Who’s Your Daddy…Mommy, Surrogate or Donor? Modern Families, Lactation, Ethics and the Law

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

It’s not just a married mother and father anymore: Modern families reflect our changing societal customs and mores. Babies are conceived using procedures to overcome (in)fertility issues. Surrogates, gestational carriers and adoption allow families to raise babies with some, all, or none of the parents’ gene pool. Families today may have single parents, same-sex couples, blended parenting arrangements, and shared custody and visitation. Breastfeeding, lactation and human donor milk are a part of all of it! A full range of clinical and counseling skills may be needed for the IBCLC to offer evidence-based information and support to the primary mother. Consultations may be clinically complex, given the physiologic history of the primary mother. Counseling skills are needed to help the mother who does not have a reliable “circle of support” in her extended family and community, or who suffers from discrimination because of her personal attributes. The IBCLC may be unsure of what she can or should say; she may even wonder if any of this is “right.” This session will describe the many manifestations of the modern family, and the expertise and support the IBCLC can bring to bear. The learner at this session will be able to: (1) Identify the IBCLC’s three practice-guiding documents describing the legal and ethical obligations to a lactation patient/client; (2) Describe three non-traditional family arrangements where a breastfeeding child is not receiving breastmilk directly from his birth mother; (3) Define when an IBCLC has a mandatory reporting obligation for child safety or protection issues; and (4) Explain when an IBCLC may not serve as an expert witness in a divorce or custody lawsuit



Liz Brooks JD IBCLC FILCA


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
Email: ecbrks@yahoo.com
Site: http://www.lizbrooksibclc.com
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