From January 2021 – August 2022, I will be pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing at the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. I recently received my PhD from the University of Maryland’s iSchool; my dissertation was titled Breastfeeding Without Nursing: The Lived Experiences of Exclusive Pumpers. Following the birth of my daughter and successfully breastfeeding without nursing, I became committed to conducting research into the experiences of those who exclusively pump breast milk. You can follow along with my findings by joining my Facebook group. I am an ALPP Advanced Lactation Consultant and have done postpartum doula training and work. Click here if you are interested in the lactation services I offer. I also offer professional editing services.
I am originally from (the old) York in the north of England but moved to America in 2008. I’ve traveled extensively and love every second of the adventure of a new place. I’ve done death penalty defense work, opened and run a café, and have been an utterly terrible lawyer. The common thread that runs through all of these apparently-random pursuits is my innate motivation to help real people with real world problems. I ride (and fix…) my motorcycle, turn yarn and wool into vaguely more useful things, embark upon ambitious DIY projects (usually successfully), bake ridiculously tall cakes, get in touch with my Slytherin side with my pet snakes (though I am mostly a Ravenclaw), and snuggle with my total love bug of a 16lb polydactyl tabby cat, Axel. I am progressively failing to live up to the English stereotype of drinking lots of tea as I increasingly realize that coffee is life.