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Emily Silver

Hello!

Over the last 13 years I have devoted my life to the care of new families. I've worked as a midwive's assistant, a birth and postpartum doula, and a childbirth educator. In 2020 I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). As an IBCLC, I have gone through the most rigorous training available to provide evidence-based clinical lactation care.

I have additional training in maternal mental health through Postpartum Support International, as well as formal education in homeopathy and herbalism from Birthingway College of Midwifery. In 2023, I completed my Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan, with a focus on population health and applied epidemiology. I am committed to making the world a safer place by relentlessly striving for health equity for all birthing and breast/chestfeeding people and their children.  

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My Story

I began my career in birth work when I was in my early 20s -- about 10 years before having kids of my own. It has always been very clear to me that my life's work is to support people through the profound transition to parenthood. From 2008-2011, I attended Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR while also spending several years assisting at homebirths. During that time, I learned to trust the normal physiological processes that have kept humans alive throughout history.

 

Imagine my surprise several years later when I felt ready to start my own family. I had supported so many other families through healthy pregnancies, beautiful births, and successful lactation journeys. I expected nothing different for myself.  In reality, my personal story is filled with infertility, loss, birth trauma, and an incredibly challenging breastfeeding journey. 

I know what it's like to be faced with unexpected challenges. I know firsthand how hard it is to dig deep and persevere when it feels like everything is stacked up against you. I know the joy and exhilaration that comes once everything finally clicks and falls into place.  

 

Raising tiny humans is no joke -- it's hard and messy and often really isolating. Listen when I say that you are not alone. No matter what feeding challenges you're having right now, we'll work on it. Together.

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