Allison Walsh is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (2006), Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (2000), and doula (2000) in private practice in New York City. She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the New York Milk Bank and trains childbirth educators as a Co-Director of the NYC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program. She is a past president of Lamaze International and currently serves on Lamaze’s Certification Council. Allison has represented Lamaze International as a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee since 2004, and has served in various leadership and committee roles. Allison is a member of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council, the New York Lactation Consultant Association, and an active La Leche League Leader since 2001. Recently, she co-chaired the Save the Birthing Center Committee which was a group of professionals, advocates and consumers who fought valiantly but unsuccessfully to stop the closure of the Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt) Birthing Center in New York City. Prior to the birth of her first child, Allison was a political consultant and community organizer. Skills from that “past life” are useful in all aspects of her work in the birth world. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and mother of three formerly and lengthily breastfed children.
LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC and co- founder of the worker owner Cooperative, Uptown Village Cooperative. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She resides in Harlem with her 10 year old daughter..
"Like most IBCLCs, we remember all too well what it's like to be that nervous mentee looking to find their path to certification. We actually met through a mentoring program in a big NYC hospital! These days, we are passionate about growing our profession and ensuring better representation within the IBCLC community. We've even turned this passion into a business! To us, it's not just about racking up clinical hours, but actually offering mentorship -- support, guidance, encouragement, and all the good stuff that comes with it! Mentees, and the families that they will serve, deserve nothing less!"