About Me

 

Kira is an extroverted introvert, a lactation consultant and  an activist for reproductive justice and informed consent and refusal during birth. As a student midwife through the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance and Mercy In Action, she prides herself on being an abundant fountain of information as she religiously keeps up with the latest studies, research and reviews.
As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant,  she has a clinical interest in the impact of fetal positioning during pregnancy and birth on the infants cranial nerves and it’s ability to breastfeed effectively.  She has done extensive research and training in oral restrictions, facial and cervical spine anatomy and orofacial myofunctional disorders.  (Short version: She looks at how birth impacts the baby’s ability to use it’s muscles/tongue to nurse effectively)
She is also involved in reproductive rights, supporting families in their rights to chose where and with whom to give birth.  Whether she is helping new families navigate the early days, helping a breastfeeding duo define their own success or giving a parent space to be listened to and understood, she is honored and humbled to be able to make a difference. She lives in Lynn, MA with her husband, four kids and a maniacally lazy cat.  When she’s not immersed in all things birth-related, she can be found snuggling the baby, playing cello or piano, decorating her house with craigslist finds, and being a kitchen witch making plant based medicine for her family.

 

 

Background:

B.A. Sociology/Public Health (University of California, Irvine)

IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

Retired La Leche League Leader

toLabor trained Labor Doula

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (TCM and raw methods)

Student midwife (Massachusetts Midwives Alliance and Mercy in Action)

Fertility Awareness Educator

Professional Organizations (member of):

American Pregnancy Association

ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association)

La Leche League International (affiliated with Salem, MA and Shanghai, China groups)

CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

MMA (Mass Midwives Alliance) Supporting Member

ICTC (InternationalCenter for Traditional Childbearing)

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)

Random facts:

I have played cello for 20 years.

I’m a c-section Mama, CBAC Mama (homebirth transfer for Cesarean) and have had two HBA2C births

I was a Navy brat.

My first son was named after Kierkegaard.

I knit breasts.

I have a penchant for sarcasm.

I dream in sepia.

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