Leslie Stern

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)


I always knew I wanted to work with mothers, babies, and families to assist and empower them. I first became a lactation consultant in 1997, while I was in school at Columbia University, attaining my Masters in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Before that, I graduated with my Bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1992 and then worked for several years in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Knowing that I wanted to be around birth, began working at the Long Island Birth Center and Glen Cove Hospital.  I found that I had a special love for helping Moms and babes with breastfeeding. I now have two children of my own who have both been happily breastfed.

Lorraine Rocco

Registered Nurse (RN)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)


My love of birth and breastfeeding began with my own personal experience with my first child.  I had many challenges and felt so overwhelmed! The help I received was so compassionate and comprehensive that it inspired me to want to do the same for other mothers.   At that time I was a pediatric BMT and oncology nurse at Duke University Hospital.   When I returned to work I was lucky enough to secure a job at the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center as a labor, birth and postpartum nurse.  I have since had many years of experience assisting with births both in hospitals and in birth centers.  I became a lactation consultant in 2011 and have grown and developed my skills, knowledge and intuitive know-how over the years.  I also have a strong mindfulness meditation practice that I weave into the work that I do, most specifically through teaching Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting courses and providing Birth Story Healing sessions.  I love to walk with new families through the transition to parenthood and I am continually humbled and awed by the experience.  I have three children now that have all been breastfed and when I am not serving families I am usually hanging out with my own.  

© 2015 by Leslie Stern.

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