Name: Sara Goff
Hometown: I grew up in Brainerd, MN, have lived in many places over the last 15 years as a military family and now we call Bayport, MN home.
Family: My husband and I have 6 children together, 2 adult children and a grandson!
Please explain your role at Health Foundations: I am the IBCLC Lactation Consultant of the team here at Health Foundations.
What is your educational background and training? I became certified as an IBCLC in 2011 after almost 10 years as a La Leche League leader and military breastfeeding peer counselor. I have served as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator as well as creating and teaching a milk program for birth workers.
Tell us a little about your own birth: My own birth was quite the event involving an ambulance ride from Brainerd to St. Paul when my mom was 32 weeks pregnant. NICU's were very different in 1978! What always struck me when my mom has told me my birth story was how she had a wonderful young doctor who signed off on my discharge from the hospital after prescribing skin on skin care and lactation support from La Leche League. When I gave birth to my first baby at 31 weeks her story, my story, came rushing back to me and fueled me through the long NICU stay and inspired my career in lactation support.
What is one of your favorite things to do when you are not at Health Foundations? I love to travel, team for women's retreats and create art of all kinds.
If you could get on a plane tomorrow and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The beach...any warm beach with rolling waves.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Teleportation! I have beloved friends all over the world and it’s hard to be so far removed from so many.
What inspired you to get into your field? When I was in labor with my first baby at 31 weeks knowing there was no stopping birth they started assembling a NICU team to be present. The nurse practitioner in charge introduced herself between contractions and asked if I had any questions... without even thinking the question that spilled out of me was "Can I nurse?" In that moment being able to breastfeed my baby became the most important thing to me. Without hesitation her reply was "yes, of course!". My daughter was born minutes later. During her month in the NICU, a lactation consultant helped me over and over again. After a particularly difficult day, she met me in the hallway and listened to the trials of the day and said "you should consider becoming a peer counselor". That comment became the seed that grew my passion for lactation.
What do you love about Health Foundations and what is your favorite part of your job? I love the team and community here at Health Foundations. My favorite part of my job is seeing the magical connection between parents and their babies.
What is your philosophy on birth? Birth and Milk are innate, instinctual and DIFFERENT for every person. I believe in the power of community and story to nurture, heal, inspire and challenge us to be our highest self in pregnancy, birth, milk, parenting, and life.
What advice or wisdom can you share with pregnancy or new mama readers? Trust your baby, your body (and your milk!) + surround yourself with a community of people that feel supportive and empowering!