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Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Lactation Consultants in Private Practice Lecture Pack

This lecture package brings together an exciting mix of expert information about business sense and clinical skills for the lactation consultant in or considering private practice. Learn more about getting started in private practice, ways to diversify your practice, consult time management, wound care and more.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 64 mins
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support Strategies for Helping Babies when the Basics Aren’t Enough
U.S.A. Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Melissa Cole is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professional. She enjoys teaching, researching and writing about wellness and lactation-related topics. Her bachelor’s degree is in maternal/child health and lactation and her master’s degree is in therapeutic herbalism. Before pursuing her current path, Melissa’s background was in education and cultural arts, which has served her well in her work as a lactation consultant and healthcare educator. She loves living, working and playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her 3 children.

Objective 1:Understand how to assess more complex breastfeeding situations
Objective 2: Identify the root cause(s) of the feeding issue at hand
Objective 3: Implement personalized care plans to help dyads coping with unique issues
Objective 4: Utilize critical thinking skills when supporting dyads through challenging feeding situations

U.S.A. Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc. Many providers are frustrated when they are unable to help a dyad latch and feed successfully. This presentation will covers some reasons why babies struggle to latch and breastfeed well. We will go over cases that portray challenging situations and the assessment techniques and care plan strategies that helped. This session is designed to help providers implement critical thinking skills in order to think outside the box when it comes to difficult cases.

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Duration: 60 mins
Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC
Growing Your Practice
USA Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC

Denise Altman is a private practice lactation consultant and owner of All The Best in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that, she has worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare system from staff nurse to clinical educator, with experience in Maternal/Child Health since 1992. She has authored numerous articles for parents and healthcare professionals in print, as well as two medical textbooks, and has served on the Editorial Review Board for the Clinical Lactation journal since the first issue in 2010. She has established herself as a business mentor and enjoys coaching other small and microbusiness owners about methods for success. Her website is On a personal note, Denise is the mother of three children, and has been married since 1994.

Objective 1:List a minimum of 4 opportunities to increase number of clients
Objective 2: State at least 3 IBCLC ethics standards guiding retailers
Objective 3: Identify at least 2 community partners for practice growth

USA Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC

A private practice IBCLC must be able to apply both business and clinical skills to all of her efforts. However, to keep a business viable, there must be more than one revenue stream. Learn how to seek out and evaluate opportunities to both maintain and grow your PP.

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Duration: 60 mins
The Rug Pulled Out from Underneath Me: Depression During Pregnancy and After Birth
U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM

Cynthia Good, MS Clinical Psychology, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Clinical Counselor, author, consultant, and internationally recognized speaker. She is the Director of LifeCircle Consulting, LLC and is Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. She is based in the Seattle, Washington, USA area, where she formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University where she taught counseling skills and is a therapist at Sandbox Therapy Group where she works with children, adults, and families. Cynthia has a strong interest in the emerging field of lactational psychology. She brings the evidence and insights of psychology and lactation consulting to her presentations, providing information and teaching skills that are essential to understanding and effectively responding to the complex psychosocial realities of families living in diverse contexts. The focus of her presentations includes communication skills and counseling techniques for perinatal care providers; equity, diversity, and inclusion; infant feeding rhetoric; perinatal mental health; perinatal loss, grief, and trauma; ethics; serving as an expert witness in lactation-related court cases; cultural competence and humility; vitamin D; and more.

Objective 1:Describe 6 symptoms and 6 risk factors of perinatal depression
Objective 2: List three negative outcomes of perinatal depression on the breastfeeding dyad
Objective 3: Explain why breastfeeding protection is important in the context of postpartum depression
Objective 4:List three ways in which to protect breastfeeding when treating postpartum depression
Objective 5: Describe why to screen and refer clients for perinatal depression

U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM

The prevalence of depression in pregnancy and after birth means that lactation specialists will often provide lactation support services to parents who are struggling with mental health challenges. Lactation specialists who understand how mental health and lactation interrelate will be better equipped to meet the needs of the families they serve. This presentation provides an overview of perinatal depression, including risk factors, symptoms, how breastfeeding and postpartum depression interact, lactation-compatible approaches to treating postpartum depression, and the ethical rationale for screening and referring at-risk clients for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of perinatal depression.

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Duration: 74 mins
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
How to start a private lactation practice
us Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, IBCLC, and Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) with over 30 years of experience in lactation management and education. She has been actively involved with breastfeeding coalitions at the local, state, and international levels. Now a published author, her first book, “Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?”, sold out the first printing in only 48 hours. Kathy has worked in multiple lactation settings, including the hospital, private practice, education, home health care, and in the US-based Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program. As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Kathy heads the Perinatal Loss Program at her hospital, and leads a Griefshare program in the community. Happily married for 39 years, she has 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, all breastfed.

Objective 1:Attendees will be able to list at least three critical items to research prior to opening their own private practice as a lactation consultant
Objective 2: Attendees will be able to discuss the positive and negative aspects of being in private practice
Objective 3: Attendees will be able to name at least two aspects of good self-care

us Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Are you an aspiring private practice lactation consultant? This session will cover all the important components of opening your own private practice, from location, US-based tax issues, social media, advertising, marketing, credentialing to how to provide good self-care. Based on the speaker’s new book, Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?

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Duration: 77 mins
Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC
Wound Care for Gnarly Nipples - What, Why, When to Treat
USA Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC

Beth is the owner and manager of Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services and Breastfeeding Center in Northwest NJ. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a NJ licensed Registered Nurse (RN) with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and reproductive biology from Tulane University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She began her clinical nursing career in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and now has over 16 years of experience in the areas of reproductive biology, community and mental health, school nursing and maternal/child health.
Beth was a US Peace Corp Volunteer in French-speaking Cameroon, West Africa, where her passion for working with mothers and babies was born. Beth is an accredited La Leche League Leader (since 2006) and has trained as a birth and postpartum doula. She enjoys working with medically diverse mother/infant dyads, training and mentoring lactation consultants and interns. She enjoys writing for breastfeeding publications and speaking professionally, especially internationally, where she has the opportunity to learn about the diversity of breastfeeding experiences and share her knowledge. She also enjoys planning and hosting Mother Blessing ceremonies, an alternative to the traditional "baby shower," where expectant mothers are emotionally supported to explore their instinctive abilities to birth and breastfeed their babies.
Beth is currently attending Georgetown University’s Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program and will graduate in the Spring of 2017. She looks forward to having the privilege of incorporating her lactation expertise with comprehensive primary health care of the whole family.

Objective 1:Identify the 4 stages of wounds and characteristics/terminology to define them
Objective 2: Categorize the skin color changes associated with different wound presentations
Objective 3: List the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options and determine when and why to recommend them for wounds or pain

USA Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, IBCLC, RLC

This talk includes a review of the stages of nipple wounds including terminology you will use as clinicians and breastfeeding care providers to describe and recommend treatments for mothers. With the use of vivid clinical pictures, we will review steps in the differential diagnosis of nipple wounds and the evidence base for various treatment options including palliative, over-the counter and prescription therapies.

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Duration: 57 mins
Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
Developing a lactation program in the physician's office
USA Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
       Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

Melissa Morgan is a lactation consultant operating a robust private practice in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. She has also partnered with a thriving physician's group to provide contractional lactation care and provides lactation services and practitioner education in the public health setting.  She is studying health service administration with an emphasis on finance and has consulted with other IBCLCs in their efforts to establish in-clinic lactation services in the physician office. She and her husband are raising their three children in their self-built home in the foothills of the Rockies where she enjoys her warm/hot glass studio, snowshoeing, and berry picking.

Renee Beebe is a board certified lactation consultant with a busy private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and tele-conferencing consultations internationally. In 2013, she began a contractual relationship with a naturopathic family practice clinic to provide lactation services. Renee is thankful to live in breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters.

Objective 1:Discuss methods of charting and scheduling that enable joint access to patient information
Objective 2: Understand the concept of “incident to” billing
Objective 3: Develop at least 2 techniques for establishing relationships with potential physician's offices
Objective 4: Articulate at least 2 benefits to IBCLC to working in a physician’s office
Objective 5: Articulate at least 2 benefits to physicians when IBCLC is working in their office

USA Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
       Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide no-cost-sharing lactation benefits to mothers and babies.IBCLC is the premier professional to provide breastfeeding services, but the lack of broad state licensure for lactation consultants limits access to services, as Medicaid and most insurers will not directly cover unlicensed health care providers. Establishing IBCLC services in the physician’s clinic setting overcomes this limitation and allows for increased access to expert breastfeeding help. This presentation will equip IBCLCs and physicians with tools necessary to collaborate and implement a lactation program. Details regarding billing, financial arrangements, complementary care, marketing, etc., will be discussed. In the United States; there is an entire Facebook group devoted to this topic and the speakers regularly field questions about establishing this type of arrangement. Melissa and Renee will discuss two different models from their experience: one in an OB-GYN clinic and one in a naturopathic family medicine clinic.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program is approved for 6 L-CERPs.

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive credits for this program a second time. Please send us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

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(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Equipment and Technology, (IBCLC) Ethical and Legal Issues, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Pharmacology and Toxicology, (IBCLC) Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, (IBCLC) Public Health and Advocacy, (IBCLC) Techniques, Breast and Nipple Pain, IBCLC in Collaboration With Other Health Professionals, IBCLC in Private Practice, Latch & Position, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

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