Thank you for visiting The Second 9 Months in Seattle, Washington. I have been a lactation consultant in private practice here in Seattle, for longer than anyone I know! My first career, however, was as an educator. I worked in the field of special education for 10 years as a researcher, teacher and an administrator. After the birth of my first daughter in 1990, my interests changed. I became fascinated with newborns and the experience of breastfeeding.I have been helping women breastfeed for over 20 years–which translates into over 5000 mother/baby dyads! I volunteered with La Leche League for six years, taught breastfeeding classes and worked as a postpartum doula before I started my Seattle business in 1996. The Second 9 Months was born out of a desire to support women in becoming the moms they want to be and to help them overcome breastfeeding challenges. I love my work! It is amazing to have a career that enables me to do what I love.
On a personal note, I am a single mother of 2 grown daughters. At this writing my daughters are 29 and 26 years old. (Yes they were breastfed!) They have taught me so much and I continue to learn from and be challenged and inspired by them. I have lived in Seattle for over 30 years. When I’m not working or parenting, I’m usually gardening, practicing my violin or doing some house project. Whenever we get a chance, the girls and I escape to the mountains or the beach.
For more information or if you have any questions at all, please call or send me an email. I would be happy to talk with you. You can also visit my Frequently Asked Questions page.