Lactation Consultant Mentorship Program

Program Description

This program is seeking candidates, preferably (but not exclusively) women of color or those not identifying as women of color, but who choose to serve in communities of color.  Candidates must be pursuing pathway 3 and may apply to the program if there is a vacancy.  Interns may work out their schedule with their mentors but must be willing to serve at least 2 eight hour shifts per month.  Hours will be served in our breastfeeding clinic and may include clinic visits, home visits, as well as shifts served with our hospital partner, North Kansas City Hospital.  Interns are free to utilize other clinical settings in addition to our program to complete their hours.

Application

To apply for the Lactation Consultant Mentorship Program please send your resume along with a brief summary of why you would like join the Mentorship Program at Uzazi Village to Mariah at mariah@uzazivillage.org

If you any questions about the program or your application please email or call Mariah at 913-486-8568 or mariah@uzazivillage.org

Candidates must

1) Agree to our Code of Conduct

2) Attend a volunteer training

3) Read the assigned readings

4) Participate in any professional education that Uzazi Village offers during their internship (encouraged not required)

5) Orient to our Breastfeeding Clinic policies and procedures

6) Interview with the Director of Lactation and or Executive Director for final approval and fill out an application and worksheet.

7) Agree to pay the mentorship fees (by sliding scale) as agreed upon.

8) Obtain malpractice insurance

9) Complete a Federal background check ($11)

10) BLS (CPR for Healthcare Providers) card

11) Meet requirements for clinic sites (i.e. flu shot, TB test, etc)

Lactation Consultation Mentorship Purpose

The purpose of the Uzazi Village Lactation Consultant Mentorship Program is to:

1) Increase the numbers of Lactation Consultants of Color serving the metropolitan area

2) Improve and increase access to pathways to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for those who wish to serve childbearing women in the urban core and communities of color

3) Utilize the expertise of seasoned IBCLCs  and offer them an opportunity reproduce themselves in students of color, and to serve in communities of color

4) Improve breastfeeding initiation and duration in previously underserved communities of color who have had historically limited access to any lactation professionals

5) Decrease infant mortality and morbidity rates (as they are impacted by breastfeeding)  through the promotion of breastfeeding in the  urban core among populations that have historically low rates by creating culturally congruent breastfeeding professionals to inform, support, educate, advocate, and protect.