My name is Kara and I'm so excited to meet other SETX mamas and babies to help them with their feeding needs. I am a SETX native who returned to the Beaumont area in 2013 after completing grad school. I'm married to my nerdy college sweetheart, Andrew. I also have two kids, Natalie (age 5) and baby Theodore, aka 'Teddy' (5 months).
I am so happy to bring a unique feeding clinic to the SETX area after personally realizing that there are very limited resources in our area for mamas/babies who are struggling. I found this out the hard way when my daughter was born in Dec. 2014. After struggling to breastfeed my daughter with a painful latch, every latch, for months- the ugly head of post partum depression sunk in. I made it my personal mission from that point forward to help mamas and babies so that they wouldn't have to go through what I personally went through.
I am a licensed occupational therapist, which is the basis for my training in feeding and swallowing. After acquiring the 1000 hours needed to test, I certified as an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) in 2018. I have clinical experience working in the hospital setting at Baptist, serving families in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), as well as Labor/Delivery and Mother/Baby units.
I now serve our community outside of the hospital at the clinic full time! And will be serving Port Arthur WIC clients starting this summer!
Assessment of the functional movements of the lip and/or tongue. Education and follow-up services pre/post tie revision including wound management and oral motor stretches to promote optimal outcomes for baby and mama.
A complete package taking care of all your breastfeeding needs, including an individualized pre-natal breastfeeding education session and pre-scheduled follow-up visits at critical times for babies growth on the 3rd day of life, 14th day of life, and at two months of age.
Mama Support Groups
Facilitate a variety of community based support groups to meet the unique needs of mamas in SETX, including: NICU support group, post-partum depression support group, new mama groups, and more as available.