The birth of Emilie’s first child in 2012 inspired her to train and work as a birth doula. As a mother of two and doula, Emilie experienced the awe-inspiring, emotional, and often challenging road of pregnancy, birth, motherhood and human-milk feeding, which ultimately lead her to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
On her journey to becoming an IBCLC, Emilie was grateful to have been mentored and clinically trained by the IBCLCs and providers at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, and by the IBCLCs at West Penn Hospital. The commitment to continuing education and clinical excellence at the Breastfeeding Center and Kids Plus left a lasting impression on Emilie.
Before discovering her passion for birth and breastfeeding, Emilie’s fascination with the human body and biological world motivated her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her interest in health education and the intersection of the biological and behavioral health sciences lead her to pursue a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. After graduating from Pitt Public Health, Emilie worked in health policy.
Enthusiastic natives of Pittsburgh, Emilie and her family can often be found playing outside, going on local adventures, diving into creative endeavors, cooking, baking and sharing what they make with others.
To learn more about Emilie, check out her episode of Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh Q&A: