Myla

Myla’s background in nursing, theatre, psychology and drama-therapy makes her a comprehensive provider. Before receiving her DONA professional doula training and certification in 2010, Myla helped opening a birth center in Uganda, where she learned techniques from traditional midwives to better support women during labor. She is as comfortable assisting in homebirths as in hospitals, with extensive experience in both. With in-depth training in "high-risk" birth circumstances, she is ready to support VBAC / HBAC mothers, twins (whether vaginal or via Cesarean), as well as vaginal breech deliveries. Her calming and loving demeanor combined with her commitment to creating a space free of judgment, filled with creativity and joy, makes Myla the perfect provider for anyone excited to deeply engage in the journey of their pregnancy and birth.

Full Package
Lactation Support Session

$300.00
  • In-person lactation support session at the comfort of your home (or hospital)
  • Session covers evaluation, positioning, support with latch, and more
  • Education and validation to leave you breastfeeding with confidence
  • A follow-up call

Myla was a great help to me when I began to experience trouble with breastfeeding, which was one of the reasons we chose her to be our doula. Her experience and availability to help with the breastfeeding process immediately after birth, and beyond, is definitely appreciated. A few days after the birth of our daughter, I became engorged and had developed cracked, bleeding nipples. I was distraught, and I knew couldn’t continue on doing what I was doing, because it clearly wasn’t working. Myla helped us through this challenge. After a night of minimal rest, lots of crying, and not much breastfeeding, I reached out to her just hours before my baby’s naming ceremony. Without hesitation, Myla rearranged her schedule, even though she had friends and family in town, and came to our house within an hour of my call. She made sure we were getting good latches and stayed until we had to leave and helped us work on new positions that would allow me to continue feeding more comfortably. Myla has remained available for troubleshooting advice as our baby gets older. Things are going much better for us all. Thanks for the support, Myla!

Tristin and Josh

Not necessarily. Although, some parents find it extremely helpful despite the milk supply.
Yes and no. It is Mother Nature at its best, but like anything you haven’t done before, it may require some training. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certifies lactation consultants who meet its criteria and have passed an exam. Healthy Children Project, Inc. certifies lactation counselors.Both Lactation Consultants and Lactation Counselors support new mothers by solving certain breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples and low milk supply. Or by simply coming to ensure the process is going smoothly for both mom and baby.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that patients connected with International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) were three times more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at three months, more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at one month and less likely to wean in the first six months. Although babies benefit from any breast milk they receive, there is increasing evidence that exclusive breastfeeding supports a healthy microbiome and imparts important, lifelong health benefits for both mothers and infants including a reduced rate of infections in newborns.
It is a good idea to establish a relationship with a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor before the baby comes. You may also benefit from a private visit and class to prepare yourself for the upcoming journey. Book your Lactation Consultant or Lactation Counselor visit as soon as you can once the baby in born. The first 3 days, then 10 days, then a month are crucial for successful breastfeeding. If you are not receiving enough support in a hospital (if this is where you chose to give birth), book a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor to come to the hospital. Otherwise, the first week at home is ideal regardless if the breastfeeding is going well or not. You will always benefit and feel more confident after meeting with a professional.