Why I do what I do: history and background
RN, BSN, MS, Mother of 2, IBCLC,RLC, CCE, CIMI, CST (cert.appl.), ANLC, CKC
Nikki started her professional life as a nurse in the Intensive Care Units of Bellevue Hospital, New York City, in 1971. After the birth of her first daughter in 1975, her interest in breastfeeding bloomed. She worked with breastfeeding mothers when she was a public health nurse, and was librarian for her local La Leche League chapter. Her passion for mothers and babies was unleashed in full at Booth Maternity Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1986, Nikki has made mothers and babies the focus of her career. The birth of her second daughter in 1990 only strengthened her dedication.
Her publications include Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy, the monographs “Benefits of Breastfeeding and Their Economic Impact”and “Sexuality and Breastfeeding” and the educational pamphlet “How to help yourself through labor”. She is a frequent contributor to Lactnet, the international list-serve for breastfeeding helpers and writes reviews for both the Journal of Human Lactation and the Old-Time Herald, a magazine dedicated to old-time music.
Nikki is a childbirth educator, a lactation consultant, an infant massage instructor, a cranio-sacral therapist, a researcher, a writer, and a public speaker. She was the Film Reviews Editor for the Journal of Human Lactation from 1994 to 2006. At present, she maintains a private practice as a consultant (with a wide range of clients, including a health department) , is adjunct faculty at Union Institute and University, and teaches infant massage classes at the BreastfeedingResourceCenter.org. Her other interests include figure skating, back-up rhythm guitar (Cajun and old-time), and bodhran.
Nikki imagines clean air, clean water and fresh wholesome food being major international goals. She imagines that the pursuit of armaments and war is dropped, because it isn’t good for babies. She sees everyone, everywhere, caring for and about babies.