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Meet Jen!

I was a Labor and Delivery nurse when I became a mother for the first time, and thought my professional experience would make breastfeeding a breeze. However, I encountered many early challenges and discovered first-hand that, outside of my own professional network, breastfeeding support was lacking in my community. As I learned how to help myself through my own struggles, I discovered my passion for breastfeeding and all things lactation! As my knowledge base and skills grew, I knew I wanted to serve breastfeeding families in an advanced role so I became an IBCLC in 2007 and haven’t looked back! 

 

During my 10 years as an IBCLC at a large Fort Worth hospital, I welcomed our second daughter and completed a Master's program to become a  Family Nurse Practitioner. In the Family Medicine Clinic setting I was able to continue to care for newborns and their families while developing advanced lactation skills. With the launch of my private practice in 2022, I am excited to focus solely on education and low milk supply support in addition to Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine services! I would be honored to partner with you at any point in your lactation journey!

Jennifer Gerard Nurse Practitioner IBCLC

LICENSURE

  • RN - South Carolina compact license

  • APRN (counseling & consulting only)  SC, TX

  • APRN (full practice authority) FL, IA, ID, NE, NM, VT

  • APRN (without prescriptive auth.) WV

 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2007

  • Family Nurse Practitioner since 2017

  • Perinatal Mental Health Certified since 2021

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Texas Tech University

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Texas Woman's University

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • IBCLC Master Class (Intuitive Parenting Network

  • Gut-Brain for IBCLCs (Intuitive Parenting Network)

  • Thyroid Optimization Course (The Elite NP)

  • Women's Health and HRT Course (The Elite NP)

  • Babies in Common Pumping & Feeding Gear Workshop

  • Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training (Chrysalis)

  • GOLD Lactation Conferences

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