Help Ashley Help Breastfeeding Mothers-IBCLC exam Fundraiser
Organized by: Ashley Barrett
Final Update (So Sorry I Forgot Until Now!)
April 04, 2017
I'm Ashley. I'm a Lactation Educator, Certified Babywearing Educator, and La Leche League Leader in Oklahoma City. I've been fortunate enough to be able to help hundreds of families in my community be able to breastfeed and wear their babies to promote bonding. I'm a mother of 3 who have all had complicated breastfeeding issues. Each of my babies were tongue and/or lip tied which severely impacted their ability to feed at all let alone at the breast which requires more muscle coordination. I had one or two amazing supporters with each child after fighting hard to find that one or two that were able to offer the support we needed. We had major uphill battles with each child. It took my now 2 year old 6 months to be able to breastfeed well after help from several doctors, midwives, an excellent IBCLC, speech therapist, and well known ENT that provided her revisions. The years I have been a mother my husband has been in school. We have worked so very hard to provide the necessities in life and have had to reach out for help so he could attend grad school to provide a better life for our family and hopefully, within the next year or two, a place for our family to really call home.
What is an IBCLC? An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In order to even sit for the exam you need to complete 14 health science courses (including child development, anatomy and physiology, research and statistics, documentation, ethics, etc), 90 clock hours of lactation specific education, and 300-1000 clinical hours of breastfeeding support. Other credentials require 10-45 hours of lactation specific education and possibly some clinical hours of breastfeeding support. The IBCLC is an allied health professional that acts as a first line defense looking at mother and baby and has the tools to help with breastfeeding and the resources to refer when things are outside of their scope of practice. An IBCLC has a well defined scope of practice, ethical guidelines for practice, and competency skills.
What I've done to prepare and why I need your help: The test is quite rigorous besides and I have been working very hard studying for this exam for a full year besides completing these requirements over the past several years. A year ago I realized that I had completed all of my college courses required and just needed some continuing education courses and my 90 hours of Lactation Specific Education. I sold items, saved money, and worked hard helping families and taking in the funds that I could to self fund these pieces. Now we are trying to seek answers for my daughter's GI issues and have piling medical bills for her after her surgery while we await more testing to try and find out why she is so very sick frequently. I don't like asking for help. It's hard for me to reach out and ask you to give your hard earned money to me. I know I can make a difference in my community. I know that I can help mothers reach their goals. If I'm able to take and pass this exam I know I will be able to use my full capacity and knowledge to benefit mothers in my area. This is why I'm creating this fundraiser.
Exam fee: $660 due to IBLCE (credentialing body) before June 10, 2016.
I have raised $220 over the past few years saving birthday money, Christmas money, and money from babywearing consultations, etc. I have had business start up expenses taken out of the amount so the $220 is what I have left. I applied for a MILCC scholarship to try and make up the difference but I didn't receive it, I received the news today and only have until June 10 to pay the exam fee. I'm setting my fundraising to $660 because I also have start up costs of a scale and supplies to be able to even see moms as a home visit private practice lactation consultant. Any funds over the $660 total (anything raised over $440 from this fundraiser or other local fundraisers) that is raised will directly go to either purchase equipment or provide FREE lactation visits to low income mothers. Low income mothers don't have access to the support and help they need. I want to be able to help them meet their breastfeeding goals as well as those who are able to pay for my services.
If you donate money to this cause I can promise that I will work hard, continue studying hard so I can pass this exam, and will continue working hard to help the mothers in Oklahoma City, Mustang, and Yukon reach their breastfeeding goals. I will be a home visit lactation consultant in private practice so I can be able to pass along the best possible resources in my community so mothers and babies can get the best possible care locally. I will continue to educate myself and stay well informed of new research and evidence-based practices to be the best provider I can possibly be in my community. I will work hard so that I can fund recertification by CERPS (lactation courses and conferences) at the 5 year mark, and recertification by exam at the 10 year mark (and so on alternating every 5 years through my career). I'm an honest and hardworking mother. I know I can make a difference and impact in my community. I will continue to fight for low income mothers and all mothers to receive the care that they need.