Although Stephanie earned and is very proud of her CLC designation (Certified Lactation Counselor*), she believes that her best qualification to teach and moderate discussions about breastfeeding and parenting comes from first-hand experience with her three daughters (that's her youngest, Iris, at right when she was four days old). Iris was diagnosed shortly after birth with Down syndrome, and although the diagnosis was scary and has been challenging in myriad ways, she brings just as much joy and awe into her family as her older sisters do. In her former professional life, Stephanie was an editor and writer, most recently focused on family travel for Disney's Family.com.
Alison is a painter/muralist, writer, and mother. Growing up in Manhattan and Hastings-on-Hudson with dreams of being an artist, she got discouraged by cultural feedback about a life in the arts, and forged a successful academic path instead. Yet after her years at Smith College and Oxford University, with a degree in art history and English literature under her belt, Alison faced the many options before her and found that none of them resonated. It wasn't until becoming a mother in 2004 that Alison was able to tune back in to her childhood desires and recover creatively, a journey she chronicles on her blog, True North: Reclaiming a Creative Life. Her murals can be seen locally at Springhurst Elementary School, Dance & Theater Arts Studio in Dobbs Ferry, and The Purple Crayon Center for Learning and Social Innovation. Alison lives in Yonkers with her two young daughters, her firefighter husband, and lots of art supplies.
* Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) are individuals who have successfully completed the Healthy Children Project's Certified Lactation Counselor Training Program, an Accredited ANCC Nursing Skills Competency Program™ and are also certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP).