Debbie began working with Mothers & Babies in 1976 as an RN in Labor & Delivery. Throughout her career she has continued to work with babies and their families. Besides Labor & Delivery, she has cared for mothers and babies during their post partum hospital stay and as a visiting nurse after discharge from the hospital. She spent 3 years of her career working with families undergoing fertility treatments.
In 1998, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has since worked with hundreds of mothers and babies helping them reach their breastfeeding goals. Debbie founded The New Born Baby in 2004 to help meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers in the community. She knows and understands the difficulty many women have trying to reach their breastfeeding goals in a society that is very much dominated by formula feeding. She has a special interest in latch difficulties and milk supply issues. Debbie networks with lactation consultants in private practice around the world to stay abreast of the ever evolving field of lactation.
Debbie writes study modules for the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) that are published in the Journal of Human Lactation and on ILCA's website.
In 2007 Debbie trained as an Infant Massage Parent Instructor and fell in love with all aspects of Vimala McClure's method of infant massage. She is very interested in a holistic approach to welcoming the new born baby into the family and infant massage fits right in. She loves lullabies and storytelling and has future plans to develop along with Madeline Browning a program designed to help mothers learn rhymes and sing lullabies, as well as tell their stories to their babies.
Debbie is one of the co-founders of Mothers and Company (MoCo), a company located in West Boylston, MA. Mothers and Company provides classes and essentials for parents during pregnancy and throughout the baby's 1st year. She teaches breastfeeding classes at The New Born Baby, Mothers and Company and St. Vincent Hospital.
Debbie is part of breastfeeding.com's popular "Ask an LC Live" consulting with breastfeeding women around the world.
Debbie is the mother of 3 breastfed (now adult) children. Her difficulty nursing her firstborn probably provided the framework for her passion to help mothers and babies succeed at breastfeeding.