IBCLC Lactation Consultant in Private Practice
Liz is available for in-your-home lactation consultations in the Montgomery and Philadelphia County (Pennsylvania) areas. She budgets two hours for a consult, which involves: a complete history and assessment of both parent and baby (which may involve touching the parent, and offering a gloved finger to the baby to suck on); observation of a full feed-at-breast (if the baby is latching); pre- and post-feeding weights (to measure milk transfer, accurate to 1/10th of an ounce); preparation with the family of a written care plan; appropriate handouts and teaching tools; writing and submission within 24 hours of report(s) to the primary healthcare providers; and unlimited phone consultation follow-up to address the original concern. Fee-for-service clients are asked to pay $200.00 on the day of the consult (by cash, check, credit card or PayPal). Liz is not currently aligned with private health insurance companies (a business decision based on her solo private practice), and encourages families to check with their health care insurers to see how they can access lactation care and equipment at no out-of-pocket expense. Liz does some consultations by phone, computer and e-mail; fees are based on time. You can Contact Liz for more information and to schedule a consultation.
Liz is a popular speaker in local, national and inernatoinal venues, using wit and wisdom to explain legal and ethical issues of interest to IBCLCs and others working with breastfeeding families. Visit her LactSpeak page to see her presentation topics and list of past conference/education venues, and upcoming speaking schedule. To inquire whether Liz is available to speak at your conference or workshop, use the Contact page.
Liz is the author of the only textbook of its kind, Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC, published in 2012. Her book is available via Amazon or directly from the publisher. She also wrote chapters in each of five other books (two yet-to-be-published: The Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 3rd ed. (2013, Jones & Bartlett: Burlington, MA) (chapter 1, “The IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs”), Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th ed. (2016, Jones & Bartlett: Burlington, MA) (chapter 1, “The Lactation Consultant: Roles and Responsibilities”), and the penultimate text for IBCLC private practitioners, The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice (2003, Jones & Bartlett: Sudbury, MA) (chapter 9, “Legal Considerations”).
Expert Witness and Legal Consultant
Liz has been qualified, and provided testimony, as an expert witness on breastfeeding and human lactation, and in child development as affected by lactation (in Philadelphia County Family Law court). She has served as a forensic and legal consultant in several states, in litigation involving breastfeeding families. Liz’s legal training and expertise is in federal administrative law, litigation and ethics (federal civil and criminal law, and as a Congressional lobbyist). She was a criminal prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Today she continues to serve on arbitration panels in her local court system, and by court appointment as a pro bono child advocate (representing child victims of abuse) with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. Her years as a courtroom attorney make her a polished and experienced witness. Her knowledge of legal protocol and procedure make her a quick-study on any issue, able to provide valuable insight and timely reports to legal advocates.