Jennifer Day, IBCLC, CLE, CLS, RLC, BD Meet the Owner, Lactation Consultant & Birth Doula
Hello, my name is Jennifer Day, I am a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) serving, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. My journey into the field of lactation stemmed mostly around my own rocky beginnings with my two children, having worked with providers that either harmed our experience or simply lacked the support I was searching for. Those experiences shaped what I knew my community needed most, relationship and true authenticity.
My humble beginnings led me to work as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, where I counseled and supported breastfeeding families for over 8 years. During that season as a Peer Counselor, I began the pathway toward becoming a Lactation Consultant. Over the course of that journey, I immersed myself into the community, cultivating relationships and building trust in those that reflected the community. I have worked with thousands of clients, all of whom have taught me everything I know today, to trust, listen and advocate on the behalf of my clients. I have committed myself toward decreasing disparity gaps in breastfeeding, using my voice and platforms, serving the community and by offering Pathway 3 IBCLC Mentorship for aspiring IBCLC’s, equipping and empowering future trailblazers to change the world. I am a leader, public speaker, consultant, clinician, advocate, and educator.
My husband and I reside in the Metro-Detroit area with our two children, where we enjoy growing our own food, traveling and exploring the community. We are afforded with the opportunity to run our own businesses as photographers, videographers and consultants, while being present parents as we raise our two growing children and for that we are grateful! We are living our dreams and fulfilling our purpose.
India Jones, BD Meet the Birth Doula
Hi there! My name is India Jones. I am passionate about all things birth and breastfeeding. After experiencing a joyous out of hospital birth with my first child I immersed myself in the birth community. I desired to assist women through the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum process just as I had been carried through by my midwives and doula. Over the past several years I have gained a wealth of experience as a Home Birth Midwifery Assistant, and DONA trained Birth Doula (serving both home and hospital birthing families). These experiences came full circle when we were blessed to welcome our second child earth-side, born at home. My commitment to each and every client that I'm blessed to serve is that; birth is a natural process of life, women should have the birth that they desire, healthy outcomes for both mom and baby should be prioritized and moms should be well supported over the course of the postpartum period.
Shonte' Terhune-Smith, BS, IBCLC Meet the Lactation Consultant, Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder and Owner of a Private Practice, You Overcome Lactation Obstacles (YOLO). Over the past five years, she has worked diligently in Genesee County to increase breastfeeding rates. She has worked in the hospital as a lactation intern and at various pediatric and obstetrician clinics, promoting and educating women about breastfeeding. Normalizing breastfeeding is her passion. She has breastfed her four children and understands the struggles of breastfeeding and how rewarding it is to overcome them.
Public Speaking Opportunities and Recordings: Marketing & Engagement: Reaching Families in Your Community Description: This webinar offered perspective on how to apply basic marketing concepts to community engagement and planning, informed by behavior change theory. The webinar focused on increasing initial participation in breastfeeding support services and featured a successful story from Oakland County, MI. Click here to view
Great Lakes NetWORK Series - Support Group Development for Under-Served and At-Risk Populations - Community Description: In an effort to reduce disparities and increase breastfeeding rates, support groups are vital. The speakers will discuss components of effective community engagement while promoting key group facilitator skills for a successful and engaging breastfeeding support group that ensures group participation and retention. Registrants will be able to: describe at least 2 group facilitation tactics to improve support groups performance; and identify why each partner plays a significant role in the delivery of equitable access to peer and professional breastfeeding support and education. Click here to view
Birthing and breastfeeding can be challenging but with support and resources, you can reach your goals. Birth. Love. Feed. Grow.