Laura is our newest team member and a Naturopathic Doctor and IBCLC. Her passion for postpartum and infant care is the second thing you notice about her - the first thing is her love for her family. Laura’s devotion to her work is inspiring and it sometimes leaves you wondering when she might have time to do it all and be a mama to two little ones! On top of being a wonder-woman, Laura is easy going and a treat to chat with - get to know her better below!
WHAT DREW YOU TO PERINATAL WORK?
I have always been drawn to babies, for as long as I can remember. I found Naturopathic Medicine through my search for something that blended my passions for health, the environment, education, and nutrition. In my first week at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I discovered the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic. Right away I knew I needed to learn more and began my plans to pursue my IBCLC alongside my ND training. After I became a parent myself, I was even more pulled into the work. I remember coming out of my first 6 weeks postpartum when breastfeeding started to feel like it was on track and my head was finally above water- my awe for parents around the world grew exponentially and I knew I was on the right path professionally.
IF YOU WEREN'T A PERINATAL SUPPORT WORKER WHAT WOULD YOUR ALTERNATE JOB BE?
I honestly can't imagine not doing perinatal support work. If I had to choose though, it might be something different but related- perhaps social work with vulnerable families or work in child protection.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?
I knew very clearly (in grade 2 to be exact) that I wanted to be an artist AND an obstetrician. Not too far off!
IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TOMORROW WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
If I could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be to the Bangladesh/Myanmar border to offer safe infant feeding support to displaced families with new babies. And of course that would include a quick stop over in Bangkok to see friends I have there.
WHAT WOULD THE PERFECT OFF-CALL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I have a hard time being "off" to tell you the truth. And as a mama of 2 kids (one who is home with me), I am rarely alone for fun... so a perfect off-call day would be a day I could have someone watch my son for a few hours while I spent that time alone. I think I would sleep! Or if I was feeling rested- I'd go for a swim, get a massage, and end it off with a book at a local coffee shop.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE THING (OR TWO) THAT YOU HAVE NO GUILT ABOUT INDULGING IN?
A coffee every morning is such a comfort thing. I wish I was more of a tea person but coffee wins with me.
Name one thing...
... you look back on in your life that makes you feel proud:
My kids, hands down, are my greatest source of pride. When I see them take risks, show compassion, go out of their way for others, that is what fills me up.
... that usually surprises people about you:
Maybe that I actually didn't enjoy breastfeeding for the first 6 months (with my oldest). It comes up sometimes with patient's and they are always shocked because I am a lactation consultant. It was a hard adjustment for me, especially with a personality that likes to plan and predict.
... that's always in your fridge or pantry:
Bowls and stir fry's are a staple dinner for us, so usually always have some tofu, rice, peppers, greens, and onions.
What is your favourite...