Lesley Karasinski

BSc, IBCLC

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Originally from the North East of England, my career began as a Registered Nurse. I knew very early in my professional life that I wanted to be a Midwife and that I had a desire to help women throughout one of the most wonderful and challenging times of their lives. I qualified as a Midwife in 1991 and worked in both the hospital and community setting throughout Cambridgeshire, attending births and providing postnatal care for new moms and their babies.

I later gained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and practiced as a qualified Health Visitor, visiting new mothers in their homes following discharge from hospital and providing education and support throughout the first few weeks of newborn life. I also offered counseling and support to mothers who had miscarried or lost a child, were undergoing infertility treatment and to families who had children with special needs.

It was during this time that I truly gained the experience and deep understanding of the emotional challenges faced by all new mothers and the universal need for support and individualized care.

I moved to the US in 1996 and delivered all three of my children here, each in a different state! All were natural births, all attended by midwives and my last son was born at home. My children were all exclusively and extensively breastfed and my daughter and eldest son tandem nursed.

Even though I entered motherhood with a wealth of knowledge about birth and life with a new baby, my personal adjustment to becoming a mother was not without difficulty. The early years of motherhood brought many challenges, both emotionally and physically. With my nearest family support an ocean away, there were many times I felt isolated and in need of reassurance that everything I was feeling was normal and that I was doing well as a new mum.  My own experiences have continued to develop my passion to help other women, to nurture and support their belief in themselves and their abilities as mothers.

I am a qualified breastfeeding counselor and more recently, a board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have further specialized training in postpartum wellness and emotion care and have facilitated new mom’s groups, breastfeeding and postpartum depression support groups. I am also trained in infant massage therapy through the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), as well as the use of clinical aromatherapy for labor and postpartum care.

I have always felt it a privilege to be part of the life changing experience of birth and the transition to motherhood for all of the women that I have known throughout my career. They have taught me so very much. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to share the knowledge and experience I have gained and to be able to support others on their own journey.

Lesley Karasinski and her family

Lesley with her children, Franceska, Alex and Marcus.