GOLD Learning Speakers


Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA

Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2015
  • Country: USA

Cathy Carothers is co-director of Every Mother, a non-profit organization providing lactation training for health professionals. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996, she has provided more than 600 training events and conference presentations in every U.S. state/territory and several countries. She is past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), a fellow of ILCA, and past chair of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. She chairs the design team for the equity initiative in the lactation consultant profession, and chairs the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC), which works to reduce financial barriers to the IBCLC exam. She has directed several national breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives for the U.S. federal government, including the national USDA WIC peer counseling program, and national workplace support initiatives through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was honored with the 2014 National Leadership Award from the National WIC Association. 

Sherry L. Payne has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education from Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO. She is a midwifery student and is pursuing doctoral studies in nursing education with Walden University. She is a lactation consultant and a certified nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic and birth center. Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparites in the urban core. She owns Perinatal ReSource an education, training and consulting firm. She is an editor for Clinical Lactation Journal, and sits on the board of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC). She presents nationally on perinatal and nursing education issues. Her career goals include increasing the number of midwives of color and improving lactation rates in the African American community through published investigative research and application of evidence based clinical practice and innovation in healthcare delivery models.

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2014 Lactation Summit: Steps to Dismantling Inequities in the Lactation Profession
In July 2014, for the first time, stakeholders from 12 countries across the world and major underrepresented communities gathered to explore global barriers that make it difficult to attain the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) credential. Hosted by the three international organizations – IBLCE®, ILCA®, and LEAARC – the Summit contributed to a much larger movement to dismantle inequities within the field. This session will explore how the Summit contributed to this larger movement, how this movement is gaining momentum, and ways in which lactation professionals and organizations can work to reduce inequities. It will also present major findings from the 2014 Lactation Summit. The session is led by Cathy Carothers, chair of the design team for the initiative, and Sherry Payne, the 2014 Lactation Summit facilitator.
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Ethics for Lactation Professionals