interactions that combine to promote attachment in the first days after birth.
Jaundice is a common condition for premature and full term newborn infants. Through this session, learn about the definition of jaundice, its pathophysiology, frequency, risks and complications, and treatments which rarely include weaning from the breast. Included will be assessment of the infant at the breast, feeding frequency, and breastfeeding while undergoing treatments for jaundice.