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Audience listening to panelists

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
03:00 PM

Milky Milk Time
an afternoon of pro-breast-feeding events
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Panel in action: Left to right, Dr. Kristina St.Clair, Alexa Clay Shjea, Doula, Susan Fisher, R.N. Musician: Mandy Jane
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  • We are delighted to host a joint Athens Conscious Parents/
    Full Bloom Center Event

    Parents and parents-to-be are welcomed to ATHICA to enjoy the Nurture exhibit and fascinating presentations on breastfeeding by expert panelists -- all while their children have fun with experienced children’s dance teacher Lisa Yaconelli in the adjacent Floorspace Creative Movement Center. The gals from Alpha Omicron Pi sorority will be on hand to babysit children 6 mos. and up ($5.00 suggested donation per child).

    Milky-Milk Time Schedule:

    3 - 3:30:
    Parents view exhibit/child-care drop off at
    Floorspace Creative Movement Center for dance/babysitting
    (Child care runs til 5:00 p.m.)
    $5.00 suggested donation per child.
    Presentations & Q&A
    The Importance of Support to Successful Breastfeeding
    -Pat Nielsen, M.Ed., CLC, LCCE, Director of Full Bloom Pregnancy and Early
    Parenting Center
    Current Breastfeeding Rates and Barriers To Continuation
    -Melanie Garland, RN, ICLBC
    Nursing is Normal in Athens - A Photography Project in the Making
    -Alexa Shea, Doula and Susan Fisher, Certified Nurse Midwife
    Breastfeeding Q&A Panel
    -With all presenters and Dr. Kristina St.Clair, Pediatrician &
    Breastfeeding Workplace Expert
    Nurse In Begins
    Parent interaction and child care pick-up
    Tunes for Kiddiewinkles,
    performed by Charlotte Lee and Mandy Jane
    Reception with Refreshments

    Presenter & Performer Bio’s:
    Melanie Garland, RN, IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

    Melanie Garland, LLLL, RN, IBCLC currently volunteers as a La Leche League Leader, and works at Athens Regional Medical Center as a Lactation Consultant. Her interest in breastfeeding was piqued during nursing school, and she began helping other mothers while nursing her own babies. She lives in Athens with her husband and two children.

    Pat Nielsen
    , RN, M.Ed., CLC, LCCE, Director, Full Bloom Pregnancy and Early Parenting Center

    Full Bloom is the fulfillment of a dream for its founder. Both as a young mother and in her professional life, Pat has been keenly aware of the lackof a community of support surrounding pregnancy, birth, adoption and parenting. She believes that a family's experiences during this exciting and vulnerable time can set the stage for the rest of their lives - as parents and as human beings. Her passion and commitment to supporting "newborn" families comes from her own experiences as a mother to two wonderful (now adult) children and from working with expectant and new parents for over 25 years. High quality, evidence-based education, a holistic view of pregnancy, birth and parenting, and a warm, open and loving style characterize this endeavor.

    Pat lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband. She is a registered nurse,

    birth and postpartum doula, lactation counselor, birth photographer and
    certified childbirth educator. She loves mommies and daddies and babies! When she is not at Full Bloom, she enjoys photography, gardening, quilting, knitting, reading and spending time with her family and friends

    Susan Fisher
    , CNM, Nurse-Midwife at Athens Regional Medical Center

    Susan M. Fisher, CNM is an Athens nurse-midwife and current director of the Athens Regional Nurse Midwifery Practice. Her training was at Emory University where she was awarded the highly competitive Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship in 2004 and 2005. She and her husband Kerry are the parents of two children.

    Alexa Shea
    , Athens Conscious Parents founder

    Alexa Shea has been working with birthing families in one form or another since she was a little girl. She feels absolutely lucky to be a doula and prenatal and children's yoga teacher. Alexa lives at Earthsong with her two little gurus Elie and Abram. She loves living and working in Athens and can't imagine being anywhere else. Alexa founded Athens Conscious Parents over five years ago as a way to connect the amazing, creative Athens families she worked with to one another for support and
    information. It started as a scribbled out phone tree and quickly grew into what is now an active yahoo list of almost 300 members. Besides serving as a valuable community resource, ACP's members are also committed to public outreach and service and have organized a handful of successful events over the years.

    Dr. Kristina St.Clair

    Dr. St.Clair went to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, and did her pediatric residency in Norfolk, VA at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. She has been a general pediatrician in Athens for 11 years. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor, and has been a physician advisor to Athens' Community Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a presenter for the American Academy of Pediatrics's EPIC Breastfeeding Education program. Dr. St.Claire advises employers on how to make their workplaces breastfeeding-friendly.

    Musicians: Charlotte Lee & Mandy Jane

    Ms Lee is whipping us up 'Tunes for Kiddiewinkles,'a set of children’s music -- something she has wanted to explore for quite a while. Newly returned to Athens from a stint back in her native Florida, Lee’s music draws from any number of musical pursuits, including covering the country-music laments, Leonard Cohen ballads and whatever else strikes her fancy. Some might recognize Lee as the former clogging percussionist and back-up singer for Athens' old-timey band the Jumpin' Jesus Christers. She performed at ATHICA last spring in the Wine, Women & Song nigh affiliated with the Crafting Romance exhibit.

    Joining Lee will be longtime Athens’ performer and chocolatier Amanda
    Crouse, whose performance moniker is Mandy Jane. Known for her kick-butt performances as Mandy Jane and the Jaws of Life with spouse Ken Manring --the pair behind the popular eatery White Tiger Gourmet Food & Chocolates-- her vocals recall the ghosts of Tammy Wynette. A performance artist who has appeared under many guises, in 2005 Ben Gerrard described Crouse's Mandy Jane persona in a Flagpole Magazine Club Notes column thus "Mandy Jane sounds a little like Conway Twitty, and is resplendent in a long red lace ball gown, sporting two six guns on her hips and a gravity-defying blonde hair-do, as she sings "Drop Kick," an ode to football and all things red and black."

    Lisa Yaconelli
    - Floorspace Creative Movement Center
    -See www.floorspaceathens.com for more on the center.
    -Any questions about the childrens’ events be directed to Lisa Yaconelli

    Nurture: Video and Photography by Amy Jenkins...
    ATHICA’s winter exhibit, includes the 19 minute video, Audrey Samsara, of the artist nursing her 18-month old daughter, which was censored in 2004 in NYC and has shown internationally since then. Also included isMilky-Milk, a 2 minute dangling video monitor showing the artist’s own lactating breast.
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