Find Out More About the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Students

We’ve seen a lot of interest in our new Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program since we announced it recently. We currently have students from around the globe who have seen their Pathway 3 plans with us verified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Examiners (IBLCE). As of now, the program students represent 6 countries! As more students are accepted and registered we will continue to update this page with their bios. If you are looking to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant anywhere in the world, this may just be the program for you!

Education

CLEC, Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, University of California, San Diego

Location

Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Languages

English

Bio

When Hareem became a mother, she realized the absolute dearth of any amount of breastfeeding support available in her country of Pakistan. Slowly the word got out that she was continuing. Despite the lack of support available to her, Hareem continued to breastfeed. Slowly, the word got out about her breastfeeding endeavors. Hareem started receiving support requests from other women seeking lactation assistance, which peaked at nearly 80 unique cases every day! That is when Hareem started her breastfeeding support Facebook group, which after just a year, has 22,500 members. Hareem started working towards qualification as a lactation consultant based on the obvious need for support and education. Currently, there is only one skilled breastfeeding professional practicing in the entire country.

“I wish to become an IBCLC one so I can convince and train more people to get into this field. Help is very little, and the task at hand is much too large for us. My dream is to build a public health support system for breastfeeding that perpetually educates my community, society and eventually leads to changes in strategic policies.

“In absence of any IBCLC mentors available for me where I am located, LiquidGoldConcept’s Pathway 3 Global Mentorship program helps open the possibility of actual support and realistic training by experienced individuals. This was previously was not even a remote possibility for me.”

Renee Basham IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Student

Renee Basham
(She/Her)
BA, CD(BAI), CBE, CPST

 

Education

Bachelors in Youth Ministry, Asbury University

Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator

Certified Perinatal Nutrition Educator

Certified Car Seat Passenger Safety Technician

Location

Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA

Languages

English, Conversational American Sign Language

Bio

Renee has worked for five years as an executive director of a nonprofit that provides maternity services to lower socioeconomic families. 

Renee works with women of all backgrounds and experiences, primarily with adolescents, single parents, and victims of domestic abuse. Many of Renee’s clients find it challenging to access critical services that would provide them with much-needed support through their parenting journey. 

Skilled lactation support is needed within these communities and working with the nonprofit, Hope’s Embrace provides access to these services without the costly price tag or obstacles to care such as referrals or insurance companies.

“I selected LGC’s Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program to provide  IBCLC access to my community quickly and efficiently. I looked into several programs and was drawn to the rigorous learning provided by LiquidGoldConcept and the ability to work with my own clientele so I can get the services into my community as soon as possible.”

Madison Benstead Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program student

Madison Benstead
(She/Her)
BS

 

Education

BS, Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Attended CAPPA Lactation Education training

Location

Palm Springs, California, USA

Languages

English, Conversational American Sign Language

Bio

Every family deserves love, support, and knowledge to reach their feeding goals- however that may look. Madison is passionate about bringing lactation and feeding support to her community as they do not have a single IBCLC outside of the hospital within the area. With her degree in communication disorders, she has a significant interest in the role breastfeeding plays in supporting proper oral development and views addressing oral dysfunction early as a preventative measure for future health. Madison’s own personal challenges breastfeeding her boys helped her see where support was lacking and inspired her to become an IBCLC.

“I chose the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program for my clinical lactation training because it bridges the gap between education and hands-on experience with telesimulation to prepare for independent practice. The program covers a diverse number of topics and I am excited to feel confident in supporting every family wherever their feeding journey takes them.”

Lindsay Birckhead CLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Student

Lindsay Birckhead
(She/Her)
MS, OTR/L, CLC

 

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Education

BS, Communications, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Occupational Therapy, Columbia University

CLC, Healthy Children’s Project

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Bio

Lindsay is an occupational therapist who has been practicing in Philadelphia for over 10 years in acute care. Her two active boys, 8 and 4, keep her on the playground daily where she is able to connect with local neighborhood parents. She is involved with Stanton Community Partners, which supports her son’s Philly public school to facilitate increased access to arts and language. In addition, she enjoys coordinating ladies’ nights to support local organizations and listening to audiobooks (because who has time to read with their eyes these days).

“LiquidGoldConcept gives me the opportunity to achieve my goal while building upon activities in my life I complete daily. I am always talking about “functional life”, participating in life in the places you already are, and this program will help me do so.”

Leigh Campbell IBCLC Global Mentorship Program Student

Leigh Campbell
(She/Her)
MD

 

More About Leigh:

LinkedIn

Education

Bachelor of Science, Rhodes College

Doctor of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Residency Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location

Ridgeland, Mississippi, USA

Bio

Leigh is a board certified pediatrician and neonatologist who practiced high-level NICU care in Mississippi’s tertiary care center. She worked closely with postpartum individuals to provide lactation support for their newborns in the nursery. Additionally, she supported families with babies in the NICU, where the nutritional and medicinal powers of breastmilk was essential to optimize health outcomes, emotional connection, and bonding of the dyad. 

Leigh transitioned into public health as the Child Health Medical Consultant at the Mississippi State Department of health after the birth of her third child. In this role, she also served as the Assistant Program Director and Neonatal Lead in the state-wide Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative, which worked with birth hospitals throughout the state to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. 

Leigh is a lactation enthusiast with a deep desire to serve Mississippi as a certified lactation consultant and offer guidance for transition of the dyad into the perinatal period. She believes in a holistic approach to life and blends evidence-based medicine with nourishment of the mind, body, and heart in her practice. Her perinatal yoga offerings provide movement, education, and community to empower the transformation of pregnant and postpartum bodies to emerge into parenthood. Her fervent desire to pivot her focus and career into breastfeeding medicine was initially rooted in her own struggle and journey breastfeeding twin girls. Leigh’s connection to the medical world offered her opportunities for lactation support that was wrongfully not available for all dyads. It is essential to build an environment for breastfeeding success that offers timely and skilled perinatal lactation support to optimize the physical and emotional health of families and the larger community as a whole.

“With great anticipation and excitement, I chose the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program without hesitation based on the professional caliber and quality of education and training offered. The team is deeply committed to comprehensive mentorship with a view that breastfeeding is a public health priority. It is an honor to receive an invitation into a program where clinical competence is achieved through a process of active learning, reflection, and finally growth into independent practice. All families deserve access to lactation consultants who have completed such comparable training. The Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program is at the forefront of innovation and creativity in its mission to overcome barriers, disparities, and lack of access to promote breastfeeding worldwide.”

Erin Fikowski, student, Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Erin Fikowski
(She/Her)

 

More About Erin:

LinkedIn

Education

BS, Construction Science, Texas A&M University

Location

Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Bio

Erin grew up in Texas but has lived in several countries during adulthood. Her hobbies include traveling, swimming, baking, and running, and is currently training to run the Boston Marathon this October.  She is married with two children and loves exploring nature with her family when she is not working as a casting director in the film industry.

“I am looking forward to learning from the knowledgeable team of instructors and the accessibility of online mentorship.”

Heather Grissom Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Heather Grissom
(She/Her)
Birth & Postpartum Doula, Homebirth Assistant

 

More About Heather:

Hatch Doula Services Website

Education

BS, Biology, University of North Carolina Asheville

Location

Saxapahaw, North Carolina, USA

Bio

Heather has been working as a birth & postpartum doula for 10 years and as a homebirth assistant for 4 years. She lives in Saxapahaw with her partner & son on their small farm. She enjoys spending time outdoors in her garden, camping, & spending time with friends. It is her hope that families feel confident, empowered and safe during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. It is her dream to create a space where families can come together to foster community & support one another in the process.

“I am very excited about the telesimulations & I appreciate the diversity that LiquidGoldConcept provides.”

Andrea Hamlett Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Student

Andrea Hamlett
(She/Her)
RN

 

Education

BA, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

RN, Santa Barbara City College, California

Location

Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands

Languages

English, conversational Spanish

Bio

Andrea is originally from California but currently lives in The Netherlands.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2003 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she pursued a career in healthcare.  She attended Santa Barbara City College and subsequently earned a Registered Nursing degree.  

As a California Board Certified Registered Nurse, she worked at both Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.  After over 10 years in the medical field, she relocated to the Netherlands where she has spent her time volunteering for numerous organizations and raising two children.

Andrea is a founding member of the International School of Haarlem’s first Parents Committee.  She also volunteered as the Playgroup Facilitator and Children’s Events Coordinator for “English Speaking Haarlem”, an ex-pat support group.  

In May of this year, Andrea founded the “New Mum’s Meet-Up” in Haarlem.  Here she acts as the current Facilitator, providing support for new parents who live abroad and have been isolated from their friends and families due to the COVID pandemic.  She has always had a strong bond with women, babies, and children, both personally and professionally.  Working as an IBCLC in the Netherlands allows her to provide education and support to a global community of women. 

“The communication training students get in the virtual environment with the standardized patients is very important because it’s giving you an opportunity before you’re in front of a real patient to practice your communication and empathy skills with a human being in a safe space.

“I think having interaction with a live person where you can make mistakes in the beginning and you can learn is incredibly important for the lactation consultant profession.”

Education

PhD, Human Sexuality Studies: Sex Education, Widener University (Chester, PA)

MEd, Human Sexuality, Widener University (Chester, PA)

Baccalauréat és arts spécialisé approfondi en psychologie, Université d’Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Location

Welland, Ontario, Canada

Languages

English, French, Intermediate Spanish

Bio

While pursuing her doctoral degree, Ashton experienced two unexpected nursing challenges. She triple fed her first for 6 months, with the advice “keep trying, you’ll get it.” Later, she nursed her second child for 6 weeks, with a tongue tie release that didn’t improve transfer. After 2 weeks with an SNS, Ashton chose to exclusively pump until her second child was 9 months old. Ashton’s lactation consultants were amazing at offering advice at the breast, but she found that they had little advice for the exclusive pumper. Based on her personal experience, Ashton decided to  become an IBCLC for 3 reasons: 

  1. to provide better exclusive pumping care to exclusive pumpers globally
  2. to provide inclusive support for chestfeeding individuals to align with her  background in human sexuality
  3. to publish exclusive pumping peer-reviewed journal articles with an IBCLC credential.

“I chose LiquidGoldConcept to help supervise my IBCLC Pathway 3 clinical hours because the nearest IBCLC placements for me are several hours out of town, and would take me years to accrue. I also love the concept of telesimulations as I imagine my practice to be mostly virtual, being that  exclusive pumpers find the majority of their support virtually.”

Jessica Howard, DO, student pathway 3 global mentorship program

Jessica Howard
(She/Her)
DO

Education

BS, Biology, Virginia Tech

DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

Location

Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Bio

Dr. Jessica Howard has been practicing primary care pediatrics since completing her residency in 2013. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. When she isn’t caring for the babies and children at the office or hospital, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young boys. Her interests also include yoga, running, Virginia Tech football, and a good glass of wine. 

“When I learned about LiquidGoldConcept, it seemed to be the perfect fit. I already have exposure to many newborns and lactating mothers; all I need is guidance, education, and mentorship to be able to achieve an IBCLC certification. The ability to do this virtually will fit with my current practice and schedule perfectly.” 

Eliza Koo IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Student

Eliza Koo
(She/Her)

 

Education

Diploma in Digital Media,  Singapore Polytechnic

BA in Communication Studies, the University of Western Australia

Diploma in Child Psychology, Centre of Excellence

Location

Singapore

Languages

English, Mandarin

Bio

During Eliza’s breastfeeding journey with her second child, she encountered several unexpected challenges such as both low and oversupply, and contracting mastitis 7 times within the first six months of her baby’s life. It was then when she first understood some of the various ups and downs of breastfeeding that many parents go through.  

Eliza believes that breastfeeding and lactation support in Singapore still have great potential to grow and become more readily available. An increasing number of mothers in Singapore exclusively breastfeed their babies and understand that breastfeeding is important,  however there are many mothers that still struggle to navigate the challenges of breastfeeding (e.g.  misinformation provided by professionals/caregivers who are not trained in lactation, the lack of awareness in regards to available resources such as breastfeeding workshops, balancing work demands, etc.). Driven with a passion to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals, she is pursuing her  IBCLC certification and is currently studying to be an Advanced Lactation Specialist with LiquidGoldConcept. 

“I believe LiquidGoldConcept’s training to be both engaging and interactive. Additionally, the curriculum covers a diverse range of lactation situations and settings that can be challenging to come by in traditional training programs.”

Alexandria O'Sullivan Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Student

Alexandria O’Sullivan
Perinatal Educator, Doula

 

Education

AA, Philosophy, Douglas College

AS, Biology, Douglas College

Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers Certificate, Douglas College

Location

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Languages

English, Conversational Gaeilge

Bio

Alex is a wife, mother, perinatal educator, and aspiring lactation consultant born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She studied philosophy, biology, and breastfeeding at Douglas College, and Anthropology and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of British Columbia. 

This combination of research and experience has impressed upon Alex the reality that breastfeeding is more than mere biological function or personal choice. The experience and normalcy of childbirth and breastfeeding are shaped by our historical, cultural, and social landscapes. As such, Alex recognizes the need for promoting a culture of breastfeeding through practical, evidence-based, and judgment-free lactation support that treats women as capable, autonomous individuals. She hopes to provide women and support persons with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make the best decisions for their families and achieve their feeding goals.

“I chose LiquidGoldConcept because I knew I wanted to pursue Pathway 3 but was unsure where to find a mentor. Although I have already completed my required lactation-specific education, I am really looking forward to the telesimulations, and the experience and additional knowledge they will provide me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study under such passionate, experienced, and educated mentors.”

Ailya Patel Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Student

Ailya Patel
(She/Her)
MBBS, ND (qualifying)

 

More About Ailya:

Dr Ailya Instagram

Education

MBBS, Deccan College of Medical and Health Sciences, India

ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada

Location

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Languages

English, Urdu, Hindi

Bio

Ailya Patel is a non practicing – physician mother of 5 kids who chose to stay at home to raise them.  She recently went back to school to pursue a degree in Naturopathic Medicine out of her curiosity for alternative medicine.  When she’s not studying for exams she likes to sew and work with wood.

“I started my IBCLC journey two years ago by completing 90 hours of lactation education through a centre in Toronto.  It is also the only one of its kind offering mentorship through Pathway 3. Due to the current COVID situation I have been wait-listed since then for mentorship hours as they are unable to accept a large number of in-person students as they had once done before. When LiquidGoldConcept was presented to me I took the opportunity immediately, as it would be the best fit for me to complete the hours needed under the guidance of a mentor ”

Angel Prabhat CLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Student

Angel Prahbat
(She/Her)
CLC

 

Location

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bio

As a breastfeeding mother, Angel became passionate about breastfeeding when she experienced feeding issues due to undiagnosed oral ties and food allergies with her first child. Her second child had similar issues. This began a journey to educate herself in order to help other mothers overcome similar issues. She believes there should be more breastfeeding education, that just because breastfeeding is natural, does not mean it’s always intuitive. And that everyone deserves access to breastfeeding support. 

She is currently a stay-at-home mom and has 3 beautiful children with her husband. The youngest of which was just born at the end of May 2021. She enjoys traveling, schooling her children and is passionate about all things breastfeeding, birth and parenting.

“I chose LiquidGoldConcept because of their detail-oriented training, and their diverse group of IBCLC mentors. Through this program, they not only give you the education and knowledge needed but they also set you up for success by giving you all the tools needed to help parents succeed in their breastfeeding journeys.”

Elizabeth Sack Student Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Elizabeth Sack
(She/Her)
MD

 

Education

BS, Political Science and French, Trinity College

MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Residency, Tulane-Ochsner Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Languages

English, French

Bio

Elizabeth is a board-certified pediatrician who practices Pediatric Hospital Medicine in New Orleans. She is also an elected member of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee. When she is not at the hospital or participating in local politics, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three young children, and their Goldendoodle puppy.

She discovered when she had her first baby that her medical education had included surprisingly little about breastfeeding. The knowledge she has gained from a dedicated community of women physicians who are committed to correcting this deficit in medicine has truly enhanced her practice as a pediatrician. Becoming an IBCLC will allow her to better support moms and their babies in achieving their breastfeeding goals.

“I learned after stumbling upon LiquidGoldConcept somewhat by accident that several of its teachers are women pediatricians whom I consider to be heroes in the area of breastfeeding medicine. The program seems to me to be the closest I could get to completing a fellowship in this area. I appreciate the team-based approach, as well as the rigor the program provides.”

Rosie Se IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Student

Rosie Se
(She/Her)
MA, MSc

Education

Bachelor’s degree, MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from University of Oxford

Master of Science, MSc Social Work from University of Bristol

Location

London, England, UK

Bio

Rosie’s worldview has been shaped by unique experiences such as studying feminist literature at Oxford University, receiving her  MSc in Social Work, and adventuring all over the world while supporting vulnerable women, children, and families from London, UK, to the Middle East, Africa, and now the US. Over the past 12 years, she’s worked in women’s refuges, rape crisis centers, children’s social services, and anti-human trafficking charities. Most recently, Rosie helped lead and run parenting and breastfeeding peer support groups in London’s Kings Cross, Lewisham, and Brockley. It was here where she had the opportunity to train as an accredited breastfeeding peer supporter, and where she also witnessed firsthand the barriers to accessing high-quality breastfeeding support. 

This unique background has formed Rosie’s firm belief that breastfeeding has the power and potential to reduce socioeconomic and health disparities, heal traumas, and support maternal and infant health and wellbeing across communities, cultures, and continents. 

“The Liquid Gold Concept Global Mentorship is so exciting – it provides the rich opportunity to learn from health professionals, mentors and peers all over the world, and share knowledge and insight from cross-cultural perspectives. I am particularly looking forward to practicing and developing clinical competence across a broad range of skills through the telesimulation cases.”

Jean Viaud Murat IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Student

Jean Viaud-Murat
(She/Her)
RN, BSN, CLC

 

 

Education

ALPP – Certified Lactation Counselor 

Bachelor of Science Nursing, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Location

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Languages

English, French

Bio

In her career as a Registered Nurse, Jean worked with premature babies in the NICU and saw first hand the special set of breastfeeding challenges faced by those families. After living abroad and having her own children, Jean realized just how many new moms struggled with breastfeeding and were not provided with research-backed information, even in the hospital.  With that need in mind, Jean became certified in Lactation Counseling in order to open her own practice. Today she is pursuing an IBCLC to further develop clinical skills. 

“I chose the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program because of its outstanding clinical learning model. Its online concept is also compatible with my professional and personal schedule.”

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