Centering a holistic standard of care

Bloom Lactation Cohort

Supporting Our Communities Through Holistic Lactation Support & Care

Join Our 3rd Bloom Lactation Specialist Cohort

Photo of Dr. Sekeita Lewis Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC training on baby weighs. Cohort members Khalilah Harris, JD, Ed.D, and Shante Ferguson attentively focused on building their skill set. Painting on wall is from artist Lauren J. Turner.

 

The Bloom Collective is passionate about getting more Black and Brown folks trained to better support families along their lactation journeys. Through the Bloom Lactation Cohort over 40 Black and Brown folks have participated in our Bloom Lactation Cohort to become Certified Breastfeeding (Lactation) Specialists (CBS), since 2020. The certification is through a collaborative partnership with Lactation Education Resources and Bloom Collective as an opportunity to increase lactation support persons.

The Bloom Lactation Cohort centers the historical and contemporary issues Black and Brown mamas and birthing persons face and advances a holistic community of care model. Our cohort participants gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Historical and Contemporary Implications for Lactation
  • Disability Justice, Care & Support
  • LGBTQIA+, Queer, Trans, & Gender Affirming
  • Maternal Mental Health (Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders)
  • Structural Determinants of Health
  • Reproductive Justice Framework
  • Contraception & Lactation Support
  • African, Indigenous & Black Southern Postpartum Traditional Care
  • Herbalism & Nutrition
 

Cohort Overview

The Bloom Lactation Cohort seeks to increase decolonized , inclusive and liberatory lactation education and enrichment opportunities.

Cohort Orientation starts April 24, 2022, and our monthly hybrid/virtual cohort gatherings meet every 3rd Sunday, from 3 PM to 5:30 PM starting in May and ending October 2022.

Cohort participants will receive:

  • 54 Hours of Didactic Self-Paced Online Modules
  • Certification Examination
  • 18 Hours of Enrichment Learning
  • Community of Support & Practice
  • Access to Resources
  • After successful completion, participants will be a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
  • Costs $650 (Payment Plans Available)

Bloom Cohort Registration

Registration for the Bloom Lactation Specialist Cohort is open for folks to join us in delving deep into the world of providing holistic care to community members through cultural humility, inclusivity, and committed to “doing no harm.” Registrants can live anywhere in the country, and must be committed to holistic, anti-racist, decolonized, liberatory and gender expansive care. 

Please complete the registration form, as we want to get to know you and your background, and what brings you to this work.

Payment plans are available for cohort registrants. Please select the plan that works for you. In addition, Scholarships are available for Black & Brown folks who serve Greater Baltimore. More information on Scholarships is below.

Bloom Lactation Cohort

Registration & Payment Options

One Time Payment

Two Payments

Four Payments

Six Payments

Photo is of cohort participant Leah Hairston, MSSW, FSD, PE, CBS during our in-person clinical trainings. On the wall, is a painting by Lauren J. Turner entitled, "Breastfeeding in the Park."
Bloom Lactation Cohort

Scholarships

The Bloom Collective is passionate about getting more Black and Brown folks trained to better support families along their lactation journeys. Through the Bloom Lactation Cohort over 40 Black and Brown folks have participated in our cohort to become Certified Breastfeeding (Lactation) Specialists (CBS), since 2020. The certification is through a collaborative partnership with Lactation Education Resources and Bloom Collective as an opportunity to increase lactation support persons. Our scholarships are funded through a portion of a grant and generous funders who believe in increasing Black & Brown support persons in lactation.

Scholarship recipients must identify as Black or Brown, and live in or already be serving Greater Baltimore (which includes up to 30 miles from Baltimore City). There are limited number of scholarships available. Please be thoughtful and intentional in completing your applications.

Scholarship Applications Close February 28, 2022

Cohort Facilitators

Janiya Mitnaul Williams, IBCLC

Program Director, NCAT Human Lactation Program, North Carolina A&T University

Sekeita Lewis Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color and Mama’s Mobile Milk & Lactation Education Resources

Stephanie Etienne CNM, MPH

Co-Founder, The Bloom Collective, Herbalist, Filmaker, "Listen to Me" Documentary

Jennifer Day IBCLC, RLC

Owner, Feed the Babes, Co-Founder Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color, Community Building Project Manager, Michigan Breastfeeding Network

Desirée Israel, LCSW-C, CBS

Co-Founder, The Bloom Collective & Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color

Moss Froom, FSD, CBE

Owner, Moss the Doula, Trans & Queer Centered Full Spectrum Doula & Childbirth Educator

Reginald Day, CLC

Founder, Get At Me Dad, Fatherhood Expert, Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color, co-Facilitator, Nature's Playhouse

Tanay Lynn Harris CBS, CPE, PD

Director & Co-Founder, The Bloom Collective

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