Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC
As a college freshman, Ellen attended a talk about birth centers, and came out on fire about birth! From there, her professional journey has been a blend of her love of science and a desire to care for young families in a respectful, sensible, and evidence-based way.
Her biology degree focused on botany, and after nursing school, she was a perinatal nurse and co-director of a maternal and child health program at a family medicine center. During her 13 years with Family Medicine, she developed a love of lactation consulting. She has been a lactation consultant since 2000. In 2009 she decided to return to school to pursue a love of research, and obtained a masters and doctorate in public health. She currently practices at a freestanding birth center providing body-focused lactation care, which is a blend of IBCLC work and craniosacral therapy, and specializes in treating difficult cases of breastfeeding pain and dysfunctional suck. She also is a Research Scientist in Clinical Lactation at NC State University, where she is able to design and carry out lactation research. And finally, she advocates on the state and national level for the integration of IBCLCs into the healthcare system. See more about her work at her site
Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC
Rebecca began her lactation journey with her undergraduate senior thesis, evaluating a WIC breastfeeding education program. After working as a doula and childbirth educator, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health, in Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina.
There, she was also in the first class of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a Pathway 2 IBCLC training program. Following graduation, Rebecca worked full time as an IBCLC in a large academic hospital. She then became the Director of Lactation Services at a busy freestanding birth center, expanding the lactation services there to 30+ appointments/week. She continues to see lactation patients, and loves working with mothers and babies every day. After encountering obstacles to becoming, and working as, an IBCLC, she is excited to be offering education that allows other LCs to establish their practices.
Nicola Singletary, MAT, M.Nutr., IBCLC
After studying biology at Meredith College, Nicola spent the early part of her career sharing her love of science with middle school students. It was not until after the birth of her first child in 2007 and the challenges she faced breastfeeding that she became interested in pursuing a career in breastfeeding support.
She enrolled at North Carolina State University to study human nutrition and completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. In 2013, she completed the requirements for the Master of Nutrition degree at NCSU and worked part time in a pediatric practice providing lactation support as an IBCLC. In the fall of 2013, she opened Harmony Lactation, LLC with the goal of helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. She also works part-time at as an IBCLC at a large academic hospital. She is currently a PhD student at NCSU and her research focuses on breastfeeding education in schools. See more about Nicola at her site for Harmony Lactation