After almost 10 years in the lactation field, I decided to alter direction. Now, I share my passion by helping others achieve success. My ramp up process is designed to empower your team and outfit them with the tools they need to succeed. Talk to me today about how I can support your growth, limit your turnover, and put you on a solid track to success and profit.
Stephanie Carroll is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who lives in southeastern Ohio - specifically Gallipolis, Ohio. She began her journey into the lactation field in 2007, when her first born, Chloe, was born. Stephanie had all kinds of issues right from the beginning -- too much IV fluids during labor, extreme weight loss in her infant, not being able to latch the baby and so forth. Her daughter became jaundiced and she ended up exclusively pumping -- and only to switch to formula by 3 months. It was at this point Stephanie felt let down by her healthcare providers and by the access to care she was given. In 2010, Stephanie had her second daughter, Jaycee. This time around, she researched and educated herself over and over again on breastfeeding and what to expect after the baby was born. She had a baby born with a lip tie, dealt with oversupply, mastitis, and milk blebs, however she succeeded in breastfeeding for 2 full years. It was in 2010, the local WIC director asked Stephanie to join the WIC team as a Breastfeeding Peer Helper at her local office. As someone who just graduated from college with a degree in Communications, this was quite a surprise career, but such a fulfilling one at the same time.
So, her passion grew and took off. She became widely known as "WIC Breastfeeding Peer Helper Stephanie" on Facebook, as the first breastfeeding peer to take the education to social media. She earned her CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist) in 2012 and her CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) in 2013. She sat for the IBLCE in July 2015, to find out she passed and earned the credential of IBCLC in October 2015, the same month she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a concentration on Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting at Union Institute and University. Stephanie now works as a Sales Manager for Mommy Xpress and has her private practice in lactation consulting, Appalachian Breastfeeding Services. She graduated with her MBA in early February 2019 from Colorado Technical University. She works for Lactation Education Consultants as an instructor and media manager. Stephanie has continued to do contract website development and management (www.thebreastconsultant.com) for those working in the lactation field since 2013. Stephanie is also available to present on various Appalachian-centered breastfeeding topics at conferences, meetings, or educational sessions. For more information click here.
In May of 2016, Stephanie, along with a few coworkers, thought up the idea of Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, dreaming that one day our parents would have the access to lactation care that they deserve. Basing ABN upon Ohio research in 2011 and 2016, a fire began to grow and initiatives began to piece together. In just one year, the network grew to 11 states and 250 members, one that continues to grow to this day. Stephanie received an award in March 2017 at Ohio Lactation Consultant Association's Annual "Breastfest" Conference as an "Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent" and at this conference ABN received a $1,000 grant to help fund the 1st Annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Conference in October of 2017. ABN has been featured as USBC's June Coalition Spotlight in June 2017 and achieved 501(c)3 status in June 2017 as well. She received the "Emerging Leader Award" from USBC in August 2018. The first listed cultural coalition under USBC continues to grow as Stephanie, along with the rest of the board, works diligently to increase access to care.
Stephanie is also the ABN Member-At-Large to Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and Conference Program Committee Co-Chair for USBC.
When not busy with the above, Stephanie enjoys being a single mom to her girls, traveling (especially Disney World!), and jigsaw puzzles.
My service includes a comprehensive consult to help identify gaps and opportunities, a comprehensive report that includes a project plan with timelines and milestones, a cost analysis, and a schedule. I also offer a suite of quality marketing tools that will help you get there quickly and smoothly. And with a specialized skillset in the maternal-child health field, that’s how we ensure your success.
Business mentors are key—that’s why when it comes to client selection, I am choosy. I want to give each of you the time and guidance you deserve. Whether you’re seeking a strategic alliance with the right partner or a special skillset or tool, contact me today. Together we’ll create and refine your plan for success. I didn’t get there alone. And neither will you.
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