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Originally from Mexico, I have lived in Israel, California and Hawaii before moving to NZ in 2011. 

I am a registered nurse (obstetrics and well-child) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLE). This certification requires many years of studying and hundreds of hours of supporting mums in their breastfeeding journeys, as well as 10 yearly exams and continuing professional development. I am also a Child Birth Educator and the Educator for PADA, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa.

I myself experienced mixed success with breastfeeding my three children, as well as Postnatal Depression. This has made me very passionate about supporting new families struggling with the adjustment to parenthood.

I have a BA in History, a BS in Nursing, a Masters in Public Health, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.  I have completed many hours of training in ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as compassion-focused therapy.

I believe in supporting you to reach your own goals, without judgment or expectations. My only wish is that you find your way to responsive parenting, where we respond to our babies' needs as much as we can, and in this way create a secure attachment.

But I also believe parental well-being and mental health are extremely important if we want to see families thrive. I advocate and help you find ways for self-care, as much as possible, during those very challenging first weeks and months. 

Breastfeeding is far from being just milk. It is our way as mums to reassure our babies that we are here for them, that the world is a safe place, and that their needs as very vulnerable little humans are being met. It is a special connection between you and your baby. However, if you are not enjoying breastfeeding because of pain, supply problems, or doubts and questioning everything you do, then I am here to support you. 

I am also here to support you if you are feeling low, disappointed that you are not as happy as you expected to be as a new mum, anxious about all the conflicting advice you keep getting, lonely, and lost. Becoming a new parent might be the hardest thing you have ever done, and you might feel out of sorts, confused, trying to establish a new identity, you might be missing work and the company of adults, and be bored, frustrated, and tired, oh so tired. I am here to talk and listen to you, and to find ways you can make small changes that will help you to feel more secure in your parenting choices, have more moments of joy with your baby, and learn how to find your own voice and wishes among the multitude of conflicting advice. 

In my spare time, I love spending time with my children, biking, swimming, and lots of dancing.

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