What is an international board certified lactation consultant?
Lactation consultants are allied health care providers who, by meeting eligibility requirements and by passing an independent examination, possess the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to facilitate breastfeeding. With a focus on preventive health care, they encourage self-care and decision-making prenatally and postnatally. Lactation consultants use a problem-solving approach to provide appropriate information, recommendations and referrals, in a variety of settings.
Danielle Berry, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
Danielle received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from IU-Bloomington in 2007. She moved to Chicago, IL where she worked at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital as a postpartum nurse. Through this role she realized her passion for supporting breastfeeding mothers and became a breastfeeding counselor. In January 2011, Danielle started working at Community Hospital North as a labor and delivery nurse and by 2012 she was a part of the lactation team! She is a certified lactation consultant and currently works part-time as a lactation consultant and part-time as a labor and delivery nurse. She also teaches the breastfeeding basics class offered to expectant mothers and their partners to prepare them for their breastfeeding experience.
She and her husband live in Fishers and have three young children, a son and twin girls. Breastfeeding twins has allowed her to give personal insight and support to mothers desiring to nurse multiples. Danielle loves teaching and being a positive light on breastfeeding whenever given the chance! She is currently back in school working on a master's degree. She plans to use her new credentials to continue serving and supporting breastfeeding families with a focus on breastfeeding education.
Natalie Goss, IBCLC
Natalie is bilingual in English and Spanish and got her start in breastfeeding and parenting education at IUSON Healthy Families/MOM Project in 2001, where she worked primarily with Spanish-speaking families. She became a La Leche League leader in 2007 and continues to lead a local group (in English). Natalie earned her lactation credential in 2010 and has been working at Community Hospital East since 2013.
Natalie enjoys teaching moms how to meet their breastfeeding goals and watching as they discover confidence in themselves and their babies. When not working with breastfeeding, Natalie is a busy wife and mother to three school-age children and enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and baking yummy desserts!
Carmen Lawrence, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
Carmen has 14 years experience working with mothers and babies. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 2012, working in the Community North NICU. Prior to working as a lactation consultant, Carmen worked in the NICU as a nurse for 12 years.
Carmen received her bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Carmen has been happily married for eight years. She is mother to two beautiful children, and is involved in her local church.
Katrina Leary, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
Katrina has 22 years of nursing experience and has been an international board certified lactation consultant for 10 years. She has taught breastfeeding classes for 11 years and has been part of the lactation team at Community Hospital North for two years.
Katrina received her bachelor of science degree from IU School of Nursing. She recently helped form the Hancock County Breastfeeding Coalition and is actively involved in supporting breastfeeding mothers and families in her community.
Katrina has been happily married for 23 years and has three wonderful daughters ages 16, 18 and 20.
Chris Lundberg, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
Chris has more than 20 years’ experience working with mothers and babies. She has been a board-certified lactation consultant since 1994 and has worked at Community as a lactation consultant since 2004. She facilitates the Tuesday morning breastfeeding support group at Community North.
Chris received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from IU School of Nursing. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). She has served on the Indiana Breastfeeding Alliance (IBA) for more than 10 years. The IBA is associated with the Indiana Perinatal Network and works to promote and protect breastfeeding in Indiana.
Cheryl Parrott, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
Cheryl has worked at Community Hospital north for seven years, all of them on the maternity unit as a board-certified lactation consultant. She has previous experience as a labor and delivery nurse and has worked in a pediatric intensive care unit. Cheryl facilitates the Wednesday evening support group at Community North.
Cheryl received her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. A mother of two girls, Cheryl is a certified Zumba instructor and a self-professed Facebook addict. She encourages you to join Community’s Facebook lactation group to connect with lactation consultants and other breastfeeding moms!
Mary Roney R.N., IBCLC
Mary has 37 years of nursing experience, 35 of which are in OB and pediatrics. She started the lactation program at CHN 12 years ago and has had the great pleasure of watching it grow into what it is today.
Mary received her associate’s degree in nursing from Joliet Junior College in Illinois. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association and the Indiana Perinatal Network.
Mary has been married for 42 years to her wonderful husband, Dean, who has always encouraged her to continue doing the work that she loves. She has two children and five grandchildren who she enjoys spending as much time with as possible. She also loves gardening and travel.
Mendy Roudebush, RD, IBCLC
“I am so glad for the opportunity to be a part of moms’ and babies’ lives at such a pivotal point. I love what I do and I feel honored to be a part of special bond.”
Mendy is a lactation consultant at Community Hospital North. In addition to providing support to moms on the maternity unit, she facilitates the Wednesday evening support group.
A dietitian by training, Mendy became interested in lactation support while serving as the breastfeeding coordinator for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services in Marion County. In that role, she was involved with the Indiana Perinatal Network, on the state breastfeeding committee, coordinated WIC services at area hospitals, taught breastfeeding classes and participated in health fairs throughout the community. During this time she also received her lactation credentials. She has been an international board certified lactation consultant for six years.
Mendy enjoys her job very much, but her first priority is being a wife and mother of three beautiful children. She volunteers at her church and for her kids’ schools and activities, including serving on the parent teacher league and as a Girl Scout co-leader.
Mary-Ann Schmutte, IBCLC
Mary Ann has been a lactation consultant since 1995 and has been at Community Hospital North since 2005.
Mary-Ann has a teaching degree from the University of Kentucky. She has been a Le Leche League leader since 1974, having led groups in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Muncie, and Lexington, Kentucky. She is a board member of the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, a member of the Indiana Breastfeeding Alliance, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Delaware County and the Delaware County Breastfeeding Alliance.
In addition to work, Mary-Ann enjoys being a wife and mother to four children and grandmother of three. She enjoys traveling, both domestically and internationally, for pleasure and business. She has visited Baby-Friendly hospitals in China, Sweden, Denmark and South Africa.
Terri Shackelford, BSN, R.N., IBCLC
“I consider myself very fortunate to be able to make a contribution to the health and happiness of mothers and their infants by assisting in the initiation and maintenance of their breastfeeding relationship! I never cease to be amazed at women’s strength and determination to overcome obstacles in order to do what is best for their babies.”
Terri has 37 years of maternal/child nursing experience. She has been an international board certified lactation consultant for 15 years and started the lactation programs at Community East and Community South. Terri is currently the lactation consultant at Community East, teaches prenatal breastfeeding classes, and is one of the facilitators at the Thursday morning support group at Community South. Terri is also a preceptor and instructor for the Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency Program.
Terri received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).
The mother of three children, Terri enjoys gardening, traveling, reading, bicycling, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Sheryl Ward, BSN, RNC, IBCLC
Sheryl provides lactation support at Community Hospital South. She has 28 years of experience working in maternal child health, and has worked at Community Hospital South since the maternity unit opened in 1993. She received maternal newborn nursing certification in 1995 and became an international board certified lactation consultant in 2005.
Sheryl received her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan and is currently working on a master’s degree in parent child health from Western Governors' University Indiana. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the Indiana Perinatal Network. Her professional interests include providing specialized lactation support to premature babies and their parents, and to parents of multiples. She also enjoys teaching nursing students and new nurses.
Sheryl and her husband have a 23-year-old son and 16 year-old twin girls. They live in Greenwood with their four dogs.
JoAnna Wilson, BSN, RNC, IBCLC
JoAnna leads the lactation support program at Community Hospital South. She has worked in maternal/child health for 29 years, and has been in her current position as a lactation consultant for seven years.
JoAnna received an associate’s degree in nursing from Indiana Central University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ball State University. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics.
In her spare time, JoAnna is very active in her church and enjoys gardening, reading and walking.