ABOUT

Caitlin O'Neill

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"I am convinced that breastfeeding and holistic postpartum care are powerful means for the prevention of a myriad of problems than can arise in the family structure, and thus contribute significantly to the well-being our greater society."

WHO I am & some things I believe

​I am a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), as well as a trained Doula, and a mother of two young boys. I am also a Certified Innate Postpartum Care©  Provider. I myself live in Sebastopol, CA and can provide in-person breastfeeding support and education to mothers and families in region of Sonoma-Napa-Marin, as well as Telehealth Consultations no matter where the location. 

 

I have a BA from the University of Vermont, and was trained and certified as an RN at University of California San Francisco. I have attended births in and out of the hospital, and have studied and worked in the fields of women's health and breastfeeding support for over ten years—in the West Sonoma County community, at Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, and Sutter Santa Rosa. I myself have struggled and had to overcome obstacles with breastfeeding after giving birth to my sons in 2011 and 2013. I tend to approach my work from a holistic, family-centered perspective, and I am dedicated to healing birth trauma and nurturing women through the challenges of early motherhood.

More than anything, I am passionate about caring for the mother-baby dyad—a simple yet hugely powerful relationship that is truly more than the sum of its parts. I believe that my calling in life is to “nurture the nurturer” in order to benefit both the short and long-term lens of mothering.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE,

breastfeeding and holistic postpartum care are unifiers that effectively embody all of my values—economic, holistic, healing, political, emotional, psycho-social, feminist, ecological and biological.

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Unfortunately, in our modern times, with disjointed communities and following a systematic and deliberate effort in the middle part of last century to disempower a woman’s ability to breastfeed, there are not consistent models for this basic biological behavior. Most of us do not grow up around aunties and other women who demonstrate breastfeeding for us from a young age. Additionally, the fast pace of our society is largely not conducive to the slower pace of early motherhood and the acquisition of breastfeeding skills. Parents and healthcare providers are often looking for a quick fix to the early hurdles of newborn care and breastfeeding. Particularly for first-time mothers, those first days, weeks and months are just the beginning of the learning process and the discovery that, truly, the more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know. My goal is to help you maneuver these dense physical and emotional hurdles by providing compassionate, individualized care, resourcing, and skill-sharing.

In my role, I approach each case with a clinical eye, yet my goal is to harness your own truth and power, however that may individually manifest.

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HELPING YOU meet your breastfeeding goals without judgement:

I am grateful to function as a holistic professional, IBCLC, and RN outside of the hospital paradigm. This allows me to “say it like it is” without the constraints of corporate structures or management. At the same time, I am experienced working within those structures, I can see them for their value, and I am happy to coordinate care with whomever you choose to follow you through pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

 

I have seen health care from many perspectives, both personal and professional, and I have compassion for each individual’s experience and point of view.

I am guided by a holistic philosophy, but also respect and honor the role that allopathic care plays in higher-risk situations, or simply if that is what you need and want for you and your baby.

WHY CHOOSE A HOLISTIC LACTATION CONSULTANT?

 

I don’t think it is possible to provide lactation support without integrating the many factors that may influence a woman’s pregnancy, birthing, newborn and postpartum experiences. Breastfeeding does not exist in a vacuum, and that is why I broaden my practice to include a social-emotional, holistic approach to pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care.

 

Social change  and uplift cannot progress without greater value for this work. Healing of our culture, I believe, must begin with valuing children and that cannot be successful without properly tending to the care, nurture and empowerment of mothers and parents, particularly in the postpartum period and first years of a new baby's life. 

This is the work for me.