Jenny is a Craniosacral Therapist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse, Empath and past volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Jenny lives in the Perth Hills with her partner and two (pre-teen) sons. Her experiences with a high intervention traumatic first birth, home birth (second time round) and parenting her second child with cows milk protein intolerance (CMPI) have shaped her both personally and professionally.
She was inspired to help other mothers with breastfeeding after experiencing outdated and undermining breastfeeding advice with her first child. She became a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, running groups and volunteering on the national breastfeeding helpline. This lead to qualification as a Lactation Consultant and experience in the hospital setting. Realising that services for tongue tie were scarce she established a tongue tie clinic at Baby Steps Health Centre in collaboration with a GP.
Relevant past experience includes nursing in paediatric and GP clinics as well as in the area of mental health. She has also assisted in the organisation of many breastfeeding conferences around Australia while working for Breastfeeding Conferences. In this role she has met many eminent thought leaders in the breastfeeding field, stayed up to date with research and gained valuable knowledge in the art and science of breastfeeding.
She is constantly inspired by the breastfeeding women and babies she works with and has learned a great deal about individual breastfeeding challenges. It became clear that many breastfeeding challenges were unresponsive to usual lactation consulting strategies. Many mothers were trying their best with a baby that was not capable of effective breastfeeding (no matter which breastfeeding position was implemented). There were babies with sucking difficulties that were not tongue tie related (eg. tight jaws, uncoordinated suck, strong suck). Something else was needed to help these babies and western medicine did not have any answers. Craniosacral Therapy is not as well known in Perth, as other places in the world. Jenny found it to be extremely helpful in managing her own health challenges with chronic dizziness. She travelled to Melbourne over a two year period to complete the diploma course with Body Intelligence. Combining this holistic, gentle therapy with lactation support helps babies to breastfeed more easily.
While she intends to specialise in babies and the pre and post natal period. Jenny is trained to treat adults and older children. Cranio is beneficial for all ages.