My name is Kris Rauschert. I'd like to begin by providing you with my credentials:
* International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)(RLC)
* Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
* Certified Birth Doula (CD-DONA)
March 2017 marked my 12th anniversary as a Certified Birth Doula (CD-DONA). My experience as a Doula actually began earlier than my certification date, since a main element of certification is providing Doula services to a minimum of three (3) clients. As of April 2017, I've attended 75 births. Please take a look at my How To Hire A Doula page for fee information, plus much more.
In the Fall of 2005, I became a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, trained by La Leche League® International. Just a few months later, Babies "R" Us asked me to teach small seminars on breastfeeding. At the request of Babies "R" Us, I also provided seminars on Birth Doulas. I still give classes on breastfeeding and baby basics at Babies "R" Us locations in Schaumburg, South Elgin, and Algonquin. As you will see in the final paragraph below, I have moved far beyond La Leche League®, as I'm now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
In April of 2007, I was certified as an Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI). I've been amazed by the benefits of infant massage, and the bonding and security that comes with massage. UPDATE: Interest in this service was minimal. I've discontinued offering infant massage instruction in order to focus my energy on my other services, primarily breastfeeding/lactation.
In June of 2007, I was the subject of a photographic journal in the print-version of the Northwest Herald newspaper of McHenry County. I was honored to have the opportunity to expand the exposure of Birth Doulas, and I take great pride in being chosen as the subject for the article.
In July of 2007, I was invited to speak at the 50th Annual La Leche League International Conference held at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois (July 20-23, 2007). The La Leche League Alumnae organized "Rejuvenation Activites" in between global speaker sessions. On Saturday, July 21, 2007, in the Waldorf Room of the Hilton Chicago, I spoke from 11am to 12pm on "Introduction to Infant/Child Massage". This condensed infant massage class was visited by lactation consultants, nurses, physicians, childbirth educators, health care providers, parents, and of course, some children. It was an honor.
In June of 2009, I became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), and began teaching Lamaze classes right away. The setting for my childbirth classes is primarily very laid-back, without the stuffiness typically found in hospital childbirth classes.
In March of 2010, I added another lactation designation to my educational background by becoming a Certified Lactation Specialist. This was another step toward certification as a lactation consultant.
In late October 2014, I was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). From my beginnings as a La Leche League Breastfeeding Peer Counselor 9 years ago, running forward 4½ becoming a Certified Lactation Specialist, then moving forward another 4½ years to October 2014, I have amassed thousands of hours of clinical experience.