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 Alisia Laffredi

Postpartum Doula & Lactation Educator

I am a Postpartum Doula as well as a Lactation Educator. My passion to work with new mothers began long before I had children myself. Although, it wasn't until I had my first child in 2015 that really lit the spark to finally start pursuing it as a profession. As i learned from my own experience, the lack of help hospitals can provide to breastfeeding mothers in the NICU, I began my classes as a lactation educator. It was an eye opening experience and I was happy to start giving advice and sharing my expertise with other mommy friends. I was surprised by how many mothers reached out to me and about how many mothers felt they didn't have the support they needed. Helping mothers and sharing my stories helped me not only reach my breastfeeding goal, but exceed it.

Breastfeeding wasn't the only hurdle I overcame with my first child. As a first time pregnant mother, I wrote my birth plan in hopes of a “natural non-medicated birth.” What i didn't expect was to be induced into a traumatic almost 3 day labor, that ended in an emergency C-section. I had to spend an additional 4 days in the hospital and my daughter spent a total of 7 in the NICU. Even with a wonderful support system, I was sent home to recover with a newborn and tough case of postpartum anxiety. As many others talk about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety is unheard of. Even after working in mental health for 5 years, myself, I had no idea what was going on with myself. When I decided to reach out for help, I was disappointed on the lack of support given to new mothers in my situation. It was then, that I began researching how I can share my experiences with the intent to educate and offer support to mothers. I had come across the word DOULA. The more I researched, the more I was confused as to why this was not something offered to all families.

After having my second child, I believe more than ever, that even a Super Mom needs support. While my passion is breastfeeding, I believe a mothers health and sanity is always priority and the importance of being open minded during a families most vulnerable time. I know every family and every child is different and what works for one wont always work for others. I understand a good support system is crucial for a happy, healthy family. Im a mother of two residing in the Coachella Valley area, with a strong background in; Crisis prevention and trauma counseling, breastfeeding support, newborn care, C Section recovery, NiCU and Birth Trauma experience and just the understanding of a family's need of support. Once upon a time, they used to say, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I still believe that to be true.